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Roosevelt Ave. Accident Vics’ Names Revealed

AUTHORITIES HAVE RELEASED THE NAMES OF THE THREE PEOPLE INJURED FRIDAY AFTERNOON, WHEN THEIR MINI-VAN COLLIDED WITH A GRAIN-TRUCK IN FRONT OF THE CATFISH BEND CASINO ON ROOSEVELT AVENUE. 42-YEAR OLD KATHIE…19-YEAR OLD SAMANTHA…AND 18-YEAR OLD TRISTAN KORESKO, ALL OF BURLINGTON…WERE TAKEN TO GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER.   THE DRIVER OF THE VAN…20-YEAR OLD RYAN ABNEY OF BURLINGTON…WAS NOT HURT, BUT HE WAS TICKETED FOR NOT YIELDING WHILE ENTERING A HIWAY.  

THE GRAIN-TRUCK DRIVER ESCAPED INJURY AS WELL. Continue Reading

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6th Snowiest Winter in Iowa History; 9th Coldest

Many Iowans are looking forward to spring and warmer weather as March begins.  

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says it appears the statewide average temperature for the month of February was around 12.8 degrees.   The normal average temperature for February in Iowa is around 24. Although February has been the coldest month of this winter, Hillaker says December and January also had well below normal temperatures. The three months combined make this the ninth coldest winter in Iowa history. Continue Reading

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FM Prison Documentary Could Meet Oscar

Fort Madison prison officials will be closely watching the Academy Awards ceremony tonight. A short documentary film shot in 2006 at the prison is up for an Oscar. “Prison Terminal” by director Edgar Barens focuses on the hospice care given by inmates to fellow prisoners in their final days.  The 42-minute long film is a nominee in the Best Documentary Short category. “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” was produced in association with HBO and will premiere on the network March 31st. Continue Reading

Four Hurt in Grain Truck Vs. Van Crash

FOUR PEOPLE WERE INJURED EARLY YESTERDAY(FRI) AFTERNOON WHEN THEIR MINI-VAN COLLIDED WITH A GRAIN TRUCK, AT THE ROOSEVELT AVENUE ENTRANCE TO CATFISH BEND CASINO.  

ALL FOUR WERE TAKEN TO GREAT RIVER MEDICAL CENTER…THREE BY AMBULANCE AND ONE BY PRIVATE VEHICLE…BUT NO NAMES NOR CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN RELEASED BY BURLINGTON POLICE.   AUTHORITIES SAY WITNESSES TOLD THEM THAT THE VAN HAD STOPPED AT THE STOP SIGN, BUT THEN PULLED OUT ONTO ROOSEVELT AND HIT THE TRUCK’S TRAILER…WHICH RAN OVER THE FRONT OF THE VAN AND KNOCKED IT OVER.  

THE TRUCKER WAS NOT HURT. Continue Reading

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EXCLUSIVE: Burlington Bonds Not Downgraded

BURLINGTON’S BOND RATING WILL STAY THE SAME.  

THAT WORD FROM MOODY’S INVESTORS SERVICE, WHICH HAS GIVEN THE CITY AN A2 RATING ON THE 3.9-MILLION DOLLARS IN GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS AND THE 1.4-MILLION IN CORPORATE PURPOSE BONDS TO BE SOLD MARCH 10TH. PROCEEDS FROM THE 3.9-MILLION DOLLAR ISSUE WILL BE USED TO FINANCE STREET & SEWER IMPROVEMENTS, WHILE THE 1.4-MILLION DOLLAR SALE WILL REFINANCE…AT LOWER INTEREST RATES…BONDS ISSUED IN 2005 AND 2008. MOODY’S SAYS THE A2 RATING REFLECTS THE CITY’S RECENTLY-IMPROVED…THO STILL LIMITED…FINANCIAL POSITION. (EXAMPLES OF THE CURRENT FINANCIAL POSITION INCLUDE: MUCH SMALLER-THAN-PREFERRED RESERVE FUNDS, BUT IMPLEMENTATION OF A PLAN TO REBUILD THOSE RESERVES AND OTHERWISE MANAGE THE CITY’S FINANCES…A STABLE ECONOMY, BUT WITH BELOW-AVERAGE INCOMES…AND AN ELEVATED DEBT BURDEN. Continue Reading

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Burlington Man Arrested for Selling Meth

A 29-year-old Burlington man was arrested today on meth related charges. The Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force had received information about meth production occurring at a home in rural Des Moines County. Tyler Lees of 6529 115th Avenue in Burlington, was taken to the Des Moines County Jail after authorities found items consistent with meth production and sales in the home. During their investigation they determined that Lees was allegedly actively seeking meth precursors in exchange for finished narcotics product. Lees is being held on $100,000 bond, pending a court appearance. Continue Reading

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A Taste of New Orleans in Burlington Friday

It may be cold here, but tomorrow at the Art Center Gallery in Downtown Burlington, you can at least pretend to be somewhere warm, like New Orleans. President of the Art Guild Board of Directors, Tammy McCoy, says it will even taste like the Mardi Gras city… “We’re going to give you a taste of New Orleans food and drinks. There will be kings cake for dessert, and we’ll have live jazz and blues music.” The funds raised will go to the art center… Continue Reading

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Siemens FM Plant Gets Big Order from Minnesota

GOOD NEWS ON THE LOCAL BUSINESS FRONT —

THE SIEMENS PLANT IN FORT MADISON HAS RECEIVED A RELATIVELY LARGE ORDER FROM UP NORTH. A RELEASE FROM LEE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SAYS MINNESOTA POWER WANTS 64 UNITS OF THE COMPANY’S LATEST 3-MW D3 PLATFORM WIND TURBINES.   THEY’LL BE INSTALLED AT THE BISON WIND ENERGY CENTER NEAR NEW SALEM, NORTH DAKOTA, BEGINNING IN MID-JUNE…AND ARE SCHEDULED TO BE OPERATIONAL IN DECEMBER. Continue Reading

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Pot Holes Galore in Burlington

It’s a problem most people in the Midwest have to endure during the winter seasons: large pot holes. Chris Clements with Burlington’s Public Works Department says this year they’re filling more holes than last year due to the amount of snow we’ve had. He says there’s no telling how much money the city will have to spend… “I couldn’t really put a good number on it. Like this year, it’ll be much higher than last winter, with the little snow and fewer freeze cycles [last year]. Continue Reading