Starr’s Cave Receives $50,000 Grant

The Starr’s Cave Nature Center received a nice grant, that over the next five years will help fund Des Moines County Conservation Environmental Education efforts and facility renovations at the nature center. The $50,000 grant came from the Harry & Virginia Murray Foundation. Renovation projects at Starr’s Cave include moving current office space to the lower level to optimize visitor services and expand exhibit space in the main exhibit area. The money will also help fund new interactive exhibits and displays. The first phase of this project will begin in the fall. Continue Reading


Deer goes through Lee Co. Deputy Windshield

Lee County Deputy Joe Hambleton was injured yesterday afternoon when a deer came through his windshield as he was on his way to another accident. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously hurt. A state trooper was right behind him and the rollover they were headed to turned out not to be as serious as first thought. It all happened on Iowa 27, near the Missouri state line. Continue Reading


Old Settlers & Threshers Boss Dead

Lennis Moore has died. The long-time CEO of the Midwest Old Settlers & Threshers Reunion was 64 and succumbed Wednesday to complications from brain cancer. Moore ran the popular Mt. Pleasant event for 36 years, beginning in 1978. Survivors include his wife Sandy and three children. Continue Reading


Thirsty Burglar Hits Cash Store

The break-in we first told you about yesterday morning at Hometown Cash Advance in Burlington…was apparently committed by a man with a big thirst and not much patience. Police caught up with Dan Fritzjunker of Mt. Pleasant at the McDonald’s restaurant on North Roosevelt a few minutes later. He admitted he had gone to the business at 2830 Mt. Pleasant Street around 4am to apply for a loan. Continue Reading


Grand Re-Opening Will Include Visit from Ronald McDonald

A well-known, happy clown will be in our area tomorrow. Ronald McDonald will be at the McDonalds restaurant on Wellshire Drive in Burlington from 11-1, celebrating the store’s new look… That’s Supervisor Michelle Caston who also reports that the customer area is expected to be complete tomorrow… There will also be prize drawings, coupons, and specials tomorrow. As for the other McDonalds in town, Caston says they won’t be doing any major renovations for another couple years, but you will see some small changes… Continue Reading


Lower H2O Pressure Blamed on Main Work at Cambridge & Mason

A contractor hired by Burlington Municipal Waterworks is lowering the water main on Cambridge…near Mason Road…for the Co-op housing project at that intersection. So, if your pressure has dropped, that’s way. The project should be done within a week…weather permitting. Also, if you have to drive in that area, keep an eye open for large equipment and workers. Continue Reading


Early Morning Cash Store Hijinks

An informed source says Burlington Police have arrested someone in connection with an apparent break-in at the Hometown Cash Advance store at 28-30 Mt. Pleasant Street, just before 4 o’clock this(Thurs) morning.  

We’ll have more information as it becomes available. Continue Reading

WBFD to Get $253,000 from D.C.

The West Burlington Fire Department has learned it’s in-line for more than $253,000 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants program. The AFG program allows departments to buy equipment…improve facilities…and implement wellness programs, as well as train personnel. Continue Reading


Dingman Wins State Award

Two Iowans and two businesses were honored yesterday (Wednesday) for their work to overcome challenges in finding work, barriers like physical or intellectual disabilities, mental illness and homelessness. In a video for the Iowa Job Honor Awards, Burlington repair shop owner David Dingman says he couldn’t be a mechanic fulltime due to a workplace injury, so he hired recovering alcoholics, ex-cons, and people with little experience. Dingman and his shop, T & D Repair, are among those being honored at the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Conference, underway in Cedar Rapids. The other employer being honored is Winnebago Industries in Forest City. It’s the first year for the awards. Continue Reading