Branstad, Other GOP Cands. Swing Through S.E. Iowa

Governor Terry Branstad and the rest of the Iowa Republican ticket are hitting the campaign trail, with stops yesterday(Wed) afternoon in Mt. Pleasant and Burlington. The state’s chief executive officer talked to a crowd outside GOP headquarters across from the Agency Street Hy-Vee about economic development and the Iowa Fertilizer plant’s part in it. Fresh from a surprisingly big win in Tuesday’s primary, U-S Senate hopeful Joni Ernst joined Branstad and the rest of the GOP ticket yesterday(Weds). She compared herself to Democratic candidate Bruce Braley, who she calls a “rubber stamp” for Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. Continue Reading


Fire in Empty Apt. Raises Questions

A Burlington Fire Department spokesman says a blaze that broke out in the vacant half of a duplex at 12-17 Jefferson early this(Thur) morning is under investigation…probably by police.  

Burlington and West Burlington crews knocked down the fire in the rear of the building in fairly short order and those in the occupied apartment got out safely. They were the ones who called it in, around 3:40 am. Continue Reading


Humane Society Receives Large Check from Leadership Class

The Des Moines County Humane Society received a generous donation today from the Greater Burlington Leadership Class. (photo from Des Moines County Humane Society Facebook Page)

The group gave the shelter all the proceeds from the Jack Hanna “Into the Wild” event they hosted last month at the Pzazz Entertainment Complex. It was a sold out show that totaled $26,641.23, which is now in the hands of the humane society. Kelli Taeger with the society’s board of directors, says they were overwhelmed to receive such a donation… They plan to use the money to start a medical fund for animals who need extra care. Continue Reading


DMCo Gets Armored Army Truck

Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone has a new “toy”, it’s a 23-ton armored truck. The County Board wanted to know what such a vehicle could be used for….. The “Navistar MaxPro” was built for the army to save lives, in the event of an I-E-D explosion, and the County got it for $3,000 which is the cost of delivery. Johnstone says the massive truck will also be useful in snowstorms. Continue Reading


One LeeCo Supervisor Wins, Another Not So Lucky

In the Lee County primary, Democratic newcomer Don Hunold defeated incumbent District-3 Supervisor Ernie Schiller 248 votes to 182. …but another incumbent, Democrat Rick Larkin easily withstood a challenge by Chris Greenwald (a member of the Ft. Madison City Council), in the 2nd District. Larkin received 469 votes to Greenwald’s 119, about an 80 to 20% margin. In the Lee County race for Treasurer, Democrat Chris Spann of Keokuk outpolled Democrat Becky Gaylord of Wever 1,381 votes to 1,151. Continue Reading


Londquist Wins DMCo Treasurer’s Primary; Beavers and Henkelvig Close for County Attorney

With only 7 1/2% of the registered voters casting ballots, Des Moines County residents have chosen Janelle Londquist as the Democratic nominee for County Treasurer. Londquist received 559 votes…or roughly 60% of the ballots cast…and Debra Moore got 369 votes…close to 40%. There were 37 write-ins on the Republican ballot, but no one has announced. The Democratic candidate for Des Moines County Attorney…Amy Beavers…received 799 votes. Her Republican challenger in November…Trent Henkelvig…got 783 votes. Continue Reading


New Boat Dock in Memory of Burlington Resident

It’s now been three years in the making, but Monday, a brand new boat dock with a ramp to the shore was installed. The boat dock is in memory of Mike Schrader. His mother, Joyce Schrader spoke to us yesterday about her son while we were down by the riverfront… She said that unlike other boat docks along the Burlington riverfront, there is no time limit…. Schrader says that having no time limit on how long your boat can be parked at the dock will allow boaters to stop and eat dinner, go to the capitol theater, or check out the farmers market. Continue Reading


Iowans Being Warned of Severe Overnight Weather

The National Weather Service is forecasting “significant” severe weather across parts of the state tonight into tomorrow (Tue-Wed) and Iowans are being urged to prepare for heavy rains, flash flooding, strong winds, and possible tornadoes. Dan Catald, with the American Red Cross in Des Moines, says it’s critical for people to have a reliable notification system, especially since the storms are expected to strike overnight. “That’s when tornadoes can often be the most deadly because people are sleeping. The outdoor warning systems are not necessarily designed to wake people up in the middle of the night.” He suggests purchasing a NOAA Weather Radio or downloading the free American Red Cross Tornado App for smart phones. Continue Reading


Primary Election Day in Iowa

It’s primary election day in Iowa and the polls are open until 9 pm.  

In Des Moines County, there’s a 2-way race on the Democratic ballot for County Treasurer between two long-time Treasurer’s office employees — Janelle Nalley-Londquist and Debra Moore. Current County Treasurer Brenda (Buck) Stellern is not seeking reelection. County Supervisor Tom Broeker, a Republican, is seeking re-election and will be challenged in November by Democrat Ann Distelhorst. Acting County Attorney Amy Beavers is seeking the retiring Pat Jackson’s seat as a Democrat, while her challenger on the November General Election ballot is Republican Trent Henkelvig, the Mayor of Danville. Continue Reading