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Doris Petlon – Strawberry Point

Doris Fay Pettlon, 86, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, passed away at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City on Sunday , July 26, 2015.  She was born on July 15, 1929, in Manchester, the daughter of Rudolph and Thresa (Sands)  Helmrich.  Doris was raised and educated in Delaware County and attended rural


Missing Jones County Woman Found Dead

A missing Jones County woman was found dead Saturday morning. The Sheriff’s Office says 35-year old Amy Driver of Oxford Junction was reported missing after she was last seen walking away from her home at 7:30 Friday morning. Deputies found Driver dead the next morning during a search. Her cause of death remains under investigation.


Police Continue to Try to Solve Two Iowa Girls’ Deaths

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Investigators continue to try to solve the case of the two Iowa girls whose bodies were found several months after they disappeared in 2012. Interim Evansdale Police Chief Jeff Jensen tells the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier the department doesn’t consider the deaths a 10-year-old Lyric Cook and 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins a cold


Huskys Win Regional Competition

The Hartwick Huskys water show ski team was crowned the 2015 Division 2 Midwest Regional Show Ski Champion at the tournament held this past weekend in Albert Lea, MN. The Huskys won top scoring honors in their jump act, barefoot act, pyramids, sound crew, tow/boat driving, dock/equipment personnel, and pickup boat.  Show co-directors Mitch Tauke,

Maxyne I. Kitner – Independence

Maxyne I. Kitner, 93, of Independence, IA died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, IA. Maxyne was born on March 29, 1922 in Kansas, the daughter of John C. and Ora M. (Anderson) Taylor. She moved with her family to the Waterloo, Iowa where she graduated from West High

Leon Meyer – Independence

Leon Meyer, 71, of Independence, Iowa died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the University Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa Leon was born on May 22, 1944 in Lincoln, Nebraska the son of Willis H. and Helen R. (Martin) Meyer. He moved with his family to a farm near La Porte City, Iowa. He

Leone B. Sauer – Winthrop

Leone B. Sauer, 96, of Winthrop, Iowa died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at the Buchanan County Long Term Care Center in Independence, Iowa. Leone was born on June 3, 1919 in Liberty Township of Buchanan County, Iowa the daughter of Edward R. and Vena R. (Manson) Franck. She was raised in the Quasqueton, IA area

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

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