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Governor to Walk in FM Rodeo Parade, Speak at Reviewing Stand

It had only been a rumor, but now it’s been confirmed — Governor Terry Branstad will walk in tomorrow morning’s Tri-State Rodeo Parade in Ft. Madison. Organizer Gene Enke says the annual parade will step off around 9:30 and Branstad will get to the reviewing stand, at the corner of Avenue G and 8th Street, about an hour later, and will speak til about 10:45. At 11, there’s an hour-long public reception scheduled at Lee County GOP headquarters, across from the Ivy Restaurant, at 619 7th Street. Continue Reading

LeeCo Supervisor Ron Fedler Withdraws FM County Seat Ordinance; Residents Tell Board to Slow Down

With several hundred people looking on in the Central Lee Middle School gym, Lee County Supervisor Ron Fedler “did a 180″ last(Thur) night on his proposed ordinance to give Ft. Madison the sole title of county seat.  

The board had included public input in the process and a number of residents took advantage. Michael Connor and some others suggested that small service centers be placed throughout the county.  Sandy Iverson recommended a central location, such as Donnellson, if consolidation is chosen as the best route. Continue Reading


Scam Alert! Scam Alert!

Lee County authorities are warning of another scam being used in the area. In it, Ephran Price is soliciting businesses in the Ft. Madison area, asking that they purchase phone book covers for advertising purposes. Sheriff’s deputies say you should contact your local police if this person approaches you. Continue Reading

LeeCo Board to Consider Single County Seat Ordinance Tonight

The Lee County Board meets tonight(Thur) at 6 o’clock at Central Lee Middle School in Donnellson and the supervisors will take public input on a proposal to make Ft. Madison the one-and-only county seat. After the feedback, the Board will give Supervisor Ron Fedler’s ordinance a first reading and set another public hearing for the evening of September 11th (next Thursday)…also at Central Lee Middle School at 6. At that meeting, the proposed change will either be given final approval or laid to rest. Lee is the only county in the state with two seats, one in Ft. Continue Reading


More Growth at WB G.E. Plant

West Burlington’s G.E. switch-gear plant is expanding again.  

That news from Economic Development Director Dave Toyer, at last(Weds) night’s (West Burlington) City Council meeting, where he said the company will add another 114 jobs.   This, after G.E. revealed about six weeks ago that it was moving one of its lines from suburban Chicago to West Burlington, adding 50 more jobs in the process. If all goes as planned, the new jobs at G.E. would average about $19 an hour and would bring total employment there to about 345.  The Greater Burlington Partnership is also working with the County and the City of Burlington on a potentially-extensive street-repair project on Agency. Continue Reading


Burlington Google Doodle Winner Could Become National Finalist

A Burlington High School student’s Google Doodle could become a national finalist, and she could win a scholarship, with your help. The theme of this year’s Google Doodle contest is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place.” The contest was open to artists in gradees K through 12. Guest judges chose a Google Doodle by Amy Carlson, a senior at Burlington High School, as the winner among all entries submitted in Iowa. The winning Illinois entry came from Yina Wang, a student at Peterson Elementary in Chicago. Continue Reading

LeeCo Board Makes Time for Public Input on County Seat Issue

Lee County Supervisor Ron Fedler has formally proposed making Ft. Madison the only county seat. Right now, of course, it shares that designation with Keokuk. The proposal is by no means a done deal; the board has called a special meeting for tomorrow(Thur) night at 6 o’clock, including time for public input…and another public hearing on the 11th…both at Central Lee High School in Donnellson to discuss it further. Fedler lacks the support of at least two other supervisors, Matt Pflug and Gary Folluo, both of Keokuk. Continue Reading


Ferneau Puts Hot Wheels on Riverfront Flood Mitigation

Burlington City Manager Jim Ferneau announced last(Tues) night that he and his staff are on a fast track to a dry riverfront.  

In fact, they’re inviting design firms and contractors to submit proposals by the 10th…one week from today(Weds)…and they’ll narrow down the list the week of the 17th.  Ferneau says they’re doing it as quickly as possible to give the City a better chance of obtaining federal and state funding. Council members Bob Fleming and Becky Anderson volunteered to serve on the project review board. Continue Reading


Ladies and Gentlemen: Start Your Lighters

The Burlington City Council voted 4-1 last(Tues) night to allow fire-pits in back yards. Mark French…who spoke out against the proposal at the last meeting…did so again, this time with a positive spin, saying he’s in favor of fire-pits and fireplaces in public parks, where there’s room for the smoke to dissipate. Most of the council members said they received more calls and e-mails in favor of the proposal than against it…but Mayor Shane McCampbell says he talked to a few people who didn’t feel their concerns were being considered, so he cast the only “no” vote. There are a number of restrictions included in the ordinance. Check with the Burlington Fire Department to see what they are. Continue Reading