Author Archives: Mark Morris

House Fires Thursday in Independence, Waterloo

House Fires Thursday in Independence, Waterloo

Firefighters extinguished a fire at an Independence home late yesterday(Thur) afternoon.  Crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the first floor of the home when they were called to the 800 block of Eighth Avenue NE at about 4:40 p.m.  They searched the house but were unable to find any residents or pets inside,…Read more »

General Mills RWDSU Local-110 Reveals New Contract Details

General Mills RWDSU Local-110 Reveals New Contract Details

Local 110 of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), announced that over 500 workers at the General Mills processing plant in Cedar Rapids have ratified their first union contract.   The General Mills contract was ratified after three voting sessions that took place yesterday(Thurs). The General Mills contract will be in effect for three…Read more »

Cedar Falls Utilities Rates will Rise next Year: CFU Trustees

Cedar Falls Utilities Rates will Rise next Year: CFU Trustees

The Cedar Falls Utilities board of trustees has approved a $95-million budget and set rates for next calendar year. CFU says the combination of water, natural gas and electric bills will go up by just under three dollars a month for the city’s average household. Cable-TV rates, beginning January 1st, will increase $3 a month…Read more »

Child Porn Convictions Land Two Iowa Men in Federal Prison

Child Porn Convictions Land Two Iowa Men in Federal Prison

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Two Iowa men have been sentenced to federal prison in separate child pornography cases. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say 34-year-old Ryan Budde of Clinton was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for receiving and distributing child pornography. Budde pleaded guilty to the county in July.  Investigators say they…Read more »

UNI Receives $10-Million Gift from David & Karen Takes

UNI Receives $10-Million Gift from David & Karen Takes

CEDAR FALLS – University of Northern Iowa President Nook has announced a $10 million gift to the university at today’s(Thurs) meeting of the Iowa Board of Regents.     David Takes is a current member and past chair of the UNI Foundation’s Board of Trustees and a 1981 alumnus of the university. The couple’s gift will support…Read more »