Case Backhoes, made right here in Burlington, Parade through downtown during the Steamboat Days Parade.

Storms Can’t Spoil Weekend Fun

Storms couldn’t put a damper on a fun weekend in Burlington, but that doesn’t mean that Saturday’s storms didn’t try their hardest to ruin one of the biggest weekends of the year. Extremely strong weekend storms forced the cancellation of the Three Days Grace performance at Burlington Steamboat Days after rain caused serious damage to the sound equipment, forcing organizers to cancel all Saturday night entertainment. The rest of Steamboat Days went off without a hitch. The “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar performed on Friday night and The Band Perry played the main stage on Sunday to close out the annual event’s 53rd year. The Steamboat Days Parade rolled through downtown on Saturday as expected, the Burlington Relay for Life float came in first place in the float contest, Faith Festival’s chapel-themed float took second and the float from the Des Moines County Fair took third. Continue Reading

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National Weather Service: Saturday Storms Produce Two Tornados, Two Injured

Two people were injured when an EF-1 Tornado touched down near New London on Saturday. The National Weather Service says that the Tornado caused a mobile home to roll over, injuring its two occupants. That tornado touched down around 5 miles southeast of Mount Pleasant and ended 3 miles southwest of New London. Friends of the two injured in the Tornado, Chad Simmons and Kelley Hunter, have set up a website where people can donate to help them rebuild. The couple lost everything in the tornado. Continue Reading

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Storms Force Three Days Grace to Cancel Steamboat Days Appearance

Steamboat Days President Kurt Wooldridge says that the strong storms that moved through the area on Saturday night caused serious damage to the sound equipment at Steamboat Days, forcing organizers to cancel all Saturday night entertainment. Three Days Grace, a mainstream rock band, was scheduled to start playing at 8:00pm. The cancellation was announced at 9:00pm. Storms with reported straight-line winds up to 70 mph blew through Southeast Iowa and Western Illinois on Saturday night, downing trees and power lines and knocking out power throughout much of the area. Continue Reading

Lee County Sheriff Warns of Chip-Sealing Scam

A group of men claiming to be legitimate chip-sealers are working to defraud Lee County Customers, according to the Lee County Sheriff. Sheriff Jim Sholl said in a Friday news release that the group was last seen in the Franklin area, driving a flatbed truck of an unknown make and model and a newer red dump truck. The group allegedly offers customers a reduced rate to seal coat their driveways using “extra product” from another job. The product offered is apparently sub par and only a thin coating is applied. During the last reported encounter, the potential victim told the alleged scammers he wasn’t interested, and the group took off in a hurry. Continue Reading

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IEDA Green-Lights More Tax Breaks for Orascom Fertilizer Plant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state board has approved $25 million in extra tax breaks for a company building a giant fertilizer plant in Wever. The Quad-City Times reports the Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on Friday approved the tax breaks for the Lee County plant after the Iowa Fertilizer Company pledged to add 11 more jobs. The project’s total cost now totals $1.9 billion, and it will employ 180 people. According to board documents, approval of the request brings the total amount of tax benefits the state has provided to the company to $107.5 million. The construction of the plant near Wever is one of the largest economic development projects in state history. Continue Reading

Iowa Supreme Court: Telemedicine Abortion to Remain Legal in Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court says so-called telemedicine abortions can continue in the state. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports. The Supreme Court says the rule created by the Iowa Board of Medicine 2013 requiring a doctor to be on hand when women are given drugs to induce an abortion is unconstitutional. The rule effectively prevented Planned Parenthood from using webcams or teleconferencing to dispense abortion-inducing drugs to patients in remote locations. The Board of Medicine said the rule was intended to protect the safety of women. Continue Reading

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Unemployment Remaining Stable in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s unemployment rate is remaining stable at 3.8 percent. Iowa Workforce Development released the May rate on Friday and noted the number of unemployed residents dropped slightly to 64,700. That’s down from 65,600 in April. The state unemployment rate compares to 4.4 percent in May 2014. Workforce Development says there were about 1.6 million working Iowans. Continue Reading

Spokane ex-NAACP Leader’s Brother Facing Charges in Iowa

There’s an Iowa tie now to the international story involving the controversial and now-former leader of a civil rights group on the West Coast. Rachel Dolezal resigned as head of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington. She’s white and was outted by her parents for pretending to be black. Her brother is an English professor at Central College in Pella and he faces felony charges. Thirty-nine-year-old Joshua Dolezal is accused of several counts of child sexual abuse in Colorado from a dozen years ago. Continue Reading

HAM Radio Enthusiasts Want to Show Their Stuff in Fort Madison

The Fort Madison Amateur Radio Club will be participating in a nationwide, 24 hour long emergency preparedness drill called “Field Day”. The event is sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, a national organization for amateur radio and locally by Lee County Emergency Management Agency. Field Day events test federally licensed amateur radio operators’ (HAM) ability to set up portable stations, under simulated disaster conditions, and contact other groups across the United States and Canada. HAM Radio operators are an invaluable resource for communications, especially once present systems become inoperable. The Fort Madison Amateur Radio Club intends to use voice, Morse code, digital, and satellite communications. Continue Reading