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Manure Application Training Starts In January

Iowa livestock confinement and commercial manure applicators should start to plan now for taking their required training to renew their certificates. Jeff Prier at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says testing will begin early next month. “It starts in January and it runs through February for most of the confinement applicators,” Prier says. “The


Traffic fatalities Down In 2013

One month ago, law enforcement officials had high hopes that the state would post fewer than 300 traffic fatalities in a single year for the first time in over seven decades. Unfortunately, that won’t happen. Iowa State Patrol spokesperson Sergeant Scott Bright says the traffic death toll for the year rose to 315 last week.


106 The High for 2013 In Iowa; -27 The Record Low

The record high in Iowa in 2013 was 106 degrees — back in May — and the record low a minus 27 just last week. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker (HILL-uh-ker) says temperatures in Iowa for 2013 have averaged out to slightly below normal. This past spring was very wet and the late summer and early


Iowa Red Cross Volunteers Kept Busy In 2013

The Iowa chapter of the American Red Cross is wrapping up a busy 2013. It was a year of deadly tornadoes, fierce wildfires, and destructive floods around the United States. The regional communication officer for the Red Cross, Kara Kelly, says nearly 16-hundred (1,600) Iowans volunteered to help recovery efforts. However, most of the volunteer

William “Bill” Schipper, Jr., Walker (formerly of Delhi)

William “Bill” Schipper Jr., formerly of Delhi, Iowa, currently of Walker, Iowa, died Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Memorial Mass: 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 29, 2013, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Delhi, by Father John Kramer. The family will greet friends from noon until service time, Sunday at the church. Military honors will be conducted by

Kenneth “Kenny” Becker

Funeral services for 75-year old Kenneth “Kenny” Becker will be held 11:00 Saturday morning, December 28, 2013 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Hopkinton where friends may call from 3 until 8 on Friday. A parish Vigil Service will be held at 3:00 and a Knights of Columbus Rosary will be at 8:00 PM. Goettsch Funeral


Bluder Agrees To One-Year Contract Extension

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Hawkeyes women’s basketball coach Lisa Bluder has agreed to a one-year contract extension. University of Iowa Director of Athletics Gary Barta’s announcement Thursday means Bluder will be head coach of the women’s basketball program through the 2019 season. The school says Bluder is one of 13 active Division One coaches

Vivian Anne Tucker, formerly of Strawberry Point

Vivian Anne Tucker, 74, formerly of Strawberry Point, died Monday, December 23,  2013, at the Brooklyn Community Estate in Brooklyn, Iowa.  She was born on July 29, 1939, at Nashville, Illinois, the daughter of Ryman Vieht and Mildred  Belle (Favor) Jackson.  Vivian was raised and educated in southern Illinois. Vivian was united in marriage to


Firefighters Respond To Fire On Christmas Eve

The Manchester and Delaware Fire Departments responded to a house fire at about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at 423 South Tama Street.  According to Manchester Fire Chief Mike Ryan, the fire originated in the kitchen area and extended to the attic.  The home is owned by Dave McGraw. The cause of the fire is unknown at


Delaware Co. Man Missing

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing man. Brian “Farmer” Burns, 55, was last seen on Thursday, December 19, at his home in Delaware County. Mr. Burns is 6 feet tall and weighs 240 pounds. He has short gray hair and is bald on top of his

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