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Stonecypher Resigns as Britt Administrator and Clerk Today

Stonecypher Resigns as Britt Administrator and Clerk Today

The City Council of Britt has accepted the resignation of its new City Administrator/City Clerk. Tony Stonecypher began in his position about three months ago, but after being in the position during that time, he felt it was not a good fit. Britt has combined both positions and Stonecypher has never really been in a

Forest City Airport

Electrical Vault Issues at the Forest City Airport

Airport Manager Dick Trimble led the discussion regarding the Runway 9-27 Edge Lighting Project for the airport. Airport Commission members Tim Abrams and Erik Hertzer were present at the meeting, as was Clapsaddle-Garber Engineer Michael Bearden. Trimble reported on the cause of the electrical vault issues. The recommendation would be to replace the existing airfield

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Ellenbecker Evidence Thrown Out

Judge DeDra Schroeder, who is the judge in the arson and theft case against Thaddeus Ellenbecker, a former Forest City Police Officer, has excluded evidence from his trial. Schroeder was asked to reconsider her original ruling on excluding the evidence. Instead she reaffirmed the decisions. Schroeder suppressed confessions made by Ellenbecker to investigators in October of

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Opening Statements Made in Rayhons Case

A former Iowa lawmaker’s attorney says there’s no forensic evidence proving his client had sex with his wife at a Garner nursing home on the day alleged by prosecutors. A jury was empaneled on Thursday and the sex abuse trial began for 78-year-old Henry Rayhons, who served nine terms as a Republican state representative. Defense

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Grassley Announces Extended Deadline for Applications for Iowa Veterans Fellowship Program

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today announced an extended deadline, now April 15, for a new fellowship program in his state offices for Iowans with recent military service.  Grassley encourages these veterans to consider and apply for the program. “This program will help these veterans gain experience working with the public and providing constituent services,”

Belmond Bridges

More Bridge Work Near Belmond

Belmond finished one major bridge construction this fall. Two more are on the scheduled. Yet another is between Goodell and Klemme on Highway 69. The bridgework is scheduled to begin on April 20th and should last into October. It is a bridge replacement project that is intended to handle larger amounts of weight over the

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Trenary Appointed Financial Reporting Manager at Winnebago

Winnebago Industries, Inc.  announced Samara Trenary, CPA, has joined the Company as Financial Reporting Manager. In her new position, Trenary is responsible for the preparation of SEC and internal financial documents. Trenary, 31, has joined Winnebago with nine years of accounting and auditing experience, having most recently served as an Accounting Analyst III for LG&E

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USDA to Issue Disaster Assistance to Help Honeybee, Livestock and Farm-Raised Fish Producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to

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