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Fire Destroys Lee County Home

The Wever and Denmark Fire Departments battled a large housefire in the early Monday morning hours. At around 3:40 am, the Fire Department received a report of a fully-engulfed housefire at 1950 295th Avenue in rural Lee County. Scanner reports indicated that everyone inside the house as well as their pets managed to escape the home safely. Denmark Fire Officials say the house was almost completely destroyed. The names of the owners have not been released. Continue Reading

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Maddison Lange Crowned Miss Burlington

Burlington’s representative at the Miss Iowa pageant has been selected. Maddison Lange, a University of Iowa Sophomore and Centerville native, took home the sash and crown over six other young ladies during the Sunday event at the Comfort Inn in Burlington. Lange says she’s excited to represent the people of Des Moines County. “I’m so excited to represent [Burlington] for the next year,” Lange said. “I can’t wait to spread my platform throughout the county and meet so many people.” Continue Reading

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Fire Damages Burlington Mobile Home

A mobile home on South Roosevelt in Burlington was damaged by fire Saturday evening. The mobile home at 601 South Roosevelt, lot 1, owned by Daniel Swanson, may not be a total loss. The fire marshal arrived shortly after firemen knocked down the fire to assess damage and determine exactly how the fire was caused. Burlington Fire Chief Matt Trexel told KBUR that firefighters managed to get a quick knockdown. Swanson was uninjured, having safely escaped from the home after discovering the fire around 6:00 pm. Continue Reading

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Burlington Police Locate SUV Connected to Monday Shooting Death

The Burlington Police Department has located a vehicle they say is linked to the Monday afternoon daylight shooting of 24 year old Deonte Carter. A BPD news release credits community tips made through Facebook, Crime Stoppers, and over the phone for the discovery. The black SUV located on Saturday was seen speeding away from the scene of Monday’s shooting. Police believe Carter may have been shot after a disagreement over a pair of shoes. University of Iowa Autopsy results indicate that Carter died following multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. Continue Reading

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Mount Pleasant Fire Department Fights House Fire

The Mount Pleasant and New London Fire Departments battled a structure fire on 272nd street south of Mount Pleasant Saturday afternoon, according to the Mount Pleasant Fire Department. A private residence was seriously damaged in the fire. There were no injuries and no one was inside at the time of the fire. The extent of the damage has yet to be tabulated. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Mount Pleasant Fire Department has not yet released the name of the owner. Continue Reading

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Silgan Containers Gets Economic Development Assistance

A planned $125 million new facility for Silgan Containers is getting assistance from the Iowa Economic Development Authority, IEDA announced on Friday. IEDA awarded the company $550,000 in direct financial assistance alongside a slew of other tax benefits for the project, which is expected to create around 120 jobs in the Greater Burlington Area. Silgan is planning to build the facility in partnership with other packaged goods companies. Silgan produces metal containers used to package canned food. Continue Reading

IEDA Gives Doran and Ward Expansion Nod, Tax Benefits

The Iowa Economic Development authority has awarded Doran and Ward with the tax benefits it sought as it undergoes a $1 million expansion project. The IEDA board announced the decision on Friday. Benefits include payroll tax credits for the 13 jobs the company is expected to create with the expansion, meant to increase capacity. “This is our idea of growth,” Doran and Ward facility manager Vance Hemke told the Burlington City Council on Tuesday. Doran and Ward operates two facilities in Burlington. Continue Reading

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WBPD: No Danger to Students at SCC following Threat Against Professor

The West Burlington Police Department says that there is no danger to students following a violent threat made online against a Southeastern Community College Professor. SCC students were informed of the threat through the emergency alert system this morning and are told to be alert for suspicious activity. SCC Marketing and Communications director Jeff Ebbing says that the threat was posted to the social sharing site ratemyprofessors.com. “We found the information out late [Tuesday] afternoon. A moderator from ratemyprofessors.com had something flagged…and when they looked at it they thought it was concerning enough to contact us. Continue Reading

Iowa Senate Committee OK’s Compromise Minimum Wage Plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill to boost Iowa’s minimum wage has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Senate. A three-member subcommittee backed the bill Tuesday, with two Democrats and one Republican voting in favor. The bill would gradually raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75. Burlington Democrat and Senate Majority Whip Tom Courtney told KBUR it’s not the increase he was hoping to get. “I wanted to increase it to $10.10 and I was willing to take three years to do it,” Courtney said, “The feeling was, in this building was that $8.75 is something we could get through the house and get the governor to sign. Continue Reading