Jason Parrott

Southeast Iowa Correspondent

Jason is the Southeast Iowa News Correspondent. He established Tri States Public Radio's news bureau in Keokuk in September 2003.  The bureau has moved from his apartment to the Hotel Iowa before landing in its current location at the Daily Gate City newspaper at 1016 Main.  Jason provides short- and long-form news coverage from southeast Iowa, northeast Missouri, and portions of west-central Illinois. Jason covers multiple governmental boards including the Keokuk City Council, the Lee County Board of Supervisors and the Burlington School Board. Jason was born in Burlington, IA and grew up in neighboring Henderson County before graduating from Monmouth High School.  He graduated from WIU in 2002 with Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and History.  While in Macomb, he was a member of the WIU Track & Field team, serving as Captain during his senior year. Jason received his Master’s Degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield in 2003. He and his wife Jamie, a middle school teacher, have called Quincy home since 2007.  They have three dogs (Howie, Sunny and Sadie) and they volunteer with the Quincy Humane Society. During Jason’s free time, he enjoys watching sports, spending time with friends, playing fantasy football and traveling to the Lake of the Ozarks with his wife.

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Rental Space Possible
10:57 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Montrose Could Buy Buildings

Park Ridge Workshop in Montrose, IA

Montrose residents are being asked to help the city make a big, financial decision.

The city is interested in purchasing Park Ridge Workshop for $100,000.  The three-building complex was previously used for light industrial work.

Mayor Bobby Reid says Montrose owns the land, but an individual owns the buildings.

He says the city could use about 1/3 of the 30,000 square feet of available space for city offices, a maintenance shop and possibly a community center.

The remaining space could be rented out for commercial or industrial use.

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Residents Say Before Election Day
7:17 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Fertilizer Plant Meeting Likely

Lee County now knows some of the concerns residents have about the production plant Iowa Fertilizer Company plans to build near Wever.

Lori Beckert lives between Wever and Fort Madison.  She attended the Lee County Board of Supervisors meeting on Oct. 2 for one reason.

Beckert asked the board for a special meeting in Wever about the fertilizer plant so residents and future neighbors can get answers to their questions.

The supervisors said they wanted to see a list of questions/topics for the meeting before they would set a time/date/location.

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Emphasis - Oct. 5
10:30 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Agriculture Education

Dr. Wendy Wintersteen is the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.
  • Dr. Wendy Wintersteen Emphasis

Jason Parrott’s guest on Emphasis is Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, who is the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University.   They talk about the past, present and future of agriculture education.

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More Discussion Expected
8:44 am
Fri October 5, 2012

No Decision on Keokuk Pig

Bacon the miniature pot-bellied pig.

The Keokuk City Council says it needs more information before deciding what type of animal can be considered a pet.

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Observation Tower Next Step
8:32 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Canton, MO Opens Trail

Canton, MO wants to take advantage of its proximity to the Mississippi River.

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