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Flu Hospitalization Doubles in Recent Weeks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa health officials say the number of Iowans hospitalized for flu complications has more than doubled in recent weeks. Senior citizens in Iowa are being hit especially hard. A report released Friday by the Iowa Department of Public Health says more than half of Iowans being hospitalized for the flu

Merlyn “Butch” Briggman – Manchester

Merlyn “Butch” Briggman, 69, of Manchester, Iowa, died Friday, December 19, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.  He was born on September 19, 1945, in Manchester,  the son of Dean and Elaine (Morris) Briggman.  Merlyn was raised and educated in the area, and was a 1964 Manchester High School graduate.   Butch served

Beverly J. Coulter – Independence

Beverly J. Coulter, 77 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Friday, December 19, 2014, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence.  She was born on February 25, 1937, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Edgar Ellsworth and Beulah Marie (Cole) Belzer.  She graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1955. 

Michael D. Schmitt, Sr. – Jesup

Michael D. Schmitt, Sr., 75 years old, of Jesup, Iowa, died on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at his home of natural causes. He was born on March 23, 1939, in Independence, Iowa, the son of Alvie C. and Marguerite Kathleen (Hudkins) Schmitt. He graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1957, and

Kevin L. Henely – Manchester

Kevin L. Henely, 52, of Manchester, died Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester.  He was born on March 16, 1962, in Spencer, Iowa, the son of Donald and Janet (Enderson) Henely.  Kevin was a 1981 graduate of Sioux Valley High School in Linn Grove, Iowa.  He attended Iowa Lakes Community


Farmland Values Drop Nearly 9% in Recent Survey

Iowa farmland values saw their biggest drop in almost three decades in the latest survey released by Iowa State University Thursday. The Center for Agricultural and Rural Development is taking over the survey duties from retired economics professor Mike Duffy. But Duffy helped crunch the numbers this year. ddlandvalue1 The drop means an average value


Tickets Available Now for “A Xavier Affair”

St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville is hosting its Sixth Annual Xavier Affair on Friday night, Jan. 23rd at Dyersville Commercial Club Park. Social hour and silent auction starts at 5:30 pm, dinner will be served at 7 pm and a live auction will take place right after dinner. Live music by Beau Timmerman will


Bret Michaels’ VIP Night Tickets Now Available

Tickets for Bret Michaels’ VIP Night concert at the Delaware County Fair went on sale Saturday morning, Dec. 20th. Michaels, who is best known as the front man for the ’80’s and ’90’s rock band Poison, will be performing in Manchester on Friday night, July 17th. VIP Night tickets will include all-you-care-to-eat-and-drink during the show,

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Tree of Lights Shines on RMC Campus

For the 38th year, the Tree of Lights shines in memory of loved ones on the Regional Medical Center campus in Manchester. Area residents have made donations in honor of special individuals or occasions or in memory of loved ones. A list of the people honored or memorialized are displayed in the RMC Auxiliary Gift


Former Clarke University Employee Pleads Guilty to Theft

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – A former Clarke University employee has pleaded guilty to charges connected to the theft of more than $300,000 from the school. Clemens Erdahl, an attorney for James Spaulding, says his client entered the plea Thursday on one count of mail fraud and two counts of filing a false tax return. Erdahl

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