Author Archives: Mark Morris

Waterloo Public Works Mgr. to Discuss Potential Regional Sewage Plant

The Waterloo City Council gave its unanimous support last(Mon) night to a $220,000 contract with Vieth Construction of Cedar Falls for a series of drainage improvements.   The affected areas are on Martin Road, Donald Street, Cardinal Drive and Linbud Lane, and the money to pay for them will come from the city’s storm-water fees.   The…Read more »

Eastern Iowa Men Accused of Killing Three Pets

A man has been accused of using an ax to kill two dogs belonging to a relative in Winneshiek County.  Court records say 21-year-old Douglas Usgaard is charged with two counts of animal torture. The records say Usgaard killed a labradoodle and a Shi Tzu-bichon mix on Saturday at a Decorah home where he was…Read more »

Taxpayer-Supported Iowa Insurance Panel Overspending: A-P

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Board members of an obscure Iowa government insurance program have spent tens of thousands of dollars in public money traveling to out-of-state resorts for meetings. A review by The Associated Press finds that directors of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool hold two meetings annually at posh locations such as Florida…Read more »

Blairstown Soldier Killed in WW II to Return to Eastern Iowa

Officials say the remains of a World War II soldier found in present-day Papua, New Guinea, will be returned to Blairstown for burial. The Iowa National Guard says Pvt. Laurel Ebert was last seen Nov. 26, 1942, when he and eight other soldiers went on a mission to silence a Japanese machine gun. The 27-year-old…Read more »

Breaking News…..Chief Trelka Announces Retirement

Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka is retiring, effective November 30th.   He’s lead the department since May of 2010. The 56-year old former Marine made the announcement today(Mon), saying he’s been thinking about it for the past month or two. Trelka says he and his family will stay in Waterloo and he’ll continue serving on the…Read more »

Hiawatha PD Seeks Witnesses to Saturday Night Shooting on Pirie Drive

Hiawatha Police are looking for anyone who potentially witnessed a shooting over the weekend. Around 9:20 Saturday night, officers responded to the parking lot of 265 Pirie Drive for a report of shots fired.  Officers did not find any victims at the location, but police believe people from two different groups fired shots. While officers…Read more »

Waterloo Council to Pave Way for Drainage Improvements, CF Council to Consider Housing Development Near New H.S. Site

The Waterloo City Council will be asked tonight(Mon) to approve a contract with a Cedar Falls company to improve drainage at four different locations. Vieth Construction submitted a nearly $220,000 bid for the job, the lowest of four bids the city received, and about $120,000 less than the engineers’ estimate for the project, which will…Read more »