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Timothy Smith – Strawberry Point

Timothy Smith, 63, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, died on Friday, May 30, 2014, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids.  He was born on January 7, 1951, in Monticello, Iowa, the son of Glenn and Betty (Wallace) Smith.  Timothy graduated from West Delaware High School in 1969. Timothy was united in marriage to Catharine Hamblin

Lyndon “Lynn” Ludovissy – North Buena Vista

Lyndon “Lynn” C. Ludovissy, 49, of North Buena Vista died Friday, May 30, 2014, at Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua, Iowa on his annual fishing trip with family and friends. Friends may call from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross. Mass of Christian Burial will

Florence A. Meis – Dyersville

Florence A. Meis, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa and formerly of Holy Cross died Saturday, May 31, 2014, at Good Neighbor Home, Manchester. Friends may call from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. June 2, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Mass of

William Henry Crane – Mederville

William Henry Crane, 91, of rural Mederville, passed away Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Guttenberg Care Center in Guttenberg. Funeral Service: 10:30 am, Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at the Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader. Visitation: 6 to 8 pm, Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader and one hour before

Carol Lee Jasper – Dyersville

Carol Lee Jasper, 69, of Dyersville died Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. Friends may call from 2 – 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. Friends may continue to call Friday at


Anamosa Man Charged With Manufacturing Meth

An Anamosa man has been charged with attempting manufacture of methamphetamine by a drug felon near a school. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, 36-year-old Zackery L. Smockcould face up to 60 years in prison and up to four million dollars in fines if convicted. Smock is accused of manufacturing and attempting to manufacture meth


High Waters Affect Riverboat Operators In Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) – Riverboat operators say high water is preventing them from beginning their season on the Mississippi River in Dubuque. Don Vogt, director of the Dubuque Public Works Department, says the river level must fall to 16 feet before the floodgates at Ice Harbor can be opened. Recent figures show the level was

EPA Mulls Ethanol Change As Industry Profits Soar

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – As ethanol producers see some of their most profitable months ever, the federal government is considering whether to lower the amount of the corn-based fuel that must be blended into gasoline. If the EPA approves a proposal reducing the required amount of ethanol that must be used nationally from about

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84 Percent Of Iowa Corn Crop Planted

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmers have planted a higher percentage of the corn crop than last year but remain behind the five-year average. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that 84 percent of the corn crop had been planted as of Sunday. That’s more than the 63 percent of the crop planted

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