OTTUMWA — Despite the strong wind and icy conditions, the ninth annual “25 Men Who Can Cook” event made the trek to Bridge View Saturday ready to please hundreds of appetites.

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FAIRFIELD — Pete Buttigieg will return to the area as he campaigns for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination with two stops in the area.

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OTTUMWA — Barricades blocked off several side streets leading to Evans Middle School Friday as class was dismissed around noon, an hour earlier than the scheduled dismissal time.

OTTUMWA — City council members have been advised to reject 10-15 Transit’s bid to take over Ottumwa Transit, maintaining services as they currently exist.

ELDON — The Cardinal school district has been proactive in letting students know about the mental health resources available, especially since Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill that creates and funds the state’s children’s mental health system.

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OTTUMWA — It would be easy to make assumptions about Courtney Reyes’ story. She knows it, too. There are several that would seemingly fit. Small town to big city. Misfit to success. Tropes that have been made into scores of plots for film, television and books.

OTTUMWA — An Albia woman faces a charge of attempted murder after authorities accused her of cooperating with a plan to kill an Ottumwa man.

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OTTUMWA — Tracey Menninga knew that, for some, the knock against Ottumwa Christian School was always that it wasn’t an accredited school. That’s no longer the case, and she couldn’t be happier about it.

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OTTUMWA — Local business owners will have the opportunity to win $28,000 in Main Street Iowa’s Open 4 Business Contest.

SEYMOUR — Two years, 10 months and nine days ago the community began picking up the pieces of an EF-2 tornado that impacted the lone school building in Seymour. On Wednesday, the culmination of the efforts that followed the devastating 2017 tornado were presented to that same community.

OTTUMWA — Dr. Jill Biden, wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, will be in southeast Iowa this weekend on behalf of her husband’s caucus campaign.

As the temperatures drop this weekend, activities are picking up. There’s a full slate of events at Bridge View Center this weekend, plus opportunities to help keep yourself or your pet a bit safer.

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Police Department and the Humane Society collaborated Wednesday to host a training on recognizing animal cruelty.

OTTUMWA — Visitors to Ottumwa High School will no longer be able to directly enter the building beginning next week.

OTTUMWA — A Davis County woman accused by prosecutors of neglect and child endangerment has waived her right to a jury trial.

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OTTUMWA — Two finalists for the vacant city administrator’s position have been named. Joseph Gaa and Phillip Rath will be formally interviewed by the city later this month.

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OTTUMWA — A proposal by 10-15 Transit to take over operation of Ottumwa’s municipal transit system is in the hands of the city council following presentations from that organization and Ottumwa Transit.

OTTUMWA — Meteorologist Kenny Podrazik from the National Weather Service said southeast Iowans are going to face winter weather again starting later this week

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa school district said Tuesday a student faces discipline after bringing a knife to Evans Middle School.

OTTUMWA — Long-running discussions on pay for county officials came back to the county supervisors Tuesday.

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OTTUMWA — School officials hope to have a better sense of what the long-term options for the district’s buildings are sometime this spring.

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OTTUMWA — It sounds simple enough. Stairways are already an incline, so why can’t they be converted to ramps in an emergency to speed evacuation of people in wheelchairs?

OTTUMWA — Sen. Amy Klobuchar made an argument in favor of electability on Friday, telling an Ottumwa audience she has shown she can win in tough environments.

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OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) wants to promote Ottumwa as “the place to be for conferences.” They got a helping hand Friday from residents who volunteered for a promotional video.

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OTTUMWA — Ottumwa is declaring a snow emergency in advance of Friday and Saturday’s winter weather.

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OTTUMWA — The way Jay Allison sees it, public transportation isn’t the city’s main focus. It is for 10-15 Transit. So he and the 10-15 Transit board are proposing that the operation take over Ottumwa’s bus system.

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OTTUMWA — The former Agassiz Elementary school could have a second act as new apartments under a plan that has city support. Developer Jim Danaher said the building’s unique architecture was part of what made him consider the project.

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ALBIA — Everyone has different personalities, gifts and talents. Music therapist Morgan Henderson knows that well, which is why she wanted to have an opportunity to showcase it in her community.

FAIRFIELD — The ability to create with different art media lives on in the Fairfield community, especially in the Fairfield Art Association (FAA).

DES MOINES — The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a rate increase by Alliant Energy, but the split decision did not allow the company’s full increase and had sharp criticisms for the company.

There are a wide variety of events going on this weekend, ranging from community promotions to arena rock, agriculture and exploring past life experiences.

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DES MOINES — The Iowa Court of Appeals has rejected a Wapello County man’s claim a 25-year sentence for first-degree robbery was cruel and unusual because of his age.

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OTTUMWA — The weekend forecast is coming into focus as the weather prepares for a sharp turn away from Thursday’s record warmth.

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OTTUMWA — A Wapello County man received a 25-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

OTTUMWA — Tax season is just around the corner. Many may dread the time, but Wapello County Naturalist Annette Wittrock said it can be a time to make a difference for birds, butterflies, frogs, turtles and many other animals.

OTTUMWA — The schedule for vetting the city administrator candidates and access for the public looks much the same now as it was when a tentative schedule was laid out by City Attorney Joni Keith several weeks ago.

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OTTUMWA [mdash]Phyllis Mae Woods, 78, of Ottumwa, passed at 5:30 p.m. January 15, 2020 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. She was born May 20, 1941 in Bloomfield to Dick and Hilda Marie Zumwalt Saner. She married Richard Link on December 24, 1959, they later divorced and he prec…

OTTUMWA [mdash]Connie J. Solomon, 73, of Ottumwa, died January 15, 2020 at Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa. She was born January 1, 1947 in Ottumwa to Eugene and Bernadine Walker Solomon. Connie completed the Airplane Mechanics course at Indian Hills Community College and retired as a hairsty…

AGENCY [mdash]Jack Brewer, 80, of Agency, died at 5:37 p.m. January 15, 2020 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center. He was born February 14, 1939 in Ottumwa to Harold "Jinks" and Viola M. "Judy" Christy Brewer. Jack married Kay Bird. A 1957 graduate of Agency High School, Jack was a mechanic all…