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Manchester Library Holds First Ever “Libcon”

Manchester Library Holds First Ever “Libcon”

The first ever “Libcon” was held Saturday at the Manchester Public Library.  “Libcon” is a take off on the popular “Comicon” events held throughout the country.  Several artists were on hand displaying and selling comic-related items.  Jeff Dyer of Dubuque is a writer who is helping keep the “Peanuts” comics alive.  Boom Studios started a

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Manchester 12U Regional Baseball Schedule

The Manchester 12U Baseball Team is on their way to Boonville, Missouri to compete in the Cal Ripken Midwest Plains Regional Tournament.  The Hawks will start with pool play on Saturday at 5:00pm against West Fargo North Dakota.  On Sunday they will go up against Cimmeron River Kansas at 1;00pm, then on Monday they will

Mary Jane Wilts – Independence

Mary Jane Dilts, passed from this life on April 24, 2015 in Peoria, Arizona.  She was 89 years old. Mary Jane was born on June 12, 1925 near Winthrop, Iowa, daughter of Polish immigrants, John and Katie (Lupino) Mazur.  Mary Jane graduated from Rowley High School, Class of 1941.  Post high school, she attended Gates

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Manchester 12U Team Wins State Tourney

The 12 U Manchester Hawks Baseball Team is the 2015 Cal Ripken State Champions.  The Hawks won four straight games this weekend and will represent the state of Iowa at Boonville, Missouri during the Midwest Plains Regional Championship being held July 10th-July 15th. The Hawks beat each opponent by at least ten runs, beating Tri

Jeannine Y. (Heinrichs) Kennedy – Dyersville

Jeannine Y. (Heinrichs) Kennedy, 86, of Dyersville, died Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Oak Crest Manor, Dyersville, Iowa.   Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2:00 p.m.  Visitation

Peggy J. O’Brien – Independence

Independence –  Peggy J. O’Brien, 82 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Thursday, July 2, 2015, at her home.  She was born on February 18, 1933, in Independence, Iowa, the daughter of Arthur Paul and Charlotte M. (Massingham) Fowlkes.  She attended school in Quasqueton, Iowa.  On June 20, 1951, she and Richard Thomas O’Brien

Car-Tractor Accident In Sends One To Hospital

An Elkader man was taken to the hospital after he attempted to pass a tractor.  The accident happened shortly after noon on Wednesday on the Gunder Road.  27 year old Michael Podolsky was traveling west on the Gunder Road when he attempted to pass a tractor pulling a haybine driven by 26 year old Andy

Semi Loses Load On Highway 151 In Dubuque County

A “load shift” is being blamed for a hazardous materials spill on Highway 151 and Reiter Road in Dubuque County.  According to the Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, Joseph Moore of Muldrow, Oklahoma was driving a tractor trailer owned by Simon Trucking of Farley late Wednesday afternoon when the load in his semi shifted, causing several


Record Soybean Crop Planted, Progress Slowed By Rain

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A record 85.1 million acres of soybeans are in the ground in the U.S., though a wet few months have kept farmers from planting in some states. The planted soybean acreage is 2 percent more than in 2014, with the largest increases found in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Tennessee. The


Clayton County Part Of Disaster Proclamation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A disaster proclamation has been issued for 18 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. Gov. Terry Branstad issued the proclamation Tuesday. It allows the state to help residents impacted by a tornado that hit parts of Wapello County on June 20. The proclamation also helps residents affected by other

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