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Clayotn Ridge School Board News

GUTTENBERG, Iowa (AP) — The Clayton Ridge school board has approved design plans for a new $10 million facility.

Officials say plans include tearing down an old school building and gym to make way for a new building. It would include four locker rooms, a weight room, wrestling room and a food service area.

The building, which was built in 1903, currently houses some elementary classrooms, offices and storage space.

The district plans to hold two public forums to explain the planned project, but those dates haven't been scheduled yet.

Three Men Charged for Using Counterfeit Bills

Three men have been arrested after using counterfeit bills. Dyersville Police were notified Thursday afternoon that the suspects were passing counterfeit money at local businesses. The responding officer was able to identify the vehicle and individuals, who were from Clayton County. The officer contacted the Clayton County Sheriff's Office, and deputies located the vehicle and its occupants. A search warrant was executed at a Guttenberg residence, where authorities found counterfeit money along with narcotics. Authorities arrested 31-year-old Ryan Murphy, 24-year-old Levi Wilker and 20-year-old Justice DJ Krambeer, all of Guttenberg, on Class “D” Felony Forgery charges. The investigation continues and additional charges are pending.

Authorities Called to Three Vehicle Crash North of Delaware

Two people were injured in a three vehicle crash north of Delhi Tuesday evening. According to the state patrol, 14-year-old Cole Willenbring, of Earlville, was northbound on Highway 38 when he lost control and crossed the center line. Willenbring's vehicle sideswiped a southbound vehicle driven by 46-year-old Shane Burbridge of Manchester, then spun and collided head-on with another southbound vehicle, driven by 23-year-old Richard Milroy of Monticello. Willenbring and Burbridge were taken to Regional Medical Center for treatment. That crash happened at 6:16 p.m. Wednesday. It remains under investigation.

Two Injured in Highway 20 Crash     

Two people were injured in a crash Wednesday afternoon on Highway 20 in Delaware  County. According to the state patrol, 26-year-old Anne Pentland of Iowa City  was westbound when she attempted to turn south onto X47. She failed to yield at  the intersection and was struck by an eastbound vehicle, driven by 47-year-old  Michael Hanson of Cedar Falls. Pentland was taken to Mercy in Dubuque, while  Hanson was taken to Mercy-Dyersville for treatment. That crash happened at 2:06  p.m. on Wednesday.

Legislative News

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Lawmakers in the Republican-majority Iowa House have granted committee approval to a small funding increase for schools, but leaders in the Democratic-controlled Senate say they want to provide more dollars. The House education committee approved an increase in school funding for the upcoming year. The legislation would provide an increase of $35 million in general support for K through 12 public schools.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Iowa Department of Education says school districts seeking permission to start classes early must prove that academic achievement is at risk. The department sent the new guidelines to school districts this week. The guidelines say districts must show students would be affected in a "negative and significant manner" if classes start during the week of September 1st.

Dubuque Council Votes to Open 3 More Parks to Sledding

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dubuque now has five city properties that can people can use for sledding, skiing and snowboarding.

The City Council voted Tuesday night to allow the snow fun at three more city parks: Gay, Usha and Valentine.

The council had voted Jan. 5 to limit sledding to just Bunker Hill Golf Course and Allison-Henderson Park.
That decision sparked a public protest in which dozens of people turned out to sled at a local school.

Officials approved the sledding restrictions out of concern the city could be liable for injured sledders.
Other Midwest cities have lost multimillion-dollar lawsuits filed by people who were severely injured in sledding accidents.

Authorities Identify Victim in Linn County Crash

Authorities have identified the victim in Tuesday's crash near Central City. According to the Linn County Sheriff's Office, 56-year-old Rosemary Eiben, of Central City, lost control at the intersection of Sawyer Road and Duck Pond Road. Her vehicle went into the ditch and flipped, coming to rest on a frozen pond. Eiben was pronounced dead at the scene. That crash happened around 5:25 a.m. Tuesday east of Central City.

Fire Destroys Epworth Residence Owned by Divine Word Seminary

Fire has destroyed a residence owned by Divine Word Seminary in Epworth. Fire crews were called to 112 1st Avenue Southwest late Monday morning for a fire inside the residence. Officials say it damaged wiring in the ceiling area. Electricity was shut off and the occupants were housed in other locations as a precaution. The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and fire fighters were called back to the residence at one o'clock this morning to find the building fully engulfed. It is considered a total loss, with damage estimated at $150,000. The cause of that fire is under investigation.


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