Burlington Bees Open House Sunday

The Burlington Bees are hosting their annual open house this Sunday from 1-4 at Community Field. Fans can tour the facilities, buy concessions, souvenirs, tickets, and audition to sing the national anthem. Next Tuesday is the traditional Bees vs. SCC scrimmage at 5:30pm. Wednesday is “Meet the Bees” at 6 at the Pzazz Convention Center. Continue Reading


Body in Mississippi River in Keokuk Identified

The body that was recovered in the Mississippi River near Lock and Dam 19 Wednesday has been identified as 45-year-old Thomas Newcomb. Thomas jumped from the Norbert Beckey Bridge in Muscatine this past December and was presumed dead. His body was found by employees of the power plant in Keokuk Wednesday afternoon at around 1:30pm. Continue Reading

Fmr. Burlington Chamber Director Fulknier Dies

A former Executive Director of the Burlington Chamber of Commerce has died.  

Clay Fulknier passed away last Sunday in Cedar Rapids.  

A news release from the Greater Burlington Partnership says Fulknier ran the organization for many years, until 1995. ┬áHe was instrumental in the development of the Flint Ridge Business Park, saving the Port of Burlington and the creation of the Welcome Center.  

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 pm on Tuesday, April 1 and there’ll be a service Tuesday at 3 pm, at Cedar Memorial in Cedar Rapids. Continue Reading


DMCo Farmers & Neighbors Group Plans Anti-CAFO Effort

They wanted everyone who didn’t agree with them to leave the Mt. Union Community Building last night. Although we were asked to leave, we stayed because it was advertised as a public meeting. The group hosting the meeting, “Des Moines County Farmers and Neighbors”, is a group of people who are concerned about an influx of factory hog farms, known as CAFOS, in the area. Diane Rosenburg, of the socially responsible agricultural project, says southeast Iowa is now prime territory for expansion of so-called “factory” hog farms. She said last night that those farms have started to affect peoples health, property values, quality of life, and roads, among other things. Continue Reading


Farmer Wins $2,500 for Mediapolis School

A Des Moines County farmer has won $2,500 through “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” Campaign, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Joyce Stover is this year’s winner and she selected the Mediapolis Education Foundation to receive that money. At this morning’s ceremony, it was announced that the money will go towards the school’s outdoor classroom. Julie Schnedler, who teaches 6th grade science, social studies, and language arts at Mediapolis, showed us the outdoor classroom they’re building, and explained what they hope to do with it… “Another future project we hope is whole classroom seating, so where it’s more of an auditorium type set up with rocks. Continue Reading


BHS Graduation at Bracewell Stadium After All

It’s an idea that was tossed around at a Burlington School Board meeting, but will not move forward. The board had a discussion about moving the Burlington High School Graduation to SCC’s Loren Walker Arena, but the topic never came back to the board as an agenda item. Superintendent Jane Evans explains, “We had a meeting with SCC. They were completely cooperative and ready to have graduation there, but we’ve decided to stick with Bracewell Stadium. There’s something magical about an outdoor setting for graduation.” Continue Reading

Executive(Closed) Session Coming for FM Skl. Board

The Fort Madison School Board has called a special, closed-door meeting for next Monday at the District offices.  

Any action must be taken in open session and following the closed portion of the meeting is consideration of a resignation and a settlement agreement with an unnamed person.  

District officials have not released any other information. Continue Reading


Filing Deadline Passes for June 3rd Primary; Few Local Races

Yesterday(Weds) was the deadline for county candidates to return their nominating petitions and here’s who’s running in DesMoines County:


For County Attorney, Democrat Amy Beavers of Burlington and Republican Trent Henkelvig of Danville…..for County Recorder, incumbent Democrat Lisa Schreiner of Burlington…..for County Supervisor, Republican incumbent Tom Broeker of Burlington and Democrat Ann Distelhorst of Burlington…..and for County Treasurer, two Democrats filed — Debra Moore of Sperry and Janelle Nalley-Londquist of Mediapolis. The Primary is June 3rd.  

Lee County candidates to file their papers by yesterday’s(Wed) deadline are all Democrats: for County Supervisor, District-2 (the Ft. Madison area), incumbent Rick Larkin and Chris Greenwald…..County Supervisor, District-3 (the Donnellson area), incumbent Ernie Schiller and Don Hunold…..for Treasurer, Becky Gaylord of Wever and Chris Spann of Keokuk…..for County Attorney, incumbent Mike Short of Keokuk…..and for Lee County Recorder, incumbent Nancy Booten of Ft. Madison. Continue Reading


Crime Stoppers Offering Reward for Mepo Burglary Arrest

Vehicle burglaries continue to be an issue in Mediapolis. Sheriff Mike Johnstone told us this evening that Crime Stoppers is now involved and that they are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest. In the past couple weeks there have been around 25 vehicle burglaries in the Mediapolis area. These break-in’s are occurring over night. The Sheriff is asking people to remove personal items from their vehicles and remember to keep them locked. Continue Reading