A BLAZE OF TROUBLE: A two-day spree of fires took two lives and tested many Eastern Iowa firefighters last week. The deaths occurred near Salem where a mobile home exploded. Two people were injured in an apartment building fire in Dubuque. In Wyoming, a home burned to the ground and two fire trucks responding slid into the ditch because of icy gravel roads near the fire scene. Another fire broke out in Bellevue — at the fire station. Then to Independence, where a warehouse was destroyed. Finally, in Marengo, a house fire did serious damage.
DOG RACING STALEMATE: Greyhounds still race at casino tracks in Council Bluffs and Dubuque even though gambler interest has greatly waned and betting is just a small fraction of what it was two decades ago. The two track owners have offered the state a $70 million buyout to end the races, but Iowa legislators turned it down last week, worried about protecting the greyhound industry in Iowa. This ol’ dog needs to be retired.
FISH KILLS: The latest bad news related to our long, severe winter: Many serious fish kills are expected in ponds and lakes around Iowa. Deep snow over thick ice has cut down penetration of sunlight, which reduced the oxygen produced by aquatic plants that fish need to survive. As the ice melts, the extent of the fish loss will be revealed. Not likely pretty.Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 398-8262