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Chris Christie to Join Branstad, Reynolds in Burlington

Governor Terry Branstad will be back in the area later this week and he’ll have some well-known company with him. In addition to Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will join Branstad Thursday night at 7 at the Winegard Companies on Mt. Pleasant Street in Burlington. Branstad and Reynolds are calling the stop part of their “Building Iowa’s Future Tour.” Continue Reading

DMCo Board Cands. to Debate

The Greater Burlington Partnership will host a Des Moines County Board candidates debate tomorrow(Tues) night at 6 o’clock at West Burlington City Hall. The two candidates for one open seat are incumbent Republican Tom Broeker and Democratic challenger Ann Distelhorst. Jerry Krause will be the moderator…the public is invited…you can watch it on community access cable channel 81 and you can listen to it on KBUR. Continue Reading

Fire Damages W. Point Home

Fire damaged a one-story house at 312 Avenue F in West Point early this(Mon) morning. The first call for help came in about 3:35…it was reported as a kitchen fire…and firefighters could see smoke coming from the roof as they pulled in to set up a command post. The residents of the home got out safely before the flames and smoke spread from the kitchen to other areas of the house and no one was hurt. Continue Reading

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Burlington Council to Talk Downtown Parking

The Burlington City Council holds one of its every-other-week work sessions today(Mon) and will talk about downtown parking and the possible elimination of Saturday bus service. The Downtown Partners Board is recommending that all one-hour parking limits on Jefferson Street be increased to two hours…that all time limits on all other downtown streets be changed to at least four hours…and that the City review the need for existing 10-minute spaces and change as necessary. In addition, Downtown Partners would like the City to provide directional signage to public, off-street lots…to provide entry signage for public, off-street lots…and to remove prohibitory signage regarding biking and skateboarding. Today’s(Mon) meeting is at 4:30 and the public is invited. Continue Reading

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Ernst Enlists McCain in U-S Senate Run

U-S Senate candidate Joni Ernst will make two appearances in our area this Wednesday and her campaign says she’ll have Arizona Senator John McCain in tow. Wednesday at 1 o’clock, Ernst & McCain will stop in the Ivy Bake Shoppe at the Shottenkirk auto dealership in West Burlington. Then at 2:15, Ernst will be at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Ft. Madison. Both events are open to the public. Continue Reading

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Chris Reed Wants Back on the Burlington Council

Another former member has filed nominating petitions to run for an empty seat on the Burlington City Council. Chris Reed turned in his papers today(Fri) and will join former Councilmen and Mayors Jim Davidson and John Sandell, along with newcomers Tracey Watts and Dan Wischmeier on the December 2nd primary ballot. That election will narrow the field to two and they’ll then face off to determine a winner on December 30th. Whoever gets the most votes will serve the remainder of Becky Shockley’s term, about three years. Continue Reading

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Braley Campaigns for U-S Senate at S.E. Iowa Union Strongholds

Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley paid campaign visits to several southeast Iowa union halls yesterday. Stopping first in Burlington, he had lunch with members of the IBEW, UAW and Operating Engineers, thanking them for their help with the campaign, reminding them that there’s still lots of work to do, and telling them that he’s the candidate that will make sure the economy works for everyone, not just the rich and powerful. Braley says major corporations don’t need another Senator — working people do — to help them get the minimum wage raised and to maintain & even increase Social Security and Medicare benefits, by requiring the wealthy to pay into the systems the same percentage of their incomes as the rest of us do.  He says his opponent, Joni Ernst’s, idea to let future recipients invest Social Security and Medicare benefits privately is just wrong. Braley also his audience that he’s worked “across the aisle,” with Republicans many times on successful legislation, much of it lately to benefit veterans…and he’ll continue doing that, if he’s elected to the Senate. Continue Reading

County Bd. Candidates Clash

The Greater Burlington Partnership will host a Des Moines County Board candidates debate next Tuesday night at 6 o’clock at West Burlington City Hall. The two candidates for one open seat are incumbent Republican Tom Broeker and Democratic challenger Ann Distelhorst. Jerry Krause will be the moderator…the public is invited…and you can also watch it “live” on-line at westburlington.org. Continue Reading

DMCo Auditor Open Tomorrow

A reminder that the Des Moines County Auditor’s office is holding extended office hours tomorrow(Sat) from 8 to 5 for voter registration and absentee voting. The courthouse is on North Main Street in downtown Burlington.  

On the following Saturday, November 1st, there’ll be extended Auditor’s office hours as well…from 9 to 5…but for absentee voting only. You can still register after tomorrow(Sat), but you’ll need to bring with you proof of residency and proof of identity. That’s true all the way up to election day itself, November 4th. Continue Reading