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Two Area Attractions Nominated for Silos and Smokestacks’ “Site of the Year”

Two Area Attractions Nominated for Silos and Smokestacks’ “Site of the Year”

Two area attractions – one in Dyersville and one in Independence – are in the running for Silos and Smokestacks’ “Site of the Year”. Each year, Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area celebrates the best in heritage development by presenting Golden Silo Awards to individuals and organizations who preserve and share America’s agricultural story. This

Several WD and MV Students Named to All-State Speech

Several speech students from West Delaware and Maquoketa Valley have made it to All-State. For West Delaware, the All-Staters are Christian Schnieders in After Dinner Speaking, Harrison Guetzko in Prose and Ben Ruba in Radio News Announcing. For Maquoketa Valley, the All-Staters are Heather Sabers in Storytelling, Shaylyn Trenkamp in Reviewing, Jazz Niehaus in After

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Delaware County Democrats Hold Mid-Term Caucus

Delaware County Democrats held their mid-term caucus at West Delaware High School on Saturday. New officers were elected, with Megan Jack elected Chair, Justin Scott elected Vice Chair, Betty Kruse elected Secretary and Mark Roeder elected Treasurer. The area Democrats also had a visit from two declared 1st District candidates, Monica Vernon and Ravi Patel.

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Greater Delaware County Community Foundation Unveils New Logo

The Greater Delaware County Community Foundation has unveiled its new logo. The logo was designed by the West Delaware Graphics Design class, led by art and design instructor Jolene Pitzenberger-Timp. The students spent time researching what makes a good logo and proposed twenty drafts. The Greater Delaware County Community Foundation narrowed those drafts down to

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Dyersville’s St. Pat’s Parade Winners Announced

Saturday’s picture-perfect weather led to a huge turnout for Dyersville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parade watchers decked out in green lined up along the route to watch the large parade, which lasted over an hour and fifteen minutes. And the parade winners have been announced… Physical Therapy Solutions took first place for Best Float with

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Dyersville Gearing Up for St. Patty’s Celebration

Dyersville is gearing up for their annual St. Patty’s Day celebration on Saturday… The day kicks off with the Gaelic Gallop races and the bike ride. Dyers Pat 0 That’s John Gallagher with the Ancient Order of Hibernian Dubuque Chapter #1. The Hibernians play a big role in Dyersville’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which includes


Independence Paying Former Mayor to Settle Lawsuit

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) – The city of Independence will pay a former mayor $50,000 to settle his civil rights lawsuit. Carl Scharff, who served as mayor of Independence from 2009 until 2013, filed the lawsuit Feb. 25 in Buchanan County District Court against Independence and former police officer David Winger. Scharff says his civil rights


Former Manchester Bank Employee Awaits Sentencing for Embezzlement

A former Manchester bank employee is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars. According to information filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ann Sperfslage pleaded guilty to one count of bank embezzlement by a bank employee in U.S. District Court last month. Sperfslage worked at First State Bank in Manchester, beginning as a part-time teller before

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