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OTTUMWA — For 49 years the Cornbelt Cow-Calf Conference (CCCC) has herded its way to Ottumwa. The two-day conference gives vendors an opportunity to sell their services and for producers and researchers to talk about farming techniques and agricultural-based topics and issues.

BLAKESBURG — Cheryl Talbert has a vision to renovate a former auto repair shop into the new Blakesburg library. Fulfilling this goal, she said, takes hard work and monetary assistance.

OTTUMWA — Don Lewis became the newest Wapello County Veterans Affairs Commissioner of five at the beginning of January. In his new role, he wants to do his part to help provide services to veterans and encourage Elks members to help veterans, too.

ELDON — Stress plays a big part in our lives. Cardinal Superintendent Joel Pedersen has seen the research on the impact it can have on teachers and decided to bring in a program to help combat it.

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OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Small Business Alliance (OSBA) has been growing since it started in October 2019. Now there are 114 businesses associated with the alliance. Founder Connie Hammersley-Wilson couldn’t be happier.

DES MOINES — A Wapello County man charged in federal court with transporting child pornography appears to have reached a plea bargain in the case.

OTTUMWA — Starting Feb 1, 2020 the Wapello County Treasurer’s office will require residents to complete a bill of sale when transferring vehicle titles between private parties and between family members.

OTTUMWA — County Engineer Jeff Skalberg said the secondary road department has been working hard to removing snow and ice from roads. They’ll be busy for a while.

OTTUMWA — Jacob Heckethorn will spend up to 52 years in prison after his convictions on charges of second-degree murder and assault with intent to commit serious injury.

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OTTUMWA — Despite the strong wind and icy conditions, the ninth annual “25 Men Who Can Cook” still drew a strong crowd.

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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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 — 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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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.

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.

OTTUMWA — A pair of incidents at the Wapello County Jail have resulted in additional charges for two inmates.

OTTUMWA — The federal prosecution of an Ottumwa man on weapons charges illustrates how communication can work between local authorities and federal prosecutors.

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PIONEER RIDGE — Liam Rainey was happy to see one of his favorite creatures in a photo at the Pioneer Ridge Nature Center when he arrived Monday afternoon. He didn’t have much chance of seeing one in person during the Winter Day Out event, but the photo was a good substitute.

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OTTUMWA — Looking back at the year always brings back moments you had forgotten about. There are probably a few in the Courier’s top 10 stories of the year.

OTTUMWA — The last quarter of 2019 brought many memorable moments for southeast Iowa as changes large and small shaped how one year ended and another would begin. From disputes over election ballots to the caucus campaigns, it was a busy end to the year for the Ottumwa area.

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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.

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OTTUMWA — The first three months of 2019 saw changes, new progress and old challenges. From new leaders to longtime favorites, Ottumwa saw a lot.

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.