The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri last year killed 161 people, injured nearly one-thousand and destroyed a quarter of the city.
A nurse who helped care for the injured says frequent drills and revisions to response plans saved lives.
Marilyn Welling works at St. John's Hospital. She said the city was preparing for a disaster drill when the tornado struck in May.
She said, “If you do drill and you have your command center, you have a plan in place that tries to be as comprehensive as possible, you can prepare. It will make a difference.”
Lee County is being asked to help enhance rural recycling opportunities.
The Great River Regional Waste Authority has about a dozen community trailers located throughout the county, including two in Donnellson.
That city is looking to switch to a curbside recycling program, which would prevent rural residents from dropping off their recyclables.
General Manager Wade Hamm says the authority is asking the county to hire a hauler to transport all of its trailers to the Fort Madison facility.
The Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission is working on a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for its region: Des Moines, Henry, Lee & Louisa Counties.
Executive Director Mike Norris says the goal is to create a single plan for housing, economic development, transportation and infrastructure.
He says the commission received more than 300 online surveys and conducted another 60 interviews as part of the public input phase.
The Des Moines County Board of Supervisors appears willing to help one of the county’s largest employers.
Representatives of Great River Medical Center have approached the county about issuing $60-million in bonds on the hospital’s behalf.
The money being borrowed would be split between the construction of a new building and to refinance some of the hospital’s previous debt.
The Klein Center nursing facility will have about 160 bed, which is an increase compared to the current structure.
Western Hall on the Western Illinois University campus was filled over the weekend with farm machinery, toy tractors, and row after row of display booths.
The occasion was the largest student-run farm expo in the nation. The Agriculture-Mechanization Show is organized by members of WIU's Ag-Mech Club.
President Mike Hoener said the businesses represented at the expo came from as close by as Illinois, Iowa and Missouri and from as far away as Ohio, Nebraska and the Dakotas.