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Margaret L. Hoeck – Independence

Margaret L. Hoeck, 83 years old, of rural Independence, Iowa, died on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at the BuchananCountyHealthCenter in Independence.  She was born on August 26, 1930, in Benton County, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Elizabeth (Becker) Carlson.  She graduated from high school in Newhall, Iowa, with the Class of 1948.  On October

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St. Francis Xavier School Holding Annual Fundraising Dinner

St. Francis Xavier School in Dyersville will hold its annual fundraising dinner this Friday night. It’s called “A Xavier Affair” and Principal Peter Smith says it’s the fifth year for the event. Affair Xavier 1 The evening includes a social hour, dinner, DJ music, as well as silent and live auctions. And they’ll hold four raffle

Ethanol Advocates Join for Hearing in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says federal authorities must use “common sense” and reconsider a proposed reduction in the amount of ethanol that must be blended with gasoline. Branstad kicked off a daylong hearing in Des Moines on Thursday about the issue. Other supporters of ethanol production are scheduled to speak, including

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Lukan Says President’s Marijuana Comments Send Mixed Message

The director of the Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy says President Barrack Obama’s recent remark that marijuana is not more dangerous than alcohol is another mixed message sent by the administration. Steve Lukan says the president’s remark makes it tough on those who’re trying to warn young people about the dangers of drugs. ddlukanmarij1

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Michigan Tops Iowa 75-67,

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, and Number 21 Michigan held off 10th ranked Iowa 75-67 on Wednesday night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten. The Wolverines (14-4, 6-0) have won eight straight to set up a showdown in East Lansing on Saturday night with rival Michigan State, the Big

Iowa Farm Bureau Seeks Participants For China Trip

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Farm Bureau is seeking participants for a market study tour of China. The group says it’s now accepting applications from its members for a trip that includes meeting with Chinese farmers, agriculture business leaders, government officials and Beijing citizens. It is tentatively scheduled for early July. Officials

Bennett Habel, Holy Cross

Bennett J. Habel, 88, of Holy Cross, Iowa, died Monday, January 20, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family of natural causes.   Friends may call from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross, Iowa.   Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January

Harold G. Nieman, Manchester formerly of Delhi

Harold G. Nieman, 92, of Manchester formerly of Delhi, went to be with the Lord January 20, 2014 at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester.  Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 24, 2014 at the United Parish Church in Earlville by Pastor Jill Mack .  Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. – 7:00

Clara Elrose Brown of Strawberry Point

Clara Elrose Brown, 93, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, died on Sunday, January 19, 2014, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home.  She was born on July 3, 1920, in Dodge County Minnesota the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Sorn) Mensing, the seventh of eight children.  Clara graduated from Kasson, Minnesota High School in 1938 and Beauty

Ronald Coleman, Strawberry Point

Ronald Coleman, 83, of Strawberry Point, Iowa, died at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home on Sunday, January 19, 2014.  He was born on May 9, 1930, in Soldier Grove, Wisconsin, the son of Willis and Bernice (Conley) Coleman.  He was raised and educated in the area, attending Crawford County Wisconsin rural school.   On July

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