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The state of Iowa reported a person in Des Moines County died from the novel coronavirus. The state said the person was age 61 – 80.

Des Moines County Approves ATV/UTV Use

Oct 5, 2018

All-terrain vehicles (ATV) and similar four-wheel utility vehicles can now be driven legally on gravel roads in Des Moines County. The County Board cast the final vote, this week, in support of the new rule.

Burlington Breaks Ground on "The Turf"

Jul 25, 2018
Jason Parrott / TSPR

Supporters are confident that construction of a new indoor sports complex in Burlington will help the region capitalize on the popularity of traveling youth sports teams. They broke ground on the facility this week, drawing a crowd of nearly 200 people, including many kids who will eventually play there.

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A man was able to walk away, Wednesday morning, from a grain bin accident in rural Des Moines County.


Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers said she is withdrawing her nominating papers and will not run for a second term.  She made the announcement in a news release issued Monday.


Des Moines County continues to inch closer to building a brand new indoor sports complex. Just what that complex will look like remains to be seen.

The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office said the deaths of three people in a home near Danville are being treated as a double murder/suicide.

Former Burlington Alderman Out on Bond

Jun 9, 2015
Des Moines County Corrections

Chris King, 41, was released from the Des Moines County Jail after posting bond Monday afternoon. King was arrested in early May on several counts including sexual abuse, indecent exposure and providing alcohol to minors.

Candidates: Des Moines County Board of Supervisors

Nov 3, 2014

The candidates for an open seat on the Des Moines County Board of Supervisors have different goals for the office.

Des Moines County Attorney Changing Truancy Policy

Sep 4, 2014
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The Des Moines County Attorney's Office is changing its policies regarding truancy cases with the hope of convincing more students to regularly attend school.

Des Moines County Conservation Adding Land

Jul 26, 2014

The Des Moines County Conservation Department hopes its newest addition will provide more recreational opportunities for residents.

Veterans' Memorial Underway in Des Moines County

Jul 15, 2014

The committee behind a new veterans’ memorial in Des Moines County is working on a tight timeline.

SE Iowa Tax Sales Bring in Investors

Jun 20, 2014

Des Moines and Lee Counties were able to recover plenty of late property taxes thanks to their recent tax sales.  The sales are held the third Monday in June each year. 

Danville Station

It has taken longer than expected to raise the money needed for a new museum in Des Moines county. But the fundraising effort is picking up steam.

Flint River Trail: Archeological Study

Jun 18, 2014

The exact route for a 20-mile hiking/biking trail being built through Des Moines County is still being determined.

"Jail Diversion" Plan Proceeds in SE Iowa

Mar 11, 2014

Two southeast Iowa counties are trying to insure that inmates receive the proper services while incarcerated.

DMC Attorney Moves to New Office

Feb 27, 2014

One Des Moines County department is now operating out of its new home, the former US Bank building in downtown Burlington.

Lower Raises for DMC Elected Leaders

Feb 12, 2014

Des Moines County's elected leaders will not be receiving the types of pay hikes they might have been anticipating in the upcoming fiscal year.

Des Moines County Trail Progressing

Feb 10, 2014

A hiking and biking trail is proceeding, slowly but surely, in Des Moines County.

Public Survey in Des Moines County

Dec 1, 2013

Des Moines County residents can now weigh in on how their property tax dollars are being spent by the county.

Des Moines County Borrowing $1.5-Million

Nov 21, 2013

Des Moines County is moving ahead with some long overdue projects and purchases.

Buying Building a Challenge for Burlington

Aug 28, 2013
City of Burlington

Questions have begun to surface as to whether the city of Burlington will be able to move ahead with plans to relocate its police department on its own.

Joint Law Enforcement Talks Resurface

May 25, 2013

The talk of a joint law enforcement center in Burlington is starting to rekindle.

Lee, Des Moines Counties Support Test

Mar 28, 2013

It appears recruiting local government is the next step for a workforce program in Iowa.

Des Moines County to Auction Properties

Mar 18, 2013

Des Moines County is selling some of the properties it acquired after the Flood of 2008.

Burlington Fee Could Hurt Neighbors

Feb 21, 2013

A proposal to help Burlington’s budget could have a negative impact on its neighbors.

Initial Offers to Des Moines County

Dec 30, 2012

Some Des Moines County employees are looking for significant pay hikes in their next employment contracts.

Voting Underway in Southeast Iowa

Sep 27, 2012

Southeast Iowa voters who do not want to wait for Election Day have started casting their ballots.  There are no restrictions on who can vote early.

Des Moines County Conservation Turns 50

Jun 7, 2012

Des Moines County Conservation is honoring its past by looking to the future.  The agency is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Director Kim Perlstein says Des Moines County Conservation has eight full-time employees who oversee about 1,500 acres of public property.  Two key pieces are Starr’s Cave Nature Center and Big Hollow Recreation Area.

Des Moines County to Maintain Services

Jun 4, 2012

The decision by the Iowa Legislature to revamp the state’s mental health care system has counties struggling to determine their role in the new landscape.

The state will pay for Medicaid-related services, which means counties will receive less in reimbursements.

In response, Des Moines County established waiting lists for a wide variety of services. 

CPC Administrator Ken Hyndman says the idea was to reduce spending in case the county’s budget runs short without certain state reimbursements.