Macomb, IL – A Cargill spokesman outlined his problems with statements in the book "Fast Food Nation" in an appearance at WIU. Mark Klein is director of communications for the firm which owns the Excel packing plant, among others. Klein praised the "tinge of outrage" and writing style of Eric Schlosser. However, he qestioned some of the statistics given, and said the book contained no new charges against the meatpacking industry. Klein says there's sometimes a tendency in the media to take a formulaic approach to an issue and to view an issue involving corporate America as "David v.
Fort Madison, IA – Fort Madison residents may soon pay more for city water. The city council has approved the first reading of a measure that would substantially increase the city's water rates. City Manager Bill Kelly says residential and commercial customers would see a monthly increase of about 24%, if approved. Industrial and wholesale water rates would also increase. Kelly says the city will have to replace the current water plant, in the near future, to keep up with the demand for service.
Keokuk, IA – Keokuk hopes to use the postal system to encourage former residents to return to Southeast Iowa. The "Come Home To Keokuk" marketing campaign targets 1,500 former residents and those who graduated from Keokuk's two high schools or SCC. They will each receive 4 different postcards, over the next few months, asking them to consider moving back to Keokuk. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Katie O'Brien, says the campaign targets younger adults looking to settle down.