Author Archives: Janelle Tucker

Country Cousins Square Dance Club Celebrating 50+ Years

Country Cousins Square Dance Club Celebrating 50+ Years

The Country Cousins Square Dance Club is celebrating 50-plus years. Longtime member Dave Lahr says it’s been a special part of many people’s lives. Dave and his wife, Norma, have been members of the club for nearly three decades. And both he and the club’s Vice President Janet Fischer agree that there are a lot

Judge Orders Teacher’s Trial to be Moved Out of Linn County

MARION, Iowa (AP) – A judge has ordered that a trial will be moved out of Linn County for a kindergarten teacher accused of not reporting that a classroom volunteer sexually abused her students. Linn County District Court records say Diane Graham’s request was granted last week. Graham’s attorneys had cited extensive media coverage of

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – June 19

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on Monday commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October.   “Many parts of the state saw some needed rain last week, unfortunately it was accompanied by some

Iowa Hosts Mock Animal Disease Emergency Response Exercise

DES MOINES – Last week over 60 federal, state and local agency, academic and industry professionals met to participate in a mock animal disease emergency response exercise. The exercise was hosted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship with the support of Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.   “Unfortunately, Iowa saw firsthand

Authorities Identify Linn County Drowning Victim

Authorities have identified the man who drowned in Linn County on Friday. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says several law enforcement and rescue departments were called to the Cedar River near Mount Vernon on Friday afternoon for a report of a man falling into the river. First responders found 68-year-old Jeffery Fordyce, of Dike, unresponsive,

Speed Trailer Up in Strawberry Point

If you’re driving through Strawberry Point this summer, you may get the chance to see how fast you’re traveling. The Strawberry Point Police Department says they will be utilizing the department’s speed trailer. You’ll notice the speed trailer at different locations around the town. It’s part of an effort to keep drivers at safe speeds