Author Archives: Mark Morris

Linn County to Get New Poll Pads for Checking Voter I-Ds

When voters head to the polls for a special election next month in Alburnett, they may notice something different when they go to check in.  Poll workers will be using a new piece of technology that aims to make the voting process more efficient.   The new state voter I.D. law requires voters show an approved…Read more »

Former ISU, NFL D-Lineman Arrested for Carrying Gun While Drunk

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) – A former NFL defensive lineman who is now a county supervisor in north Iowa faces misdemeanor charges after police say he showed up drunk and armed with a pistol at a daytime board meeting. Police were called to the Winnebago County Courthouse after Tuesday’s meeting in Forest City  Mike Stensrud,…Read more »

Man Shot by Iowa City Police May 9th Should Have Been in Jail

A violent offender shot this month by Iowa City police had been released from jail days earlier, despite probation violations that could have kept him behind bars. Hours after bonding out of jail on a charge of assaulting a police officer, Michael Caceres allegedly robbed an Iowa City gas station at knifepoint early May 7.…Read more »

One-Car Derailment Blocks RR Crossings in Manchester

A single train car derailment this(Thur) morning in Manchester closed several railroad crossings for close to an hour. Manchester police say there was no threat to the public at any time, due to the derailment, and the blocked crossings were at Bailey Drive, and South Wayne, Brewer, Tama and Madison Streets. All are now reopened.Read more »

Pre-Dawn Adair County Storm Confirmed as EF-2 Tornado: NWS

Authorities in Adair County, Iowa, confirmed that an EF-2 tornado destroyed a home this(Wed) morning, killing one person inside and sending another to the hospital.   It happened around 1:30 southeast of Adair. The National Weather Service said debris from the property landed on I-80 and confirmed the damage was consistent with a tornado.   The residents…Read more »

Iowa City Downtown District Hires New “Nighttime Mayor”

The Iowa City Downtown District has hired a new “Nighttime Mayor.”   Joe Reilly will take over the position, which has been turned into a full time job. The inaugural Nighttime Mayor position, held by Angela Winnike, was only a part time position. Winnike left that position in December of 2018. A press release from the…Read more »

Convenience Store Chain with Iowa Ties Removes Del Monte Veggie Trays

Kwik Trip has removed some vegetable trays from its convenience stores after several reported illnesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Health officials say the Del Monte vegetable trays, which included broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and dill dip, have been linked to salmonella bacteria which has, so far, sickened three people in Wisconsin and one in Minnesota. Symptoms…Read more »

BHCo Supervisors Join Fight Against New CAFOs

The Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors has added its voice to those calling for a moratorium on new livestock feeding operations. The board voted unanimously yesterday(Tue)  for a resolution that asks Gov. Kim Reynolds and state legislators to bar construction of new concentrated animal feeding operations until Iowa’s water quality improves. Supervisors in 25…Read more »

One Killed, One Injured, in Possible Adair County Twister

ADAIR, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say one person has been killed and another injured by what may have been a tornado that damaged a farmstead in southwest Iowa’s Adair County. The Sheriff’s Office says first responders found the body of 74-year-old Linda Brownlee early this(Wed) morning at the farm just east-southeast of Adair. Seventy-eight-year-old Harold…Read more »