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Lake Delhi Phase One Construction Starting Soon

Lake Delhi Phase One Construction Starting Soon

Work on restoring Lake Delhi is expected to start next month. The Lake Delhi District Trustees recently awarded the contract for Phase One of construction to Lunde Construction Company. Lunde was the lowest of four bidders, coming in at four-point-five million dollars – very close to the engineer’s estimate for Phase One construction costs. Trustees


Suspicious Van Spotted at West Delaware Schools

Local authorities are keeping their eye out for a suspicious vehicle spotted at West Delaware Middle School in Manchester. School superintendent Dr. Kristen Rickey sent out an email to parents of students Wednesday night, letting them know that a gold bronze-colored Chevy van had been seen parked near the Middle School Wednesday and was later

Joseph A. Klein – Manchester

Joseph A. Klein, 91, of Manchester died March 25, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Manchester by Rev.  Joseph Schneider.  Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 31, 2014 at


Manchester City Employees Recognized for Years of Service

Several Manchester city employees have been recognized for their years of service to the City. Mayor Milt Kramer presented service awards to Rick Carnicle for twenty-five years of service to the Manchester Police Department, Perry Peterson for twenty-five years of service for Project Inspections and and Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations, Jim Hauschild and Linda Loney-Fangmann

Ambrose “Biff” Schlarmann – Monticello

Ambrose “Biff” Schlarmann age 98,  of Monticello, died Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Monticello Nursing and RehabilitationCenter following a brief illness. Funeral services will be held 10:30 Friday morning, March 28, 2014 at  St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Monticello with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 until 7 Thursday at the

Elizabeth E. Heiserman – Independence

Independence -  Elizabeth E. Heiserman, 93 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at ABCM Rehabilitation Independence – West in Independence.  She was born on April 29, 1920, in Benton County, Iowa, the daughter of Grover Cleveland and Pauline (Hoffman) McKinley.  She graduated from high school in Rowley, Iowa, and then

Lucille L. “Lulu” Ludovissy – North Buena Vista

Lucille L. “Lulu” Ludovissy, 74, of North Buena Vista, Iowa passed to her eternal rest, at home, on Thursday, March 20, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. Family and friends may call from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kramer Funeral Home in Holy Cross, Iowa.  Friends may continue to call after

Joseph G. Engelken – Manchester

Joseph G.  Engelken,  93, of Manchester, Iowa, died on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the Regional Medical Center in Manchester.  He was born on December 6, 1920, in Farley, the son of Bernard and Agatha (Oberbroeckling) Engelken.  Joe was raised and educated in the Farley area. Joe was drafted in the United States Army on

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Independence Head Coach Officially Resigns

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – The head girls basketball coach at Independence High School has carried through with his intention to quit. Rod Conrad and assistant coach Rob Ratchford had complained of threats and criticism from parents and others. The school board accepted Ratchford’s resignation on Monday. Conrad had said in a statement released March 12

Arlyn Kay “Grizz” Cole – Manchester

Arlyn Kay “Grizz” Cole, 50, of Manchester, Iowa, died at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.    She was born on May 8, 1963, in Iowa City, the daughter of Harvey LeRoy and Vera Mae (Nelson) Cole.  Arlyn was raised and educated in the Manchester area, and

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