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Blizzards, Mini-Blizzards & Thunder-Snow Hit IA

Blizzard conditions hit southeast Iowa for a brief time early last(Thurs) nite, as close to an inch of snow fell and was blown around by sporadic, up-to-40-mile-per-hour winds.  

A similar scenario struck parts of northwest Iowa…and “thunder snow” in central Iowa created hazardous driving conditions Thursday afternoon. A 25-vehicle pile-up on Interstate-80, near the Waukee exit, closed eastbound lanes. Near DeSoto, on Highway 169, 30 vehicles crashed. On Interstate 35, a semi jack-knifed near the Cumming exit and northbound lanes were closed until the semi was moved. Continue Reading

Western, Central IA in Path of High Winds

A rarely-issued High Wind Watch is posted for a large portion of western and central Iowa for much of today (Thursday).  

Meteorologist David Pearson, at the National Weather Service, says motorists can expect to be dodging garbage cans, recycling bins and anything else that’s not nailed down.  Some of the alerts say winds may reach 60 miles an hour — or stronger. At 74-miles an hour, it would be considered hurricane strength. Blowing snow or dust could make driving hazardous. Continue Reading


Gas Prices Expected to go Back Up

The holidays are over, and gas in Burlington is once again under $3 a gallon. Unfortunately, Senior Petroleum Analyst, Gregg Laskoski, says you can expect those prices to go back up… “This has really been the results of very little consumer demand in January, that has been magnified by the pretty severe weather that we’ve experienced. I don’t know if we should read too much into this. We still expect gas prices to probably start climbing during the first quarter of this year. Continue Reading


IA A-G Tells Customers to Take Target Deal

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is urging residents who shop at Target to take advantage of free credit monitoring being offered in the wake of a massive date breach.  

Miller says Tuesday that Target customers should sign up for the monitoring even if they haven’t seen any suspicious account activity. He also recommends that people change passwords and pin numbers and be watchful of their personal information. Target Corp. initially disclosed that about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected by the security lapse between Nov. Continue Reading


Former UI Football Coach Dies

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa defensive coordinator Norm Parker has died. He was 72.  

School spokesman Steve Roe told The Associated Press that Parker died early Monday. Roe says more details should be available later in the day. Parker began his college coaching career in 1968. Continue Reading


Illinois Concealed Carry Already Changing

Illinois residents have just begun applying for licenses to carry concealed weapons. But lawmakers have already begun tinkering with the new law. The Daily Herald reported today that legislators have introduced bills to increase penalties for carrying guns where they’re not allowed; punish instructors who don’t carry out training; and lower the legal age for carrying. Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow concealed carry last July. It allows anyone with 16 hours of training to pay a $150 fee to get a license. Continue Reading

Sioux City Tries to Keep Up with Technology

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City is nearing a deal with a contractor to install radio transmitters on all residential water meters.  


The Sioux City Journal says the city has already budgeted $1.5 million for the project. Sioux City spent $5.9 million in 2002 to install landline water meter readers, but then people started dropping home landlines to rely solely on cellphones. Residents who dropped landlines and don’t have radio transmitters on their meters have to submit their water usage to the city each month. Sioux City has about 28,000 residential customers. Continue Reading


Iowa Legislature Back to Work

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers are back in Des Moines as the legislative assembly convenes for a session with low expectations.  

The House and Senate will rap gavels and start work this morning for a planned 100-day session. Gov. Terry Branstad has offered several proposals that legislative leaders will likely support. They include efforts to expand Internet access, reduce school bullying and give greater aid to veterans. Legislative sessions held in election years are typically shorter and less ambitious as legislators want to finish their work and get back home to campaign for re-election. Continue Reading

“Frugal” IA Farmer Leaves $3-Million to Churches

An elderly southwest Iowa bachelor farmer who is remembered as quiet and frugal left behind millions of dollars in cash and property in his will to benefit more than a dozen churches in the region.  

Edwin “Bud” Skalla of rural Shelby County died in November at age 92. The conservator of Skalla’s estate, Ray Chapman, says there’s more than two-million dollars in cash assets and more than 11-hundred acres of land in Harrison and Shelby counties.   In particular, St. Mary Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Portsmouth will inherit a 292-farm which was appraised at almost three-million dollars. Continue Reading