Author Archives: Mike Johnson

Carson Plans Sunday Campaign Stop in Manchester

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson will be making a campaign stop in Manchester this weekend. Carson will hold an event at Fireside Pub and Steakhouse Sunday at 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Carson’s visit will come just one day before the Iowa Caucuses.

James A. Schmitt – Independence

James A. Schmitt, 92, of Independence, Iowa died Thursday morning, January 28, 2016 at the ABCM Rehabilitation Center’s East Campus in Independence, Iowa. Jim was born on August 25, 1923 near Dewar, Iowa the son of Oscar C. and Dorothy R. (Ward) Schmitt. He attended the Waterloo Schools, then entered the US. Army on March

Eugene L. “Gene” Oberbroeckling – Dyersville

Eugene L. “Gene” Oberbroeckling, 83, of, Dyersville died Wednesday, January 27, 2016, at Mercy Medical Center in Dubuque. Visitation will be held 2 – 8 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2016, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW in Dyersville where a parish vigil service will be held at 2 p.m. and the American Legion

Monticello School Moving Ahead With Bond Issue

The Monticello School District is planning to move forward with another bond issue vote to build a new middle school, which would be an addition to the current high school.  A community meeting was held Wednesday night, where several people said they want more information about the project.  Last September, voters rejected a much bigger plan

W. Delaware Jazz Band Gets “1” Rating At State

West Delaware hosted several schools Monday for the State Jazz Band Festival.   West Delaware along with Monticello and Center Point-Urbana received a “one” rating.  North Linn received a “two” rating.  Dubuque Hempstead and Dubuque Senior were also schedule to compete but were unable to make it to Manchester due to the weather.  West Delaware will

Richard J. Brown – Independence

Richard J. Brown, 68 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died suddenly at his home on Monday, January 25, 2016. He was born on November 23, 1947, in Independence, Iowa, the son of Burton Richard and Alice Mary (Shannon) Brown. He graduated from high school in Oelwein, Iowa, with the Class of 1968. Mr. Brown worked

Jean Elizabeth Kruger – Edgewood

Jean Elizabeth Kruger, 71, of Edgewood, Iowa, died on Monday, January 25, 2016, at the Edgewood Convalescent Home. She was born on May 25, 1944, in Greeley, the daughter of Calvin C. and Etna A. (Fierstine) Kruger. Jean was raised and educated in the Edgewood area. Jean was disabled and resided at the Penn Center

Patricia Corkery – Cedar Rapids, formerly of Rowley

Patricia Jean Leaven Corkery of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, formerly of Rowley, Iowa, died January 22, 2016 of a sudden illness. Patricia was born on June 27, 1927 in Independence, Iowa. The daughter of John Leaven and Mary Burke Leaven. She grew up on their farm outside of Independence until she moved to town in 1938

Kathryn Haag – Monticello

Kathryn E. Haag, 88, of Monticello died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, at Monticello Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Visitation will be held from 3 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 26, 2016, at the Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello where a parish vigil will be held at 3 p.m. Visitation will continue Wednesday from 10 – 11