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Masonville City Clerk Pleads Guilty

Masonville City Clerk Pleads Guilty

The former city clerk of Masonville has admitted to stealing from the city. Forty-two-year-old Christine Anne King pled guilty in federal court in Cedar Rapids to one count of mail fraud. King admitted she routinely issued herself fake payroll and expense reimbursement checks while working as city clerk. King admitted to reporting inflated bank account

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State Disaster Official Advises Storm Readiness

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The state’s top disaster services official says the death of two Iowans in April 27 storms highlights the need to develop a storm preparedness plan. Mark Schouten, Iowa’s emergency management director recommends Iowans stay aware by keeping a battery operated radio or a cell phone with a storm alert application

Planting Expected To Progress This Week

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmers say they’re still on track to get their corn planted despite cold, wet weather that slowed their start to the planting season. Numbers released Monday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show 23 percent of Iowa’s corn crop has been planted. That’s up significantly from last week’s 15

Dennis Lee Williams – Manchester

Dennis Lee Williams, 62, of Manchester, passed away at his home on Sunday, May 4, 2014.  He was born on June 18, 1951, the son Charles and Anna (Badger) Williams in Oelwein, Iowa.  Dennis attended West Delaware High School. He served honorably in the United States Marines during the Vietnam Conflict. Dennis had an accident-free

Carl N. Kleitsch – Monticello

Carl N. Kleitsch, 89, of Monticello died Monday, May 5, 2014, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha. Friends may call from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10,

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News Director Janelle Tucker & KMCH Honored by IBNA

It was a great night for KMCH at the 2014 Iowa Broadcast News Association Banquet! News Director Janelle Tucker was honored with six awards, including the IBNA’s highest honor of 1st Place for Overall Excellence in Small Market Radio! Janelle also won 1st Place for Overall Excellence in Anchoring, 2nd Place for Feature Story, 3rd

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Erosion is Costing Iowa Farmers Millions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Rain and wind is washing away enough of Iowa’s fertile topsoil to potentially reduce crop yields by $1 billion, so researchers are working to develop a better way to measure erosion. The Des Moines Register reports researchers think parts of Iowa could be losing up to 12 times more soil

Lora Mager – Elkader

Lora Mager, 58, of Elkader, died Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Strawberry Point Lutheran Home in Strawberry Point. Visitation: 3 to 7 pm – Thursday, May 8, 2014, at Leonard Funeral Home in Elkader and one hour before services at the church on Friday. Funeral Service: 11:00 am – Friday, May 9, 2014, at

Construction Work Leads to Closures in Manchester

Construction work is beginning today on a couple areas in Manchester. The railroad crossing on South Tama Street will be closed for repairs. The area will be marked with construction signage. The railroad crossing is expected to be closed through Wednesday. And also starting today, Burrington Road/South Fifth Street will be closed from Enterprise Avenue to the

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Michigan Woman Wins Purple “Longhaul Survivor” Semi

The locally-famous purple semi that’s been raising money for cancer now officially has an owner… Brittany Dunigan of Canton, Michigan won the Peterbilt semi known as the “Longhaul Survivor” in a fundraiser raffle at the Midwest Pride In Your Ride Truck and Tractor Show in Earlville on Saturday. The semi, which was painted purple in

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