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New Water Service on Jefferson to Block North 5th Street

Burlington Municipal Waterworks is installing new service at 500 Jefferson Street, beginning today(Mon). As a result, North 5th…between Jefferson and Washington…will be closed until Friday. The traffic through the area will all be controlled by cones and signs, and the length of the project is dependent on the weather. Continue Reading

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Oakville Burn Victim I-D’ed

The victim of a Saturday morning van fire near Oakville has been identified as a Burlington man.  

48-year old Kurt Downs (of 510 Gunnison Street) was discovered inside the burning vehicle at the 4th Pumping Station campground around 3 am; he was airlifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.  

On Friday, police had charged Downs with Sexual Exploitation of a Child, for allegedly taking sexual pictures of a 13-year old girl. He was arrested, but later posted bond and was released. Continue Reading

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Harkin Aides Begin Farewell Tour

Two of U-S Senator Tom Harkin’s aides will soon be making stops in southeast Iowa, part of a summer tour hilighting what the retiring lawmaker says has been his partnership with Iowa communities through the years.  

On Tuesday, June 24th, at 10:30 Jessica Border will meet with administrators at Van Buren County’s Hospital & Child Care Center in Keosauqua. That same day, at 1:30, she’ll visit with staff at Lock & Dam 19 in Keokuk. On Wednesday, the 25th, Harkin aide Alison Hart will make a 10 am stop at Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa in West Burlington…and at 1 o’clock on the 25th Hart will pay a visit to the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant. Continue Reading

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Van fully engulfed; Man burnt and flown to Iowa City

At around 3am this morning, Des Moines County Sheriff deputies and the Mediapolis Fire Department were sent to the 4th pumping station campground in Oakville about a fire. When they arrived they found a van fully engulfed and a man who was burnt and unconscious. They haven’t released a name yet, but he was airlifted to Iowa City Hospitals. The van was completely destroyed. The cause of fire is under investigation. Continue Reading

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Man flown to hospital after Hancock Co. Crash

A Basco Illinois man was seriously injured yesterday night when he drove into the path of a semi. 34-year-old Heath Marmion was southbound on 1600E in Hancock County. After stopping at a stop sign he failed to yield the right of way and drove into the path of the semi that was driven by 37-year-old Michael Coon of Kahoka, Missouri. Marmion was not wearing a seatbelt and was hit on the passenger side. He received serious injuries and was flown to Blessing Hospital in Quincy. Continue Reading

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Tom Harkin Aides Coming to Southeast Iowa

Two of U-S Senator Tom Harkin’s aides will soon be making stops in southeast Iowa, part of a summer tour highlighting what the retiring lawmaker says has been his partnership with Iowa communities through the years. On Tuesday, June 24th, at 10:30 Jessica Border will meet with administrators at Van Buren County’s Hospital & Child Care Center in Keosauqua. That same day, at 1:30, she’ll visit with staff at Lock & Dam 19 in Keokuk. On Wednesday, the 25th, Harkin aide Alison Hart will make a 10 am stop at Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa in West Burlington, and at 1 o’clock on the 25th Hart will pay a visit to the Henry County Health Center in Mt. Pleasant. Continue Reading

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Starr’s Cave Receives $50,000 Grant

The Starr’s Cave Nature Center received a nice grant, that over the next five years will help fund Des Moines County Conservation Environmental Education efforts and facility renovations at the nature center. The $50,000 grant came from the Harry & Virginia Murray Foundation. Renovation projects at Starr’s Cave include moving current office space to the lower level to optimize visitor services and expand exhibit space in the main exhibit area. The money will also help fund new interactive exhibits and displays. The first phase of this project will begin in the fall. Continue Reading

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Deer goes through Lee Co. Deputy Windshield

Lee County Deputy Joe Hambleton was injured yesterday afternoon when a deer came through his windshield as he was on his way to another accident. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously hurt. A state trooper was right behind him and the rollover they were headed to turned out not to be as serious as first thought. It all happened on Iowa 27, near the Missouri state line. Continue Reading

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Old Settlers & Threshers Boss Dead

Lennis Moore has died. The long-time CEO of the Midwest Old Settlers & Threshers Reunion was 64 and succumbed Wednesday to complications from brain cancer. Moore ran the popular Mt. Pleasant event for 36 years, beginning in 1978. Survivors include his wife Sandy and three children. Continue Reading