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Velma M. Burke – formerly of Earlville

Velma M. Burke, 96, formerly of Earlville, died Monday, April 20, 2015.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015 at Earlville United Parish.  Family will greet friends from 2:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 26, 2015 at Clifton Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Earlville, and one hour prior to the service at

Elizabeth Wagner – Elkader

Elizabeth Wagner, 68, of Elkader passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader.   Leonard Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Elkader, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left with   Funeral Service: 11:00 AM on Friday, April 24, 2015 at the funeral home Inurnment: To Be Held


Two Hospitalized In Accident Near Aurora

Two people were taken to the hospital following a crash Saturday on G Ave north of 10th Street, outside of Aurora.  When Fayette County Deputies arrived, they found that 65 year old Carol Dettbarn of Aurora was turning into a driveway with her 2007 Buick, when she turned into the path of a 2006 Chevy

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Survey Suggests Economy Slowing in Rural Areas of Ten States

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The economic outlook for rural areas of 10 states in the Plains and the West remained negative in April even though it improved slightly from the previous month. Creighton University’s Rural Mainstreet index grew to 46 in April from March’s 43.6, but any score below 50 suggests a decline. The indexes

Chapman Helps Wichita State To Another Championship

WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita State men and North Carolina A&T women were victorious at the 2015 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships on Saturday. In the men’s final, Wichita State swept Midland in the best-of-five title match, 3-0, to record the program’s 11th Intercollegiate Team Championships win. On the women’s side, North Carolina A&T bested defending

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Dyersville Chamber Hosting Annual Women’s Night

The Dyersville Chamber’s annual Women’s Night event is coming up this Wednesday night. Assistant Chamber Director Jessica Pape says it’s meant to be a night of fun and relaxation for women all over the area. Women Night 1 The highlight of the Women’s Night is always the announcement of the Woman of the Year. Several

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Chapman Bowling In Intercollegiate Championships

The Wichita State Men’s Bowling team has made it to the quarterfinals of the intercollegiate team championships.  The Shockers won their first two matches against Clarke and Notre Dame of Ohio and face RMU of Illinois this afternoon.    The Shockers enter the week ranked fifth nationally.  West Delaware graduate AJ Chapman is in his 3rd


Former Operators Of Marion Elder Care Home Convicted

MARION, Iowa (AP) – The former operators of a closed elder group home in Marion have been convicted on three charges, including neglect. Online court records say that 67-year-old Peggy Berns and 71-year-old Donald Berns on Wednesday also were convicted of conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and of possession of a controlled substance. Their


CP-U Wins Hawk Boys Track Invite

The West Delaware boys track and field invitational was held last night on the best weather night so far this spring sports season. The meet provided a last chance theme in qualifying for the Drake Relays for the athletes on-hand representing 14 schools. CP-U won the meet with 119 points, 2nd was Marion with 100.

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