Author Archives: Mike Johnson

John Earl Lee – Quasqueton

Quasqueton –  John Earl Lee, 46 years old, of Quasqueton, Iowa, died on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.  He was born on January 2, 1969, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Richard Wayne and Lavonne Eleanor (Jennings) Lee.  He graduated from East Buchanan High

JoAnn Eschen – Independence

Independence –  JoAnn Eschen, 81 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Monday, July 20, 2015, at the Buchanan County Health Center Long Term Care in Independence.  She was born on May 29, 1934, in Madison, South Dakota, the daughter of Wilbert Lee and Edna Lucille (Parish) Terry.  As a child, she moved with her

Audrey Cook – Independence

Audrey N. Cook, 89, of Independence, IA died Saturday evening, July 18, 2015 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, Iowa. Audrey was born on February 5, 1926 near Quasqueton, Iowa the daughter of Robert J. and Jennie Mae (Oldridge) Franck. She was raised in Buchanan County and was employed at the Independence Produce

Addie “Bobbie” Peake – Arlington

Addie “Bobbie” Peake Bobbie Peake of Arlington Iowa passed away Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at the Good Neighbor Home at Manchester Iowa.  Bobbie Peake was born April 15, 1914 at Mederville. Bobbie graduated from the Cedar Rapids Barber School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1940. She was the only woman enrolled in the Barber School.

Vickie J. Mysak – Manchester

Vickie J. Mysak, 46, of Manchester, died Friday, July 17, 2015.  Celebration of Life services will be held at Bailey’s Ford Park on Saturday, July 25, 2015, starting at 2:00 p.m.  Bohnenkamp Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Manchester is in charge of arrangements. Vickie was born January 15, 1969, in Manchester, Iowa, the

Phillip Jeffery Gaffney – Garner

  Phillip Jeffrey Gaffney, of Garner, Iowa, was stillborn on the morning of Friday, July 17, 2015, at Mercy Hospital in Mason City.  He was the son of Robert and Kathleen (Larsen) Gaffney. Survivors left to cherish his memory are his parents, Robert “Bob” and Kathleen “Katie” Gaffney of Garner, Iowa; a brother, Peter Gaffney

Geraldean “Gerry” McNeal – Elkader

Elkader Geraldean “Gerry” Kuehl McNeal, 87, of Elkader, died Saturday, July 18, 2015, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home. Funeral Services: 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader Burial: Hansel Cemetery, rural Garber Visitation: 4 to 7, Tuesday, July 21, 2015, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader

Iowa Farmers Rally in DC to Sway EPA Over Fuel Rules

Corn growers from across Iowa and nationwide are in Washington D-C this week, hoping to get lawmakers and officials to hear their concerns about the future of ethanol. Bruce Rohwer, past-president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Paullina, says corn growers hope to sway the Environmental Protection Agency to increase the

Iowa Crops and Weather Report – July 13

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.  The report is released weekly from April through October. “In general, much of the crop remains in good to excellent condition across the state.  Unfortunately, there are some wet