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Billie Lee Duart – Strawberry Point

Billie Lew Duart, 87, of Strawberry Point, Iowa,  passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home.  He was born on October 23, 1927, near Dundee, the son of Louis H. and Ella (Wolfe) Duart.  Bill was raised and educated in Delhi and enlisted in the U.S. Army when he was


Iowa Cropland Value Drops

Iowa’s cropland value saw the biggest decline in the United States over the last year, according to the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) 2015 Land Value Summary released this week. Cropland prices in Iowa dropped to $8,200 an acre, 6.3% lower than the previous year’s value of $8,750. Iowa cropland surged from $5,600 an


Coggon Man Charged After Pursuit Last Month

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office filed charges against a Coggon man in connection with a stolen vehicle incident last month.  Authorities believe 23 year old Kristofer  Miller was the driver of a stolen vehicle that led deputies in a high speed pursuit on July 27.  The pursuit ended when the vehicle left the roadway on

Marilyn Ann Mescher – Dyersville

Marilyn Ann Mescher, 72, died peacefully on August 5, 2015, at her home, surrounded by family, after a battle with brain cancer. Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville. Visitation will continue Monday, August 10th from 9:00 – 10:00


Delaware Co. Farmer Pleads Guilty To Hiring Illegals

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A Delaware County dairy cattle farmer has pleaded guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids to one count of harboring, encouraging and inducing someone living in the U.S. illegally. According to a press release from U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau, 47-year-old Michael Thomas Millenkamp of rural Earlville was convicted Wednesday

Roy Edward “Punk” Davis, Jr – Manchester

Roy Edward “Punk” Davis, Jr., 58, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Monday, August 3, 2015, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. He was born on October 8, 1956, in Dubuque, the son of Roy and Neva (Scott) Davis, Sr. Roy was raised and educated in the area, and was a 1977 West Delaware

Roy Payne Jr – Quasqueton

Quasqueton –  Roy Payne, Jr., 74 years old, of Quasqueton, Iowa, died on Saturday, August 1, 2015, at his home in Keosauqua, Iowa.  He was born on October 7, 1940, in Prairieburg, Iowa, the son of Adlia Roy and Lillian Martha (Soukup) Payne, Sr.  He attended school in Quasqueton, Iowa.  On February 21, 1959, he

Helen Clemen – Manchester

Helen Fay Clemen, 80, of Manchester, Iowa (formerly of rural Masonville), passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 2, 2015, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  She was born on February 16, 1935, in Central City, the daughter of Marvin and Dorothy (Wilcox) Spinler.  Helen was raised in the Central City area and graduated from


Hawks Get Ready For Season With Camp This Week

The 2015 High School football season is just 25 days away and several West Delaware players took part in the Upper Iowa Football Camp last week. That’s West Delaware head coach Doug Winkowitsch, who will be starting his 12the year as head football coach this season.  Today the Hawks start their own week of football