Chase Rice, Brett Eldredge to Headline Tri-State Rodeo

Two Country music up and comers will be headlining the 68th Annual Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison this year. Chase Rice and Brett Eldredge will join a host of exciting rodeo acts during the September event, which runs on September 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th. The invitation-only PRCA rodeo event starts Wednesday night will once again feature the top cowboys on the circuit in the CINCH Shootout. This invitation only event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will bring elite athletes, including many World Champions, to the Tri-State Rodeo in Fort Madison, Iowa. The PRCA action will start on Thursday with rodeo performances beginning at 7:00 p.m. Devin Clemons Band will follow the Wednesday and Thursday rodeo performances in the Coors Party Pavilion. Continue Reading

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Fire Destroys Car in Burlington

A fire destroyed a car and damaged two houses on Friday afternoon. Burlington Fire Department officials still aren’t sure exactly how the 2001 Ford Expedition, owned by Thomas McDowell, caught fire in his driveway at 513 Conrad Court. The fire began in the engine compartment; nobody was driving it at the time. The intense fire, fueled by the vehicle’s gas tank, completely burned out the car. Two nearby homes received some light siding damage from the heat, and another nearby car was lightly scorched. Continue Reading

State Police Identify Dallas City Fatal Crash Victim

Illinois State Police have identified the victim of a one-car fatal accident that occurred in the early hours of March 22nd. Kayla M. Smith, age 22 of Colchester, died after suffering severe injuries in a fiery early morning crash. Police say Smith’s vehicle flew off an embankment at the T intersection at IL Routes 94 and 9 and drove through a field before hitting a tree. The crash occurred at 2:05 am. Continue Reading

A photo of an unhealthy breeding dog at a Mill owned by Bob Mehmert in West Point, IA. Photo from the USDA through iafriends.org

Activist: Puppy Mills are Iowa’s Secret Shame

Mary LaHay is a woman on a mission. That mission: shut down or, at minimum, improve conditions at so called “Puppy Mills”, or pet-breeding farms where dogs are bred–often times with little regard for the health and safety of the breeding animals. LaHay, based in Des Moines, is the founder of Iowa Friends of Companion Animals. She started the group in 2008. “I got started because I found out about the problem. Continue Reading

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MHI’s Would Stay Open Longer if House Bill Passes

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A House committee has approved a bill that would keep two state mental health facilities open longer. The Appropriations Committee unanimously supported the bill Thursday. It would require the Department of Human Services to submit a transition plan to a new commission, which would have to give its approval before the facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant could close. The plan would include long-term care details for patients at the facilities. The House committee added language requiring DHS to submit the plan within 60 days of the bill becoming law. Continue Reading

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Yet Another Problem Arises at New Fort Madison Prison

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of a legislative oversight committee says there is an additional problem at Iowa’s new but empty prison in Fort Madison. Rep. Bobby Kaufman, chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee, says Thursday he’s learned a building at the prison has a problem with its air ventilation system. This is separate from issues involving a smoke evacuation system and roof work at another building. A geothermal heating and cooling system problem has been repaired. Brad Hier, with the state Department of Corrections, says contractors are reviewing the problem. Continue Reading

Much Ado About Yard Waste at West Burlington City Council

There was some headbutting last night at the West Burlington City Council over issues pertaining to yard waste collection in the city. Three plans took center stage in the debate during a work session following the meeting: the first, proposed by city manager Dan Giffords, involved city crews working most of the year picking up bags of yard waste themselves at least once a week. The second was a proposal to construct a dumping site where residents could bring their yard waste for future disposal, and the third was an investment into leaf vaccuuming trucks. Tempers briefly flared up between Mayor Hans Trousil and Councilman Rick Raliegh. Raliegh was in favor of the dumping site proposal whiel Trousil prefered allowing city crews to complete the work. Continue Reading

Vehicle Fire Spreads to Mount Pleasant House

Mount Pleasant Fire Officials say that a vehicle caught fire in an attached garage early Thursday morning, catching an Ivy Street house on fire and threatened to burn down even more houses. The house at 1404 Ivy Street suffered major damage, according to a news release. Once the fire spread to the house, it took two hours for firefighters to get the blaze under control. Firefighters feared that the blaze would spread to other homes in the neighborhood. A red flag warning for fire was in effect due to high winds and dry conditions. Continue Reading

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Intoxicated Burlington Man Arrested, Allegedly Attempted to Fling Feces at Correctional Officer

A Burlington man is facing charges after first allegedly being found drunk in public while carrying weapons, and then attempting to throw feces at a correctional officer once he was in jail. 20 year old Terry Stewart is charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of Weapons with Intent, and Assault on a Peace Officer. Police initially responded to the 300 block of Angular street at 10:20 am on Monday to a report of two individuals fighting. When they arrived, they found a shirtless and apparently intoxicated Stewart, who allegedly ran from the officers before being apprehended in the Maple Hills area on South 4th street. While patting Stewart down, Police allegedly discovered a pair of brass knuckles in his pocket. Continue Reading