Biz Conditions Survey Says Growing Economy Hampered by Tariffs, Skilled Worker Shortage

An economist says a monthly survey suggests the economy continued to expand in Iowa and eight other Midwest and Plains states last month but was hampered by shortages of skilled workers. A survey report issued today(Mon) says the Mid-America Business Conditions Index dropped to 54.1 in November from 54.9 in October. The September reading was…read more »

Dubuque Pair Given Probation for Squalid Living Conditions, Seven Children

An eastern Iowa woman accused letting seven children live surrounded by garbage, rotten food and feces has been given probation. Dubuque County court records say 35-year-old Tiesha Martin pleaded guilty last month to seven counts of child endangerment. She was given two years of probation and deferred judgments. Deferred judgments allow Martin’s convictions in the…read more »

Woman in Cedar Falls Reports Armed Purse-Snatching

Cedar Falls and University of Northern Iowa police continue to investigate an armed robbery reported about 11 o’clock Saturday night. A woman told authorities that a man with a small handgun threatened her near the corner of 20th and Olive Streets, before grabbing her purse and running off. The victim described the robber as white,…read more »

Space Heater Blamed for Russell-Lamson Fire

No one was injured but Waterloo firefighters say a space heater ignited a mattress early last(Sun) night in a second floor apartment at the Russell-Lamson Building at 209 West 5th Street. The smoke from the mattress triggered the building’s sprinkler system, limiting the spread of the flames to the apartment, but there was smoke and…read more »

Waterloo Council to Buy Easements for Dry Run Creek Project

The Waterloo City Council will decide tonight(Mon) whether to pay Walmart close to $124,000 for a number of easements behind its Flammang Drive store.   The easements are needed so the City can begin construction next year on the $4-million Dry Run Creek interceptor sewer project along San Marnan Drive.   When it’s finished, the project will…read more »

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