Ottumwa Officials Don’t Like You-Know-What Through a Goose

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Ottumwa plan to reduce the number of Canada geese in city parks. The Ottumwa Courier reports city officials asked the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to remove some of the geese after getting complaints about bird droppings. A roundup of geese will take place later this week at Ottumwa Park. Goslings will be taken to a wildlife area and adult geese will be taken to a location in southwest Iowa City Administrator Joe Helfenberger says it’s possible some of the adult male geese could fly back to Ottumwa. Continue Reading

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SE Iowa Marine Killed in Action

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Defense says a Marine from Iowa has died in Afghanistan. A statement from the Marines says Lance Cpl. Adam R. Wolff, of Cedar Rapids, died Friday while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, an area in southern Afghanistan. The Ottumwa Courier reports Wolff was from Ottumwa but moved to Cedar Rapids to live with a sibling before deploying to Afghanistan. The newspaper says his aunt, Dawn Harward, of Ottumwa reports that Wolff’s mother is in Dover, Delaware, to meet her son’s body. The 25-year-old combat engineer joined the Marines in December 2012. Continue Reading

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Fairfield Plane Crash Victim I-D’ed

The victim of a Sunday morning, home-built plane crash near the Fairfield airport has been identified as 63-year old Robert Bollinger of Fairfield. Authorities say the single-engine BD-4 crashed shortly after takeoff and caught fire at some point. The wreckage and Bollinger’s body were found in a cornfield southeast of the municipal airport. The FAA continues its investigation.  Continue Reading

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Ottumwa Pork Plant Called #1 Chemical Polluter in State

A report released by the group Environment Iowa lists Cargill Meat Solutions’ pork processing plant in Ottumwa as the state’s number one disposer of toxic chemicals into waterways. In 2012, Cargill disposed of more than two-million-eight-hundred-thousand-pounds (2,800,000 pounds) of chemicals into the Lower Des Moines River. Cargill’s Director of Communications, Mike Martin, says his company takes environmental stewardship very seriously. Environment Iowa’s senior attorney, John Rumpler (Rump-ler), disagrees, saying discharge from companies like Cargill does hurt aquatic life by causing large blooms of algae. Of all industrial plants nationwide, Environment Iowa states the Ottumwa facility is the ninth largest polluter of watersheds. Continue Reading

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Charging Station Tour This Week

CARTERVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Community colleges throughout Illinois are planning a three-day road trip to help promote electric vehicle charging stations. Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon will help kick off the event on Monday at John A. Logan College in Carterville. It will end on Wednesday about 370 miles to north at College of Lake County in Grayslake. The car will stop at 11 community colleges that have electric vehicle charging stations. Continue Reading

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And It’s Headed This Way…

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Dubuque have closed several floodgates as the National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River will crest above flood stage in the coming days. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the city closed the Ice Harbor floodgates on Friday as the National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River will crest at 17.9 feet this weekend. That’s nearly a foot above flood stage. Heavy rains Wednesday night led to the overflow of some sanitary sewers in Dubuque. Continue Reading

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Rural IL Fire Depts. Get Help

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois fire departments are getting more help to buy new trucks. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Saturday raising the cap on how much money municipalities can borrow from the state at no or low interest for truck purchases. Republican state Rep. Donald Moffitt of Gilson was one of the sponsors. He says it’s especially important for downstate rural fire departments with more limited resources. Continue Reading

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Southeast Iowa Check Point Cite 23 and Warns 221

A group of Southeast Iowa law enforcement officials conducted a traffic safety check point on June 19th at Highway 27 and 130th Street from 4-8pm. All northbound vehicles were forced to exit into the Weight Station. During their traffic stop, they checked 677 vehicles. There was a total of 23 traffic citations which ranged from Driving While Suspended to Equiptment Violations. There were 221 warnings and 1 commerical vehicle was placed out of service. Continue Reading

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Branstad Re-Signs Bill in Keokuk for Hospital

Iowa Gov Terry Branstad was in Keokuk yesterday and re-signed the Iowa Apprentiship and Job Training Act. The Keokuk Area Hospital has been struggling with finances for a while, and by signing this bill again, the Hospital will receive a loan of up to $5-million. Branstad told the people in attendance that they’ve altered the bill a little in order to give the Keokuk Hospital some breathing room when paying back some debt. The hospital will recieve the funding in July. Continue Reading