First Ward Alderman Mike O'Connor said the Keokuk City Council's decision to offer the job of city administrator to Aaron Burnett is a big deal for the city and its residents.  "I think we are giving the city and the people of Keokuk an early Christmas present," said O'Connor.

Keokuk appears to be on the verge of having a city administrator after nearly a decade without one.

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Steve Bisenius admitted early on in his presentation to the Keokuk City Council that he would not be able to get into specifics about the businesses that are showing an interest in the city. But the head of the Lee County Economic Development Group (LCEDG) said they are out there and there is a lot of activity going on behind-the-scenes.

An out-of-court settlement between Keokuk and a former construction firm will resolve a construction dispute dating back several years. Mayor Tom Marion said paying John W. Sammons Construction $90,000 could prevent a larger payout down the road.

Keokuk Alderwoman Susan Dunek pledged to bring up the idea of hiring a a city administrator until something happens.  She said the city council would be foolish to just step back and do nothing.

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The City of Keokuk has ended its attempt to assume ownership of a vacant church.

The memorable collapse of the three-story building at 528 Main Street in downtown Keokuk happened July 31, 2009.  It had stood at the intersection of 6th and Main for more than 150 years.

One southeast Iowa mayor says legal action remains possible if Lee County chooses to consolidate county services.

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The Lee County Historical Society decided to offer something new this year as part of the annual Civil War Reenactment in Keokuk.

President Sue Olson said the organization also wanted to kick off the weekend festivities, thus the Cessation Celebration.

Keokuk says the location of a sewer leak slowed repairs, allowing more pollution into nearby waterways.

Chuck Mitchell

For 35 years a historic riverboat captain’s house in Keokuk has been sheltering a true veteran of the 1960’s folk music movement.

Keokuk will take its time when it comes to possibly implementing a franchise fee.

More winter weather appears to be in the forecast for two southeast Iowa cities that are examining their rules for snow and ice removal.

The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the 1st degree murder conviction handed down to a Keokuk man in 2012.

Tyler McGhghy

Sparse crowds did not stop the Democratic process from happening in Keokuk Tuesday night.