County Government

Supervisor revisits Jackson County courthouse shooting

MAQUOKETA — The Jackson County supervisor who tackled the shooter in the courthouse yesterday says he did so to protect his friends.

Larry “Buck” Koos was at a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday when investigators say [...]

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Washington County attorney faces recommended $1,000 fine

WASHINGTON, Iowa — An administrative law judge has recommended Washington County Attorney Larry Brock pay a $1,000 fine for knowingly violating Iowa’s open records law.

“This penalty is based on respondent’s unre [...]

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Clayton County Courthouse preservation continues

ELKADER — The bell on the clock of the historic Clayton County Courthouse in Elkader should be ringing again sometime this fall.

The restoration of the clock is just one part of a larger courthouse project, which, when complete, cou [...]

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Food assistance for Iowa veterans varies by county

VINTON — Every year, thousands of Iowa veterans request food assistance from their county veterans affairs offices, but each county handles those requests differently.

Each month, a few veterans walk into Toni Parizek’s office, [...]

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Johnson County wants sales tax money for courthouse project

IOWA CITY — Johnson County voters will be asked for money on two different ballot issues this fall, and some officials want one of those to help with the other.

The county’s Board of Supervisors has asked area towns to conside [...]

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Johnson County Courthouse vote set for November

IOWA CITY — Johnson County voters will go to the polls Nov. 4 to decide the fate of a $30.8 million court building.

The county’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Thursday to set the election date and the ballot language [...]

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Assistant Linn County attorney fired after OWI arrest

CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden has fired a longtime attorney in his office who has been charged with drunken driving next door in Jones County.

Vander Sanden’s move comes before Jeff Clark, who has serv [...]

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Greene Square Park’s renovation set to begin in September

CEDAR RAPIDS — A final push is underway to raise a total $1.95 million to provide Greene Square Park with a face-lift worthy of its crucial downtown spot between the new Cedar Rapids Public Library and the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art.

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Johnson County attorney candidate passes bar exam

IOWA CITY — A recent law school graduate who is running for Johnson County attorney has passed the Iowa bar exam, clearing the way for him to practice law.

His level of experience remains a campaign issue, however.

John Zimmer [...]

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County officials renew efforts to protect roadside vegetation

Illegal mowing and cultivation are impairing the ability of Iowa's roadside ditches from fulfilling their capabilities as green infrastructure, according to state and county officials.

Encroachment of crops into public rights of way and mo [...]

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Linn Supervisor Barron calls State of the County address “bittersweet”

CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn Supervisor Lu Barron on Thursday gave the annual State of the County address, calling it a “bittersweet” moment as she prepares to the leave the job at the end of the year after 18 years in office.

Ab [...]

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Monroe Villas project on hold

CEDAR RAPIDS Significantly higher-than-expected construction bids have put on hold an ambitious plan to transform the shuttered Monroe Elementary School and grounds into 43 units of affordable housing.

Joe Lock, executive director of the A [...]

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