Author Archives: Mike Johnson


Lawmakers Want Agreement Soon on Dog Racing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Legislative leaders are telling the greyhound racing industry and casinos that want to end dog racing to work out their differences soon. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat, says he’d like to see a deal that provides a “soft landing” for the greyhound industry that support the

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Western Dubuque Girls Advance to State Championship

The Western Dubuque girls basketball team won in the State Semi-finals Thursday night, defeating Ballard 30 to 23. Ballard made a run on the Bobcats in the third quarter, but the Bobcats found a way to get around it. Western Dubuque Coach Amy Ostwinkle: WDbq Semi 1 Western Dubuque, who is making their first appearance

Maxine Rose Heffernan – Manchester

Maxine Rose Heffernan, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, died on Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on March 3, 1925, in Ryan, the daughter of Harry and Bernadine (Duggan) McCrea.  Maxine was educated in the Ryan and Coggon,  and graduated from Jesup High School in 1943.  She received


Small Herds, Record Exports Cause High Beef Prices

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – The average price for a pound of fresh beef is the highest in at least 27 years. That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Austin Arndt, president of the Wisconsin Cattlemen’s Association tells the La Crosse Tribune  it’s due to the lingering effects of drought in California, the Great

Karen G. Jensen – Independence

Funeral services for 61 year old Karen G. Jensen of Independence will be held at 3pm on Friday, March 7th at the Reiff Funeral Home and Crematory in independence Visitation: 1pm until service time Friday at the Funeral Home. Survivors of Karen Jensen include: Her husband, Rick A son, Jason Hunziker  of Independence Her Mother,


Joan “Dietz” Loecke – Worthington

Joan S. “Dietz” Loecke, 86, of Worthington, Iowa, died Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Friends and relatives of Joan may call from 2 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, Iowa, where a wake service will be held at 4 p.m., and

Jose Moncada Nava – Petersburg

Jose Moncada Nava, 36, of Petersburg died Monday, March 3, 2014, as a result of an auto/train accident in Earlville, Iowa. Friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a Vigil Service will be held at 4 p.m. Mass of

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