Author Archives: Janelle Tucker

Zumbach Says Newly-Passed Senate Bill Better Protects Livestock Producers

Zumbach Says Newly-Passed Senate Bill Better Protects Livestock Producers

The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that supporters hope will reduce what they consider “nuisance” lawsuits about the location of livestock operations. Senator Dan Zumbach of Ryan says the bill establishes new legal protections for livestock producers who are “prudent” and “reasonable”. The bill, for example, would put new limits on the damages a

Alliant Energy Wants to Raise Rates

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – An executive says Alliant Energy’s Iowa subsidiary Interstate Power & Light Co. will file next month for a rate increase that would raise the average customer’s bill by more than 10 percent. Joel Schmidt is a vice president for Alliant, and he told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald that the proposed base

Independence Chamber Accepting Award Nominations

The Independence Chamber is accepting nominations for its annual awards. The Chamber will present six awards at its annual banquet on April 8th – Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Project of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Chamber Hall of Fame. Businesses and organizations must be

West Delaware School Board Member Resigning

A member of the West Delaware School Board is resigning. Steve Buesing’s resignation was accepted Monday night. The school district says he is moving out of the state for professional reasons. Buesing’s resignation will take effect after the April 10th board meeting. The School Board plans to appoint a replacement by asking someone to fill

Delaware County Appoints New Treasurer

Delaware County has a new county treasurer. Pam Klein was appointed to the position last week, taking the oath of office Friday afternoon. Klein has spent over thirty years in the Delaware County Treasurer’s Office. She first started in 1978 and became Deputy Treasurer in 1994. Klein replaces longtime County Treasurer Carolyn Wilson, who retired

Ag Secretary Says Poultry Producers on Lookout for Bird Flu

While the thoughts of most Iowans are on the good things that spring brings, poultry producers are on the lookout for potential problems with bird flu. Cases of the two types of avian influenza have been found in Tennessee and Wisconsin, and Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says it’s another reminder to be alert. Iowa

Manchester Mayor Showered with Birthday Cards

Manchester Mayor Milt Kramer was showered with cards a few weeks ago as he celebrated a milestone birthday. “Mayor Milt”, as he is affectionately known around the community, turned 80 years old on February 19th, and his two daughters, Jill and Kerry, thought it would be fun to have a card shower for him. They

Campground Hosts Needed at Backbone State Park

Volunteers are needed to spend up to seven months living in one of five Iowa state parks, including Backbone State Park in Delaware County. Linda King, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says campground hosts are wanted between April and October at Backbone, as well as Elk Rock in Marion County, Gull Point in

Soybean Producers Encouraged to Participate in Nitrogen Fine Tuning Project

The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is asking farmers statewide to participate in a Nitrogen Fine Tuning project. It involves establishment of a strip trial comparing an Iowa State University modeled nitrogen rate versus the farmer’s standard practice. ISA On-Farm Network director Scott Nelson says it’s a simple, low-cost project that could result in significant savings.

Pay Raises Approved for Dubuque County Elected Officials

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Elected officials in Dubuque County will get pay raises, but it will be less than half of what a panel recommended. The Telegraph Herald reports the Dubuque County Supervisors on Monday unanimously approved 3-point-5 percent salary increases for elected officials. That’s in line with the raises approved for county staff who