Steve Lukan Appointed as Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday announced the appointment of Steve Lukan as Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs executive director.  Most recently, Lukan served as director of the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy.  He replaces Jodi Tymeson, who announced her retirement last month. Lukan is a former state representative, serving Iowa House District 32 from 2003-12. From 2008-12, he assisted in guiding the House Republican Caucus as assistant leader.  During Lukan’s time in the Iowa House, he also chaired the House Economic Development Appropriations Committee, championed the creation of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and enacted legislation to help disabled veterans through establishment of the Veterans Trust Fund.  Lukan, who served in the Navy for four years, says he is humbled and honored to serve the brave men and women in the armed forces.  Lukan’s appointment is effective immediately.  Dale Woolery will serve as interim director of the Office of Drug Control Policy.

Iowa Gaming Commission Rejects Cedar Rapids Casino Plan

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A state gaming commission has again rejected proposals for a casino in Cedar Rapids. The 3-2 vote Thursday reflected the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission's running concerns that a new facility would hurt profits at existing Iowa casinos — particularly those surrounding Iowa's second-largest city.

The decision came during a meeting in Dubuque, where members discussed the merits of three proposals. Two of the proposals came from Cedar Rapids Development Group.

They included a plan for a $196 million Cedar Crossing development on the west side of the Cedar River and a smaller, $106 million casino in downtown Cedar Rapids. The third proposal from Wild Rose Entertainment would have built a smaller $42 million "boutique" casino downtown. The commission also rejected a casino proposal for Cedar Rapids in 2014.

One Killed in Crash at Farley

One person was killed in a crash at Farley Wednesday evening.  Authorities say a westbound work truck exited Highway 20 at the Farley ramp and the car following failed to slow in time and collided with the work truck.  The driver of the car, who was not identified, was transported to Mercy in Dubuque and was pronounced dead.  The names of those involved will be released later today.  That crash occurred around 5:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Western Dubuque Community School District Facility Committee Meeting Notes

The Western Dubuque Community School District Facility Planning Committee met this morning.  The first items discussed was WDHS Athletic Boosters proposal to construct a new free-standing building to be located on the northside of the Drexler MS property.  The purpose would be to house batting cages for off-season baseball/softball workouts, as well as use by the middle school wrestling program.  The committee is open to discussing the possibilities at a future date, but do not feel the timing is the best given the various possible solutions.  They also discussed the enrollment analysis provided by RSP & Associates.  The next step will be to engage a consultant to perform an educational capacity analysis to study current buildings, grade configurations and enrollments, primarily on the north side of the district to address issues at the Farley campus. Administration will be gathering info and proposals to begin that analysis process and will bring a recommendation back to the Facility Committee in the coming weeks.

2017 Municipal Election Results (Contested Races) * indicates winner

Dyersville Mayor –

*Jim Heavens – 817 votes
AlvinHaas – 323 votes

Cascade Mayor –

*Greg Staner – 187
Marcus Behnken – 162

Cascade Public Measure B (Should the current 3 member Municipal Utilities Board be changed to 5 member board)
*Issues with wording on the ballot – majority of council and utilities board urged a “no vote”, citing potential issues if approved.

Yes– 127
No– 269

Epworth Council – (Elect 3)

*Karen Conrad – 150
*Robbie Hosch – 147
*Daniel Wilgenbusch – 137
Alison Gibbs – 68
Marty Horsfield – 65

Delaware County Communities (Colesburg, Delaware, Delhi, Dundee, Earlville, Greeley, Hopkinton, Manchester, Masonville, Ryan and unincorporated/rural area of Delaware County) asked to re-establishthe 1% Local Option Sales and Service Tax from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2029.

*All communities and unincorporated/rural area approved that measure, with each having a unique language as to how that money will be spent.

Manchester Council At-Large (Elect 1)

*Ronald Struble – 198
DougHawker – 174

Delhi Council – (Elect 3) *Unofficial results

(I)Shawn Wilson – 110
(I)Rick Bojorquez – 111
*Susan Luensmann – 132
Sherri Noonan – 85
Rosanne Downs – 114
Craig Davis – 106

Anamosa Mayor –

*(I)Dale Barnes – 370
Mike Dearborn – 237
Bill Feldmann – 44

Anamosa Council – (Elect 3)

*(I)John Machart – 388
*(I)Rodney Smith – 334
Galen Capron –304
Jim Miner –308
*Kay Smith – 365

Monticello Council Ward 2 –

*(I)Johnny Russ – 38
William Meyer – 5

Dyersville Council Approves Fireworks Sales

TheDyersville City Council has approved an ordinance that will allow forthe sales of consumer fireworks. Those sales could take place in thecity's C-2 Commercial District, provided the fireworks companies getapproval from the Board of Adjustment.

