Busy Weekend in Burlington Area

Lots going on in the area this weekend, including preparations in downtown Burlington for the upcoming Steamboat Days music festival and the last two days of the Snake Alley Festival of Film at the Capitol Theater. It’s National Trails Day, and Bike Burlington…the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission…and Des Moines County Conservation are hosting a Flint River Trail Bike Ride to celebrate. The long ride goes from Bickel’s Cycling & Fitness to Big Hollow; that’s 13 miles one way or 26 round-trip. The short ride is from the Flint River Trail South Rest Area off North Prairie Grove Road to Big Hollow; 7 miles one way and 14 round-trip. It’s Free Fishing Days in Iowa all weekend and Des Moines County Conservation is hosting its annual Fishing Derby today(Sat) at Big Hollow’s East Picnic Area. Continue Reading

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Des Moines Co. Reports First Rare Cicada Sighting

An Iowa State University Professor of Entomology is encouraging Iowans in southern and central Iowa to enjoy an event that only happens once every 17 years, and it’s already begun.  

If you’ve heard the loud Cicada buzzing, you’re witnessing something unique this year, according to Donald Lewis… Dr. Lewis says there are a couple different kinds of Cicadas, annuals (which come every year) and periodicals. He said that the first report he received this year of the Periodical Cicada came from the Burlington area… They only live for 4-6 weeks and then they will be gone again for another 17 years. Continue Reading

LeeCo Bd. to Meet with Man, IFC, Before Installing Water Main

WEVER, Iowa (AP) — Lee County supervisors are meeting with a resident before moving forward with plans to let a company install a water main near his property. Ron Meller, of Wever, told supervisors during a meeting earlier this week that he wanted more input and information about the plans. He says he’s concerned the pipeline won’t be buried deep enough and would damage his property in the event of a break. The Daily Gate City in Keokuk reports Meller owns the road near where the Iowa Fertilizer Company wants to install a water main. The city has easement rights. Continue Reading

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Trailer Hits Bike; Smithshire Man Hospitalized

A Smithshire man was injured about 7:15 last(Thur) night when his bicycle was clipped by a livestock trailer, as both vehicles were eastbound on Illinois-116, just west of the Henderson-Warren County line. 30-year old Stutzman Felty was taken by ambulance to OSF Holy Family Medical Center in Monmouth with serious…but not life-threatening…injuries. The driver of the truck that was pulling the trailer, 44-year old Cory Jones of Wayland, Iowa, was ticketed for not slowing down in time to avoid the collision.  

He told Illinois troopers that he didn’t see the bike until it was too late. Continue Reading

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GBP’s Nickel to Market CBIZ Program

It looks like the Greater Burlington Partnership will be losing one of its top managers. Fortunately, she won’t be going far. The Southeastern Community College Board of Trustees Monday will consider the hiring of Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Beth Nickel as SCC’s new C-BIZ Sales & Marketing Director. If approved, Nickel will be paid $61,000 a year. Continue Reading

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Branstad, Other GOP Cands. Swing Through S.E. Iowa

Governor Terry Branstad and the rest of the Iowa Republican ticket are hitting the campaign trail, with stops yesterday(Wed) afternoon in Mt. Pleasant and Burlington. The state’s chief executive officer talked to a crowd outside GOP headquarters across from the Agency Street Hy-Vee about economic development and the Iowa Fertilizer plant’s part in it. Fresh from a surprisingly big win in Tuesday’s primary, U-S Senate hopeful Joni Ernst joined Branstad and the rest of the GOP ticket yesterday(Weds). She compared herself to Democratic candidate Bruce Braley, who she calls a “rubber stamp” for Nancy Pelosi and President Obama. Continue Reading

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Fire in Empty Apt. Raises Questions

A Burlington Fire Department spokesman says a blaze that broke out in the vacant half of a duplex at 12-17 Jefferson early this(Thur) morning is under investigation…probably by police.  

Burlington and West Burlington crews knocked down the fire in the rear of the building in fairly short order and those in the occupied apartment got out safely. They were the ones who called it in, around 3:40 am. Continue Reading

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Humane Society Receives Large Check from Leadership Class

The Des Moines County Humane Society received a generous donation today from the Greater Burlington Leadership Class. (photo from Des Moines County Humane Society Facebook Page)

The group gave the shelter all the proceeds from the Jack Hanna “Into the Wild” event they hosted last month at the Pzazz Entertainment Complex. It was a sold out show that totaled $26,641.23, which is now in the hands of the humane society. Kelli Taeger with the society’s board of directors, says they were overwhelmed to receive such a donation… They plan to use the money to start a medical fund for animals who need extra care. Continue Reading

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DMCo Gets Armored Army Truck

Des Moines County Sheriff Mike Johnstone has a new “toy”, it’s a 23-ton armored truck. The County Board wanted to know what such a vehicle could be used for….. The “Navistar MaxPro” was built for the army to save lives, in the event of an I-E-D explosion, and the County got it for $3,000 which is the cost of delivery. Johnstone says the massive truck will also be useful in snowstorms. Continue Reading