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Keith Dirks – Anamosa

Anamosa Keith Dirks age 58, a 19 year member of the Jones County Supervisors,  died Saturday, August 15, 2015 at his home following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held 11:00 Thursday morning, August 20, 2015 at the Wayne Zion Lutheran Church, rural Monticello with interment in the Wayne Zion Cemetery.  Friends may call

Thomas Strang – Manchester

Thomas A. Strang, 89, of Evergreen Estates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and formerly of Manchester, Iowa died Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 2:25 a.m. at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Friends and relatives of Tom may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Cascade,

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Brian Lindley – Nashville Trip Winner

Congratulations to Brian Lindley – our Grand Prize winner of our “KMCH Pickin On Nashville Song Of The Day” Contest!  Brian and 9 others went digging in the sand Saturday and Brian found the treasure box containing the Gold Pick and is now headed to Nashville!  Thank you to everyone who played along and to

Charles Robinson – Greeley

Charles Vernon Robinson, 65, of Greeley, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at his residence near Greeley.  He was born on January 5, 1950, in Manchester, the son of Vernon and Evelyn (Sherman) Robinson.  Charlie attended school in Greeley and graduated from West Delaware High School in 1968.  He then farmed in the

Tire Blowout Causes Accident On Highway 20

A tire blowout caused a one-vehicle accident that sent a Dubuque woman to the hospital Monday morning.  71 year old Rosemary Mertzberger was traveling east on Highway 20 near Mile Marker 258 when the left front tire of her vehicle blew out.  Wertzberger’s car entered the median into oncoming traffic and veered back into the

Barbara Moser – Edgewood

Barbara Lou Moser, 86, of Edgewood, Iowa, passed away at her home on Saturday, August 8, 2015.  She was born on November 4, 1928, in Edgewood the daughter of Everett and Edna (Arthur) Hansel.   Barb was raised in Edgewood; her parents co-owned and operated the Hansel Café with her aunt and uncle.  Barb helped out

Billie Lee Duart – Strawberry Point

Billie Lew Duart, 87, of Strawberry Point, Iowa,  passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home.  He was born on October 23, 1927, near Dundee, the son of Louis H. and Ella (Wolfe) Duart.  Bill was raised and educated in Delhi and enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was

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Iowa Cropland Value Drops

Iowa’s cropland value saw the biggest decline in the United States over the last year, according to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) 2015 Land Value Summary released this week. Cropland prices in Iowa dropped to $8,200 an acre, 6.3% lower than the previous year’s value of $8,750. Iowa cropland surged from $5,600 an

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Coggon Man Charged After Pursuit Last Month

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office filed charges against a Coggon man in connection with a stolen vehicle incident last month.  Authorities believe 23 year old Kristofer  Miller was the driver of a stolen vehicle that led deputies in a high speed pursuit on July 27.  The pursuit ended when the vehicle left the roadway on

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