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RAGBRAI Visits Washington

Posted: Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 6:29 am


Photos by Sally Y. Hart

RAGBRAI has passed through 780 Iowa towns since 1973 when it began and Friday night Washington hosted the thousands of cyclists for the annual bike ride.

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Ribbon-Cutting for New Cabins at Lake Darling Coming Soon

Posted: Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 6:28 am

The new four-season cabins at Lake Darling are almost ready, so the Friends of Lake Darling are planning a ribbon-cutting.

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Lake Darling Youth Center to Replace Main Lodge Counter Top

Posted: Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 6:25 am

The Lake Darling Youth Center was in need of replacing the counter top in their main lodge, and got some help from the Washington County Riverboat Foundation.

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Unemployment Rates Increase in June Locally

Posted: Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 6:24 am

Unemployment rates in the KCII-listening area increased from May to June.

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Southeast Iowa Drought Conditions Lessen

Posted: Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 6:23 am

Southeast Iowa’s drought conditions have lessened over the last week.

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Riverside City Council to Discuss Resignation

Posted: Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am

The Riverside City Council will be meeting Monday to discuss several topics including the resignation of Kevin Engel from the water and wastewater department.

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Grassley Weighs in on General Election

Posted: Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 6:22 am


Sen. Charles Grassley (R) speaks at the Washington County Courthouse Thursday. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

In three months the general election to name the next President of the United States will be held and at his recent town hall meeting in Washington Senator Charles Grassley weighed in.

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Ak-Sar-Ben Deadline Approaching

Posted: Saturday, July 30th, 2016 at 6:20 am

The Washington County Fair concluded last Friday and now students are looking ahead to other livestock competitions.

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BREAKING NEWS: Rollover Near Highland School

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 2:55 pm

At around 2p.m. Friday afternoon local officials responded to the report of a vehicle rollover north of Highland School in rural Washington County.

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Washington Page

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Jaime Carpenter with the Washington Chamber of Commerce about the Gallery Walk and RAGBRAI.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking with 2003 Mid-Prairie graduate and Iowa Ambassadors of Music Choir director Luke Johnson about the choir’s viral video.

RAGBRAI Makes Its Way to Washington

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 6:29 am

Thousands of bicyclists are making their way to Washington today from Ottumwa.

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Polls Open Tuesday for Washington YMCA Special Election

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 6:28 am

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for the special election bond decision for the YMCA project in Washington.

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Local Law Enforcement Aiding with RAGBRAI

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 6:25 am

With RAGBRAI coming through Washington County, local law enforcement is preparing to log some overtime to make sure things stay safe.

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Corn in Southeast Iowa Ahead of Five-Year Average

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 6:23 am

Due to frequent rains only four days were suitable for field work for farmers in Iowa last week, but the heat and humidity has sped up crop development according to the most recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Grassley Visits Washington County as Part of 99 County Tour

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 6:23 am


Sen. Charles Grassley meets with constituents at the Washington County Courthouse Thursday. Photo by Sally Y. Hart

Republican Senator Charles Grassley visited Washington County as part of his 99 county tour Thursday afternoon.

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Columbus Junction Begins Final Preparations For RAGBRAI

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2016 at 6:22 am

RAGBRAI will be entering Columbus Junction tomorrow, and organizer Brooklyn Milder said things are coming together.

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Five Farm Buildings Catch Fire Near Kalona

Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Wednesday night at 10:55 p.m., emergency crews responded to a multiple-building fire near Kalona.

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Washington Page

Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

On this edition of the Washington Page, KCII News speaks with Washington City Administrator Brent Hinson about the financial aspects of the bond referendum regarding $3 million in bonds for the new YMCA building. We also spoke with YMCA Director Becky Harkema about the project itself.

In Touch with Southeast Iowa

Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

On today’s In Touch with Southeast Iowa, we’re talking to Wooden Wheel Vineyards owner Mike Vincent about being a RAGBRAI stop.