Convicted Felon Walks Away from Work Release Center

Authorities have confirmed that a Burlington man in custody for Intimidation With a Dangerous Weapon failed to return to the work release center on Valley Street over the weekend. An escape warrant was issued yesterday(Sun) for 27-year old Ken Bowman, who was involved in a shooting at L-Treyns Sports Bar & Nightclub in Keokuk in August of 2010. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Burlington police or Crimestoppers. You don’t have to give your name and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Continue Reading


Info. Meeting Today on Proposed Oil Pipeline

A Texas-based energy company hoping to build an 11-hundred mile long underground oil pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois through southeast Iowa will hold a public information meeting today(Mon) in Ft. Madison. Representatives of Dakota Access, LLC will be there to explain the proposed route and answer questions…and someone from the Iowa Utilities Board will attend the meeting as well, to distribute and review a statement of the legal rights of landowners. The meeting’s at 1 o’clock this(Mon) afternoon at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Ft. Madison. Continue Reading

German Shepard Shot, Killed in Henry County

Henry County authorities are trying to find out who shot & killed a two-year-old German Shepard early Sunday morning in the 22-hundred grid of Dakota Avenue. Don & Theresa McMullin…the dog’s owners…found its body about 150 yards northwest of their home…lying next to some railroad tracks. Continue Reading


Neighbors’ Input Tonight on Airport Rezoning Request

The Burlington City Council meets today(Mon) at 5:30 and will hold a trio of public hearings. The most contentious of the three concerns the Airport’s request to rezone 10 acres at 21-31 Summer Street from R-2…Residential…to A-1…Airport Use. Some of the neighbors object because they say the current tenant…Floyd’s EZ-Way Container Service…makes noise around the clock and pollutes the area. The Planning Commission voted 5-0 against the proposal. Also on the agenda for today’s(Mon) meeting is a formal vote on a resolution to file a grant application to the state for flood prevention along the downtown riverfront. Continue Reading


No Need to Go Hungry

A reminder that several area communities are serving free Thanksgiving dinners tomorrow…and in Burlington, Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant, they will pick you up or deliver a meal if you can’t get out or would prefer to eat at home. The Burlington dinner is from 11:30-2 at Burlington High School…The Ft. Madison meal is from 11 to 2 at Ft. Continue Reading

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MidwestOne Merges with Minnesota Bank Chain

An area bank merger to report:

MidwestOne Financial Group…the parent company of MidwestOne Bank…is combining forces with Central Bank…which is based in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The new company will operate as separate banking subsidiaries and is expected to have nearly $3-billion in assets. MidwestOne has branches in 25 Iowa communities…including Burlington and Ft. Madison…while Central operates 20 branches in the Twin-Cities area…western Wisconsin…and southwest Florida. Continue Reading


Possible “Mediapolis Marauder” Turns Himself In

The man suspected of being the one they called “The Mediapolis Marauder,” is back in custody. 27-year old Josh Melton skipped bail on the 14th, but authorities say his dad called the Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department and arranged to have his son turn himself in this past Sunday night, which he did. Local judge Michael Dieterich upped Melton’s bond to $50,000-cash only and he’s now scheduled to return to court with a public defender December 4th (2 pm). To date, he’s only been charged with one burglary…committed last February…and Possession of Burglary Tools, but deputies continue their investigation into his activities earlier this year, when dozens of break-ins and thefts were committed in the Mediapolis area. Continue Reading


Jealousy at Root of Drive-By?

A Burlington woman will face a felony charge of Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, for allegedly firing a shotgun into the home at 117 North Garfield Avenue early Sunday afternoon. City police say 34-year old Nina Burrell of 13-11 Aetna Street was apparently upset with her sister…Jessie Ussery…for having sex with Nina’s boyfriend and she knew Ussery to be at the house on Garfield. Authorities picked up Burrell at her home Sunday and took her to the county jail. A judge set her bond at $5,000 cash only. If she’s found guilty, Burrell could go to prison for up to 10 years. Continue Reading

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Burlington Council Will Go with the Flow on Flood Mitigation Grant Application

The Burlington City Council agreed by consensus last(Mon) night to go forward with a state grant application…the funds, if approved, to be used for flood prevention along the downtown riverfront. Local resident Leon Shahan is afraid of more city debt, and says whenever he hears the word “leverage,” he immediately thinks “debt.” ┬áBut City Manager Jim Ferneau says it’s his goal to not incur any City debt during the proposed project. Toward the end of the meeting, Mayor Shane McCampbell made an impassioned plea for full community support. ┬áThe “vision,” McCampbell spoke of includes several possible future phases of flood mitigation and riverfront area beautification, with a total price-tag of about 27 1/2-million dollars. Continue Reading