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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

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Braley & Ernst Look for Votes in S.E. Iowa

Bruce Braley’s in the area today(Thur), meeting with various union members in Burlington…Montrose…Keokuk…and Ottumwa.  

The Democrats’ candidate for Iowa’s U-S Senate seat is talking about his plans for middle class tax cuts…not tax breaks for millionaires.  

Braley’s opponent…State Senator Joni Ernst…plans a campaign stop in Ft. Madison next Wednesday afternoon. She’ll make an appearance at the Comfort Inn & Suites, Highways 2 and 61, at 2:15 that day. Continue Reading

Reckless Driver Wreckless No More

Someone called in a report of a reckless driver…headed west on Highway 34…shortly after 2 o’clock this(Thur) morning…but by the time Des Moines County deputies caught up with him, 28-year old Dan Fritzjunker of Mt. Pleasant was no longer wreck-less.  

In fact, he had crashed into a ditch near Old 34, just west of Danville. Authorities say it appears he had been drinking and he was taken by ambulance to Great River Medical Center. Continue Reading

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Former Burlington Mayor Sandell Sets Sights on Empty Council Seat

Another former Burlington mayor has decided to run for an open city council seat. John Sandell submitted his paperwork to the county Auditor’s office yesterday(Wed) and joins ex-Mayor Jim Davidson…and newcomers Tracey Watts (who filed first)…and Dan Wischmeier. The four will face off in a December 2nd primary…along with anyone else who gathers enough signatures and files nominating petitions with the Auditor by November 7th.  

The two highest vote-getters on December 2nd will then compete only with each other in a special election December 30th, the winner to succeed Becky Shockley on the Council. Continue Reading

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FM School Bus Meets SUV by Accident; Minor Injuries

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a Fort Madison school bus carrying dozens of schoolchildren has collided with an SUV, but there are no serious injuries. The Fort Madison Community School District says the crash happened this(Wed) morning as the bus was headed to a local elementary school. Nearly 40 schoolchildren were onboard at the time. District spokeswoman Nicole Baker says authorities believe the driver of the SUV failed to stop at a stop sign before the crash. Students were picked up in a separate bus and taken to school. Continue Reading

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Local United Way Rolls Toward 2015 Target

An update from the Burlington-West Burlington Area United Way, which has now received pledges totaling 82.2% of its goal. That’s 503-thousand dollars-plus of the just over $612,000 target. For the record, the Transportation and Construction divisions are both over 100% of their goals…Residential…F.I.R.E….and Manufacturing are all over 90%. Continue Reading