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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.

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.

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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.

After sitting abandoned for 10 years, local officials announced the Knoxville Veterans Administration campus is now owned and controlled by the local government.

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

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

DES MOINES — Despite a minor glitch with some of their microphones, Iowa legislative leaders were loud and clear about their priorities as they opened the 2020 legislative session on Monday.

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OTTUMWA — Driving in snowy and icy conditions can be intimidating, but emergency responders said it doesn’t have to be.

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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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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).

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

FULTON, Ill. — Selfies fill Josh Hill’s Facebook page. Like viral memes, the images are all alike: Men and women wearing Uphill Battle T-shirts or sweatshirts bend their left legs behind them.

OTTUMWA — Tony Floden, John Deere operations project manager, and Lincoln Addis, Junior Achievement volunteer classroom coordinator are gearing up for the 26th annual Junior Achievement Snow Bowl.

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KNOXVILLE — An Eddyville man will be under government supervision for the rest of his life after being convicted of third-degree sexual abuse.

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OTTUMWA — The Bridge City Slam II Wrestling Show and Legends Fan Fest at Bridge View Center Saturday night was packed to the brim.

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OTTUMWA — Every bleacher in the Evans Middle School gym was packed with families gathered to watch the Elks’ Annual Hoop Shoot Free Throw Contest.

OTTUMWA — Officials with the Iowa State Extension and Outreach are encouraging farmers to spend a bit of time in the first weeks of the new year making sure their financial records are up to date.

It’s the first weekend of the new year, and there are several ways to spend it, ranging from winter survival to events at Bridge View Center. Take a look:

OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Police and Wapello County Sheriff’s Department started off the new year by asking county supervisors for funds to build more workstations in their shared law center.

FAIRFIELD — Although Parsons College closed back in the early 1970s its history is still alive.

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OTTUMWA — The summer brought warmer weather and new projects for Ottumwa. The streetscape began and the airport runway work continued. Here’s a look at the summer months for 2019 in the Ottumwa area.

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OTTUMWA — The weather finally warmed up in the second quarter of 2019 as a bitter winter lost its grip. Spring brought new opportunities and new challenges in southeast Iowa, as the region dealt with both man-made and natural obstacles. Here’s a look back at this past spring.

The final weekend of 2019 is upon us. While many groups carve out time this season for a break, there are still plenty of things happening for those who want a chance to get out of the house.

OSKALOOSA – Even in death, a local man has touched the lives of many, just by saying yes to one question, “do you want to be an organ donor?”

The appeal of a Udell man that he was unlawfully searched as a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by police did not sway the Iowa Appeals Court.

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OTTUMWA — The trial of an Ottumwa woman whom authorities say killed her daughter has been rescheduled for next March.

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills requested $50,000 to go toward their health simulation lab. Different organizations and county supervisors were able to fulfill that request with organizations contributing $22,500 and County Supervisors planning to give $27,500 by mid-January.

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OTTUMWA — The first recommendations from the governor’s Empower Rural Iowa initiative are in, and one of the people who helped prepare the report said she believes it will help Ottumwa.

EDDYVILLE — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig visited the Indian Hills bioprocessing technology center Monday to speak about the future of the agricultural economy.

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OTTUMWA — Prom is months away. The one that will benefit from this year’s Winter Festival is even further. But students are thinking ahead.

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OTTUMWA — Santa didn’t just want people to have a holly jolly interaction with him; he wanted pets to have their share.

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OTTUMWA — In the freezing Food Bank of Iowa warehouse, a small crowd gathered. Then all of a sudden, by the dozens, a forklift dropped more 8,400 pounds of pork loin, all packaged up.

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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…