The Ottumwa Courier

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December 26, 2013

2013 Year in Review


Ottumwa Regional Health Center announced it was closing its day care. The decision worried parents who had used the center and sparked efforts to expand day care access in Ottumwa.

The city’s newest affordable housing complex opened.

The Today Show spotlighted Ottumwa as part of a series on immigration and how it affects communities nationwide.


The American Gothic House’s Easter egg roll was forced inside as rain continued.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources restocked the pond at Ottumwa Park with trout. Anglers were waiting, rods in hand, and hoping the trout were hungry after their trip.

Two people were killed when a train struck a van at Batavia.

John Deere employees spent part of the day at Evans Middle School in a program designed to help bring girls into engineering careers. It was one of several efforts in recent years to draw more girls into science and technology fields.

Ottumwa’s City Council debated whether to change the rules governing the city administrator’s job security. The move shifted the required number of votes to fire an administrator from three, a bare majority of the council, to four members.

El Rancho Grande, a popular Mexican restaurant in downtown Ottumwa, burned. Investigators blamed the fire on an electrical fault.

A wet spring delayed planting for area farmers, creating frustration after the drought in 2012 hurt the yields from their previous year.

Multiple locations in downtown Ottumwa lost power, including City Hall. The outage wasn’t long-lived or particularly damaging, but the reason was unusual. Officials blamed it on a curious rodent who got into the wrong place.

Rains went from a nuisance to a threat as the Des Moines River approached flood stage. A single night brought several inches, tipping the balance. The rain washed out several spots in Wapello County, most spectacularly 90th Street.

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