Iowa Woman Accused of Stabbing Former Husband to Death 

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — A 32-year-old woman has been accused of stabbing to death her former husband in northeast Iowa. Hillary Hunziker is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Jason Hunziker at his home northwest of Independence. Online records say she remained in custody Tuesday. Court records don't list an attorney who could comment for Hillary Hunziker. A criminal complaint says a child called 911 early Monday morning and said, "My mom just stabbed my dad." That was followed by a call from Jason Hunziker, who said his wife had stabbed him. The complaint says the arriving deputies soon found Jason Hunziker dead in the home. The complaint says Hillary Hunziker and a child were found a short time later in Robins and says Hillary Hunziker admitted stabbing her ex-husband.

Kansas Officers Bring Special Gift to Fallen Officer's Son

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) — Police officers from around the country continue to reach out to support a fallen Iowa officer's son.  Anamosa police Officer Mitch Kelchen died in a car crash over Labor Day weekend while off duty.  After his death, Kelchen's oldest son, Shane, collected business cards from other officers.  But someone at his school destroyed the cards.  Since then, police departments have sent Shane more than 10,000 cards.  Officers from Kansas City, Kansas, got involved and presented a special gift to the family Friday in Bellevue.  They gave him two frames full of more than 150 business cards, including one of Mitch Kelchen's cards.  Shane's mom, Tina Kelchen, says the support her family has received since her husband's death has been more than she expected.

Car Crashed into Building in Cascade

A man who crashed his vehicle into a parked car and then a building in Cascade has been arrested.  It happened around 10 p.m. Monday.  Authorities says 27-year-old Cody Finzel of Cascade was westbound on 1st Ave when he lost control of his car, which struck a parked vehicle and then the building at 105 1st Ave.  That building has a floral shop on the first floor and apartments on the second floor.  Five people living in the building were evacuated due to the extensive damage.  Finzel is charged with operating while intoxicated, illegal possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deaths of a Dyersville Couple Found Unresponsive at Their Home not Considered Suspicious

Authorities say no foul play is suspected in the deaths of a Dyersville couple.  36-year-old Robert Walker and his wife, 36-year-old Kelly Walker,were found unresponsive in their home on Second St. NE around 10:40p.m. Saturday.  Both were pronounced dead at the scene.  Their bodies were sent to the State Medical Examiners office for autopsies.

Fatal Accident in Delaware County

One person was killed in crash in Delaware County Wednesday evening.  The state patrol says a pickup was eastbound on 210th Street in Masonville when it left the roadway.  The pickup struck and drove through a barn and then struck a tree where it came to rest.  The name of the victim was being withheld pending notification of family. That crash occurred just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Farley City Council Discusses Noise Ordinance Request, No Action Taken

The Farley City Council this week considered a request to adopt a noise ordinance.  The council reviewed recommendations from two cities and expressed concern regarding enforcement, noting the city would need to purchase equipment that has a history of being unreliable.  The council felt the request was isolated to one individual and does not represent the needs of the community.  It was a consensus of the council not to take action at this time.  If additional complaints or recommendations are received, the council will reconsider.

Dyersville Council Forum (Mayor candidates)

A Dyersville Mayoral and City Council forum was held Monday night.  Mayoral Candidate Jim Heavens talked about his decision to run again.

The other Mayoral Candidate, Al Haas, also participated in the forum and talked about his decision to run again.

This is the third time they will run against each other. Heavens won the 2013 election, while Haas defeated him in the 2015 election.

Council Candidates

A Dyersville Mayoral and City Council forum was held Monday night.  Ward 3 Incumbent Mike Oberbroeckling, who is running un-opposed, talked about working to continue improved the city.

Tom Westhoff, who is running un-opposed for the At-Large seat currently held by Mark Wagner, talked about his decision to run for city council.

Jim Gibbs, who is the lone candidate in Ward 1, says he is running for council to give back to the community.

Municipal elections take place November 7th.

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Girls Basketball Scores 11/21

Beckman 48, Independence 11

Cascade 64, NE Goose Lake 21

Western Dubuque 76, South Tama 47

Monticello 46, Bellevue 42

Maq. Valley 63, East Buchanan 44

Ed-Co 43, Cal-Wheatland 33

Waterloo East 70. West Delaware 51

Anamosa 53, Clear Creek-Amana 26

Iowa Girls High School Preseason Basketball Rankings

Class 1A

1. Springville
2. Kingsley-Pierson
3. Central Decatur
13. Bellevue Marquette

Class 2A

1. North Linn
2. Iowa City Regina
3. Treynor
7. Bellevue
11. Cascade
12.Maquoketa Valley'

Class 3A

1. Sioux Center
2. Crestwood
3. Clear Lake
13. Monticello

Class 4A

1. Marion
2. Lewis Central
3. Center Point-Urbana
9. Western Dubuque


1. Cedar Falls'
2. Indianola
3. Iowa City West

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