Author Archives: Mike Johnson


Firefighter Injured Fighting Central City Fire

Firefighter Injured Fighting Central City Fire

CENTRAL CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a firefighter responding to a fire in eastern Iowa has been hospitalized with a serious medical condition. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says the firefighter was one of several emergency responders trying to put out a large fire Thursday morning at a building in Central City that houses


Rita E. “Betty” Wilgenbusch – Dyersville

Rita E. “Betty” Wilgenbusch, 89, of Dyersville, Iowa died Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa. Visitation will be held 2-8 p.m. Friday, November 25, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 1:45 p.m. Visitation will continue Saturday, morning


Nikolaus J. Luebbers – Independence

Nikolaus J. Luebbers, 85 years old, of rural Independence, Iowa, died on Monday, November 21, 2016, at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa. He was born on January 7, 1931, in Diele, Germany, the son of Heinrich and Adelheid (Luebbers) Luebbers. He attended school in Germany. In 1951, he immigrated to this country and lived


Area VB Players Earn All-State Honors

The 2016 All-State Volleyball teams have been announced.  The Class 1A second team includes Starmont Sophomore Hayley Goedken; Starmont Junior Regan Jannsen made the 3rd team.  Brylyn Clute, an Edgewood-Colesburg Senior made Honorable Mention.  In Class 3A, West Delaware Senoir Haley Lyness made 2nd team; Senior Kylie Bildstein of Beckman is on the 3rd team


November Valued Volunteer: Les Carlson

Congratulations to this month’s Valued Volunteer: Les Carlson. Les was nominated for his many years as director of the Delaware County Recreational Center.  Les says they are always looking for volunteers to help out at the Rec. Center.  If you’d like to help out, you can call Les at 927-8027.  To nominate some for the


Shirley A. Bagby – Independence, formally of Winthrop

Shirley A. Bagby, 87, of Independence, formally of Winthrop, IA, died Thursday November 17, 2016, at Lexington Estates, Independence, IA. Shirley was born on February 13, 1929 in Jesup, Iowa the daughter of Paul and Irene (Ehr) Kerkove. She graduated from Jesup High School and started working as a telephone operator in Jesup. She later


Anstoetter Named To Iowa Conference First Team

The 2016 All-Iowa Conference Football Team as voted by the league’s nine head coaches has been released.  Beckman alum Tony Anstoetter who is a Junior Linebacker for Warburg made the first team.  Anstoetter recorded three interceptions to rank fourth in the league while also breaking up eight passes. In his junior season, he totaled 70


Clayton County Officials Approve Sand Mining Expansion

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) – Clayton County officials have given final approval for expanded silica sand mining on 746 acres of land that has been rezoned despite health concerns from some who live near the site. The Telegraph Herald reports that County Zoning Board of Adjustment members voted unanimously for approval Tuesday. The plan calls for


Harold J. Crowley – Hopkinton

Harold J. Crowley, 92, of Hopkinton, Iowa, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha. Visitation will be held from 3 – 7 pm Friday, Nov. 18, at St. Luke Catholic Church in Hopkinton. Visitation will continue from 9 – 10 am Saturday, November 19, with a Mass of


Larry Dale – Independence

Independence –  Larry W. Dale, 74 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Sunday, November 13, 2016, at his home.  He was born on August 3, 1942, in Cerro Gordo, Illinois, the son of Clarence and Frances (Campbell) Dale.  On November 2, 1974, he and the former Linda Marguerite Jensen were married in Rock Falls,