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


More Mediapolis Burglaries Reported

Burglaries in Mediapolis continue according to a news release from the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office. On Sunday, multiple vehicles were reportedly broken into on the 1200 block of Main Street. The next day, items were stolen from vehicles in the 1300 block of Main Street and the 700 block of Main Street. Also on Monday, there was a report of a home burglary on the 200 block of Cedar Street. Continue Reading


5K for Burlington Student with Rare Cancer

A Burlington High School junior has been diagnosed with a rare form of soft tissue cancer, RMS, and this Friday night, Burlington’s Crapo Park will be glowing for her. It’s a 5k run that starts at 8pm, with all proceeds going toward Sophia Gawron’s medical bills. Adviser of the event, Christina Link talked to us today about how she’s doing… “Her spirits are high. She just finished a round of chemo and a round a radiation. Continue Reading


Lee Co. Residents Question Their Two County Seats

It’s the only county in Iowa with two county seats, and at last night’s forum in Donnellson, the residents of Lee County asked for answers. Gary Folluo with the Lee County Board of Supervisors answered with one simple statement… “To make it plain and simple, it’s the law. That’s why we have two county seats.” He said it’s an issue that’s been raised many times. Continue Reading