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The organization that owns the land where the former Unitarian Church in Keokuk once stood is now suing the company that tore down the church in December.

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Questions about the future of the former Unitarian Church in Keokuk were settled Wednesday morning when the operator of a large, yellow backhoe started crunching the building's brick exterior with a giant metal claw. The city said a clean demolition was the most feasible option, compared to trying to salvage aspects of the more than 125-year-old structure.

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The city of Keokuk said Wednesday afternoon that the demolition of the former Unitarian Church would get underway as soon as the firm hired to tear down the building is ready. This comes roughly 48 hours after a judge dissolved the temporary injunction blocking the demolition of the vacant, run-down church at the corner of 4th and High Streets.

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The future of the former Unitarian Church in Keokuk has been a topic of conversation amongst the city council for years. The time for talk came to an end Thursday night.

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The future of the former Unitarian Church in Keokuk has been a topic of conversation for years. Will it be demolished or restored to its previous glory? A judge ruled Tuesday afternoon that whatever the future holds, a decision must be made soon given the condition of the building at 428 N. 4th St.

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

The members of the group that removed windows from a vacant Keokuk church in August will not be penalized for their actions.

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The city of Keokuk has received more of the windows removed from a former church this summer.

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The people behind an effort to restore a former church in Keokuk now face jail time for allegedly failing to abide by a judge's ruling.

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No more windows will be removed from a former church in Keokuk.

A former church in Lee County has made the list of Iowa’s most endangered properties.

The Keokuk City Council does not want to drop a lawsuit filed in March 2011 over the condition of a former church.