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Burl/WB United Way Welcomes New President

Burlington/West Burlington United Way President, Chet Young, welcomed a new president today at the 88th Annual Meeting Luncheon at the Pzazz Convention and Event Center. During his speech, he shared how proud he was to be part of an organization that does so much for the Burlington and West Burlington area… “When I have people come to me and say “my child got to go to Y-camp or girl scout camp, or boy scout camp because of your contributions”, I say, thank you United Way.” Jerry Krause of F&M Bank will now lead the Burlington/West Burlington United Way as president. Other candidates chosen to fill a couple seats were KC Fleming as the 2015 General Campaign Chair and Dan Luttenegger as the General Campaign Associate. Continue Reading

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Iowa Talking Seriously about Medical Marijuana

Legislative leaders like House Republican Leader Linda Upmeyer say the tide may be turning for efforts to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, although they don’t expect legalization to happen this year. “The discussion has risen to a different level or changed appreciably this year.” Upmeyer, who holds a masters degree in nursing, says legislators “want to be educated” because “technically it’s very challenging” to write a law that would legalize marijuana use in limited circumstances… “But I think there is interest, certainly. The moms who testified make a very compelling argument for folks to at least study this issue and see what’s possible.” Continue Reading

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WIU Receives $50,000 from State Farm

Bloomington’s State Farm has given $50,000 to Western Illinois University’s Business and Technology Program. The money will go towards a new classroom lab that will include an 80-inch flat screen monitor, and deal with things like apps, 3-D graphics, and other forms of digital media. WIU Alum and State Farm Assistant Vice President for Corporate Systems, Bill Miller, says there’s more than one purpose for State Farm’s partnership with Western…. “We want to identify students and graduates from Western Illinois that are potential State Farm employees, and can make a difference for state farm customers. On the same hand, we also want to help Western prepare students for post graduation.” Continue Reading

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Ash Borer Open House Draws Dozens

THERE WAS NEARLY A FULL HOUSE AT THE BURLINGTON LIBRARY’S BIG MEETING ROOM LAST(THUR) NITE, AS CITY OFFICIALS…THOSE FROM THE DNR…AND PRIVATE CONTRACTORS TEAMED UP TO EXPLAIN AND ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT THE EMERALD ASH BORER AND WHAT THE TOUGH-AS-NAILS BEETLE WILL DO TO BURLINGTON’S BIG CROP OF ASH TREES.  

PLANNING & PARKS DIRECTOR ERIC TYSLAND SAYS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING RIGHT NOW, IF YOU’RE AN ASH OWNER OR HAVE ONE ON THE RIGHT-OF-WAY BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND STREET IS DETERMINE ITS CONDITION AND CALL THE CITY’S PARKS DEPARTMENT.  

 

THAT PHONE NUMBER IS 753-8131…OR YOU CAN GO ON-LINE TO THE CITY WEB SITE. Continue Reading

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Dead Homeless Man Found in FM Woods

Fort Madison police found a dead homeless man Monday near the Burlington-Northern Sante Fe Tracks. The body of 52-year-old Tim Lundquist was discovered between the 2400 block of Avenue N and the tracks. The medical examiner said he died of natural causes. Police say Lundquist sometimes stayed at the Fort Madison homeless shelter or with friends. He had apparently set up a make-shift camp in some woods near the tracks. Continue Reading

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Horses Given Back to Donnellson Man

A Donnellson man whose horses were taken from him over a month ago, is getting them back. In January, 55-year-old Jeffery Graber of 1930 Hwy 2 in Donnelson, had apparently not been feeding or taking care of his horses, so authorities found new homes for the animals. At a hearing yesterday, held at the South Lee County Courthouse, they ordered the horses to be returned to Graber due to a procedural error. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will continue to monitor the horses, which have responded favorably while in foster care. The court’s decision however, does not affect the pending criminal charges filed against Mr. Graber. Continue Reading

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Arrest Made in Connection with Jefferson Street Meth Lab

Burlington Police have made an arrest, one day after discovering the ingredients and equipment used to make meth at 1310 Jefferson Street. 29-year-old Stephanie Gibson of Burlington was charged with possession of a controlled substance- meth, and possession of drug paraphernalia, after she approached officers Tuesday night to find out what they were doing at her home. Police invited Gibson to the station, where she agreed to let them search her purse. In it, they found drugs and some accessories. Continue Reading

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Ribbon Cut for New YMCA Gymnastics, Cheer Center

THE BURLINGTON YMCA CUT THE RIBBON TO ITS NEW GYMNASTICS AND CHEERLEADING CENTER YESTERDAY(WED). THE FIRST THING YOU NEED TO KNOW IS THAT IT’S AT A DIFFERENT PLACE — TURN INTO THE PARKING LOT OF THE FORMER BAKERY STORE AT 28-30 MT. PLEASANT STREET AND KEEP GOING. INSTRUCTOR KARA JAMISON SAYS THEY HAVE A LOT MORE SPACE THAN THEY HAD AT THE “Y” ITSELF…ABOUT 9,700 SQUARE FEET NOW… AND VERY FEW AGE RESTRICTIONS. Continue Reading

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Veteran LeeCo Dispatcher Put Others At-Risk

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa emergency dispatcher has resigned after her agency said she mishandled calls for service, was caught sleeping on duty and accessed police databases improperly. Records obtained by The Associated Press show Lee County dispatcher LeAnn Wellman failed to notify police when she dispatched fire officials to a boiler fire at a Fort Madison preschool last year, hindering the response. In November, ambulance workers had to break a home owner’s window to respond to a health check after Wellman failed to give them a door access code. Wellman also used a state database to look up driver’s licenses photos of acquaintances out of curiosity. After drafting a termination notice, the county let Wellman resign Dec. Continue Reading

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Mt. Pleasant Street Overpass Situation Similar to Cascade’s

It’s been a rough winter and it hasn’t made Burlington’s bridge situation any better. As most have probably seen, a portion of the Mt. Pleasant Street overpass is surrounded by caution cones. Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau explains what the issue is… “There’s an expansion joint there that had frozen, and in order to get that repaired, we have to wait for a thaw to occur.” Continue Reading