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Fertilizer Spill Thursday In Allison

ALLISON – The DNR is investigating a fertilizer spill that occurred Thursday in the Butler County seat of Allison.

 An employee of the Farmers Cooperative in Allison was pulling a tank of 32 percent liquid nitrogen fertilizer when a seam on the tank failed. About 800 gallons of the fertilizer spilled on a city street. Without reporting the spill to the DNR, employees decided to wash the spilled liquid into a storm sewer.

 The DNR was notified Friday, 26 hours after the spill. DNR staff advised coop to flush the storm sewer with water and pump up the mix of water and fertilizer, to prevent additional fertilizer from reaching a nearby stream. They were also asked to soak up liquids standing on the street.

 When the DNR staff arrived Friday afternoon, they found dead minnows for about one-half mile downstream of the storm sewer. Initial water sampling over the eight-mile stretch of stream to the West Fork of Cedar River showed elevated levels of ammonia in spots, but ammonia levels dropped significantly over the next three days. By Monday afternoon, no additional dead fish had been found.

 Saturday the DNR staff asked the coop to build a dam across a drainage ditch south of Allison to collect additional contaminated water. By early Monday afternoon, the coop had recovered about 42,000 gallons of the water-fertilizer mix.

 The DNR will continue to monitor the cleanup and consider appropriate enforcement actions.



Iowa Northern Railroad has been essential in the development of the Butler Logistics Park near Shell Rock. Click here for a photo sequence of development at the facility. (provided by INRR)



Emerald Door Inn Expands...

The Emerald Door Inn, Allison's Motel on Highway 3, is nearing completion of a new addition to the motel complex. The new 2-level structure will add capacity on the upper and lower levels for transient motel patrons and the upper level features one larger unit which has the potential for longer term rental.

Randy and Joan Moad of Allison are the owner/operators of Emerald Door Inn.




Allison Rescue Truck For Sale

The City of Allison has a 1992 Chevy 3500 4 X 4 rescue truck for sale.   It has 11,300 miles on it,  a 454 V8 engine, automatic transmission, dual rear wheels, manual windows & locks, no AC, utility box with sealed aluminum storage doors, lights in the box & storage, stainless steel wheel covers, and dual batteries.  The minimum bid we will take for the truck is $7,500.00.  We are taking bids until August 1, 2014.  The bids will be opened at our regular council meeting on August 11, 2014 @ 5:15 p.m.  Bids may be sent to Allison City Hall, 410 North Main, P.O. Box 647, Allison, Iowa  50602.  You may call with any questions to 319-267-2245.  The truck may be seen outside the Emergency Services Building @ 1002 7th Street in Allison. 



Open House Held In Logistics Park...

Members of the Butler County Economic Development Board are shown while taking a tour of the AMCOL Blending Facility  in the Butler Logistics Park on Highway 3 West of  Shell Rock.

The tour was held for visitors during the open house held Wednesday, June 18.

BCED Board members pictured are Roger Kregel (partially hidden on the left), Nancy Jensen and Duane Harms.

This facility blends additives for the metalcasting industry.

(photo by jap)



Main Street Facelift...

This building located on 4th and Main in downtown Allison, (commonly known as the old laundromat), continues to get a major facelift as workers finish up installing new siding to go with the new overhang and the complete remake of the front windows and entrance. Other improvements begun late last year include a new rear walk-up and exterior balcony giving access to the second story apartments.

(Photo by jap)










Laura Green Has Winning Lottery Ticket


DES MOINES, Iowa – A northern Iowa woman said she had no idea her winning lottery ticket was worth $10,000 until she had it verified at a local convenience store.

Laura Green of Clarksville thought she might have won big playing the Iowa Lottery’s new “$100,000 Mega Crossword” instant-scratch game, but she didn’t know for sure.

In the end, Green claimed the first of 25 prizes of $10,000 in the new game. She purchased her winning ticket Saturday at Express Mart, 205 N. Main St. in Clarksville.

“I kept thinking, ‘Well, there’s got to be a winner here somewhere, but I couldn’t figure it out,’” Green said. “I was about to give up when I looked down at the bottom and thought, ‘OK so maybe it’s a little more.’ And then I looked and thought, ‘$10,000?’”

The 47-year-old said she handed her scratch ticket to her husband, Kurt, and her son to double-check that she had won big, but they had trouble confirming it.

“They checked it and re-checked it and then re-checked it and we still weren’t sure,” Green told lottery employees as she claimed her prize Monday at the lottery’s regional office in Mason City. “So we had to take it to the store before getting our hopes up.”

Green, who is a nurse’s aide, said she was relieved to found out that she had won a big lottery prize and plans to use her winnings to pay bills.

The $100,000 Mega Crossword scratch game is a $10 ticket. Players win a prize by uncovering at least four complete words in one or both of the ticket’s puzzles. Players can also win a prize by uncovering a “bonus word” in the playing area. If a player uncovers six complete “red” words, he/she wins $100,000. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are 1 in 3.29.

Eleven top prizes of $100,000 are still up for grabs in $100,000 Mega Crossword, as well as 23 prizes of $10,000, 122 prizes of $1,000 and thousands of prizes of $500, $200 and $100.




Audit of City of Allison Released

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Gift Certificates available for Camping at Wilder Park
Have friends or relatives that enjoy camping? Then consider a camping gift certificate at beautiful Wilder Park at Allison. The cost per night of camping is $12.00. In addition to 52 spacious campsites; campers may enjoy 18 holes Frisbee golf, miniature golf, walking and bike trails, fishing ponds, three shelter houses, an enhance playground, tether ball, sand volleyball, a giant chess/checker board, wildflower prairies, shower house, dump station , entertainment center and eight tent camping sites. Wilder Park is one of a very few campgrounds that has extreme storm shelters. The gift certificates are available at Allison City Hall, 319-267-2245.



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Red Cross Blood

Drives Scheduled


Friday, August 8

2 to 6 p.m.

 Elm Springs Independent & Assisted Living

900 W 7th St.


 Thursday August 14

1 to 6 p.m.

Community Center

202 W South St.



Registration Underway for Fall Classes at Hawkeye Community College.
Classes Begin the Week of August 25


 Boone & Scenic

Valley Railroad

2014 Train Ride Schedule

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