Des Moines Co. Issues Burn Ban

Des Moines County is now under a burn ban.  

A release from Emergency Management Coordinator Gina Hardin and Assistant Mediapolis Fire Chief Andy Kerr says all open burning is prohibited until further notice, effective at 8 am today(Sat). Conditions within the county are such that open burning constitutes a danger to life or property.  

Des Moines and Lee Counties are now both under outdoor burn bans until further notice. Continue Reading


BPD Catches Robbers; M-O Similar to Monday Crimes

They don’t know yet if the case is related to a pair of early-Monday-morning beatings, stabbings and robberies…but Burlington police yesterday(Thur) apprehended two Chicago men and two young Burlington residents…all in connection with the home invasion and armed robbery of a man in his apartment at 306 Elm Street. In yesterday’s incident, the intruders hit the victim in the head with a handgun and demanded property, but he fought them off and chased them to the Maple Hills Apartments at 300 Angular Street. As officers were checking the complex, they heard sounds coming from the attic, which runs the length of six apartments. In it, they found the two men identified as being involved in the attack…and learned that two residents of Apartment-10 had reportedly helped the pair hide. 20-year old Ryan Cornell and 21-year old Devon Young…both of Chicago…were charged with First-Degree Robbery. Continue Reading


Siemens Celebrates 10,000 Wind Turbine Blades

Employees of the Siemens plant in Ft. Madison today celebrated the manufacture of their 10-thousandth wind-turbine blade. A company news release says Siemens management marked the occasion with a meal for the workers, and some words of praise by Plant Manager Tony McDowell, who’s quoted as saying the company’s success is all due to the employees’ hard work and dedication. The celebration for the first Siemens blade milestone was celebrated in 2007. The Fort Madison facility produces wind blades to customers in the USA, Canada, Chile, Peru, and Brazil. Continue Reading


Burlington Schools Awarded Almost $900,000 Grant

The Iowa Department of Education has awarded the Burlington Community School District an almost $900,000 grant. The money will go to before and after-school programs as well as summer school at three sites- Aldo Leopold Middle School, Edward Stone Middle School, and North Hill Elementary. Curriculum Director Laurie Noll, says the programs have proven to be very successful for students… The funding is for 3 years.   9 school districts in Iowa received this 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant. Continue Reading


Earlier Council Start Time? McCampbell

Burlington Mayor Shane McCampbell has proposed starting regular City Council meetings at 5:30…instead of 6:30.  

Councilman Tim Scott is against the idea, saying it would decrease public involvement in the process.   It’ll be subject to a public hearing on April 21. McCampbell’s proposal would not affect the time of the every-other-Monday work sessions, which start at 4:30. Continue Reading


Burlington’s First Drive-Thru Subway Set to Open in June

Many have probably noticed the building going up in the middle of the old Fairway Center parking lot in Burlington. What it will be is a new Subway Restaurant that will replace the current one in that area, but it will include something new, a drive thru. Owner of the Burlington Subway’s, Bob Dowell, told us that of the 15 stores he owns in Iowa, this will be his first drive-thru. Unlike other fast food pick-ups, you won’t have to talk to a person to place your order… They hope to have the establishment open by mid-June. Continue Reading


“Red Flag Warning” Issued for Our Area

The National Weather Service has issued a rare “Red Flag Warning,” for the Iowa portions of our listening area, until 7 o’clock tonight. That means critical fire weather conditions are occurring because of a combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures. Burlington Fire Marshal Mark Crooks tells us what kind of grass and brush-fire season it’s been so far….. Crooks advises against burning anything outdoors in this kind of weather, and partly because many brush and field fires can be difficult to fight. Continue Reading

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Carter Lays Out 5-Year Road Plan

Brian Carter laid out his 5-year vision for Des Moines County’s secondary roads yesterday(Tues).  

Included this summer is the improvement of a dangerous curve on Mediapolis Road, about two miles west of Mediapolis. Another 5 1/2 miles of Mediapolis Road, from Mediapolis to County Highway 99, will be paved, as will a 2 1/2 miles stretch of 99, from Mediapolis Road to Meeker’s Landing Road. Other roads expected to see work this construction season are Washington Road, north of Mt. Pleasant Street…Memorial Park and Plank Roads, both between Sunnyside and Roosevelt…and 140th Street, from Beaverdale Road to 190th Avenue. Continue Reading