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5:04 am
Sun March 19, 2006

Keokuk Continues to Look at Street Repairs

Keokuk, IA – The scope of Keokuk's proposed street repair program could take shape this week. Streets committee chairman, Gary Stepp, says the focus of his committee meeting, Thursday night, will be to start work on a priority repair lists. The city plans to borrow $3,000,000 million dollars, in the very near future, as part of a 12 year, $12,000,000 street repair and public works program. Each council member has been given a map highlighting the "wish-lists" of the previous city council, to review and revise as needed.

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6:06 am
Fri March 17, 2006

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WIUM Local
2:57 am
Fri March 17, 2006

Call for Broadband in Rural Areas

Mcomb, IL – A Congressional candidate says rural areas must have broadband access if they want to keep or attract business. Andrea Zinga says Institute for Rural Affairs studies show that half of all small businesses order products over the internet, and one-fourth sell over the 'net. Zinga says the institute has stated that broadband, high speed internet access can "level the playing field" between rural and small town business and urban businesses. Zinga faces Brian Gillaland and Jim Mowen on the Republican primary ballot.

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WIUM Local
1:40 am
Fri March 17, 2006

Keokuk to Test Warning Sirens More Often

Keokuk, IA – After some recent problemsn during a bout of severe weather, Keokuk will conduct more tests of its tornado sirens. Keokuk's warning sirens were activated, last weekend, after reports came in of a tornado being spotted just miles from the city. Fire Chief Mark Wessel says all four of the city's sirens came online, initially, and were working. Early on, though, two sets failed. He says his department is working to fix them. Wessel says the city will now run monthly tests of the outdoor warning system, to make sure this does not happen again.

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WIUM Local
1:34 am
Fri March 17, 2006

Bio-Diesel Plant on Schedule in Keokuk

Keokuk, IA – A much-anticipated bio-diesel plant in Keokuk appears to be on schedule for completion. Tri City Energy began work on its 5,000,000 gallon/year bio-diesel plant in early Janary. Sales Manager Al Moander says the facility in downtown Keokuk is on pace to be completed in August. He says the funding is in place for this first phase. Phases 2 and 3 consist of building a new 30,000,000 gallon/year plant and a soybean crushing facility along the Mississippi River. The total financial investment in the project will be nearly $50,000,000.

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