County delays public filing

of dust-control applications

Jackson County residents who want to apply dust control to their portion of gravel road must wait another week to apply.

County Engineer Clark Schloz said dust-control permit applications will first be available May 22. 

He noted that some chemicals used for dust control attract moisture and could deteriorate road conditions worse in area’s that he described as “moist and too soft” from recent precipitation.

Pick up a dust-control application at the engineer’s office at the Jackson County Courthouse, 201 W. Platt St., Maquoketa.

The county does not apply dust-control to its gravel roads. Residents may apply it at their own cost. The county approved magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, glycerine, lignin sulfonate and calcium lignosulfonate for dust control.

The dust control season is May 1 through Sept. 30. 

Graduation ceremonies noted

Celebrate Midland High School’s annual graduation ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday in the black gym in Wyoming.

Bellevue High School commencement starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in the school gym.

Commencement exercises at Marquette High School in Bellevue will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue.

Calamus-Wheatland Community High School will honor graduating seniors at 2 p.m. at the activity center next to the secondary building, located at 110 E. Park Road in Wheatland. The public is invited to attend, and the doors will open at 1 p.m.

Central DeWitt High School’s commencement exercise will begin at 3 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The doors will open at 2 p.m., and the public is encouraged to attend.

Northeast High School will hold its commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. at the high school gymnasium. Doors will open at 1 p.m.

Vote for your favorite classic film to be shown at the library

When was the last time you saw a classic movie, one of those unforgettable ones that you always remember? “The African Queen?” “Farewell to Arms?” 

Join the Friends of the Maquoketa Public Library watching one old classic movie a month between June and November. 

But first, which movies would you like to see again? Stop in at the library now to cast your ballot for six choices. (Movie choices offered are those covered by the licenses the library holds permission to show.) 

The Friends will tally your votes to see which classics are your favorites and the top vote totals will be the winners. Votes can be submitted anytime between now and the end of May; see the display with the ballot box at the library. 

At the end of May, we will tally all your votes and announce the winning showings. 

Winning classic movies will be shown for free with popcorn and memories on the third Monday night of each month, June through November. Stop in and cast your ballot today.

DNR investigated manure spill from rural Charlotte dairy

On April 24, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources investigated a complaint about manure overflowing north of Charlotte, about 15 miles northwest of Clinton.

The DNR found evidence that manure had overflowed from a concrete storage structure at D&D Dairy, running overland to a small tributary of Bear Creek. The owner, Darryl Banowetz, said the overflow began on April 22. He said he had built an earthen berm to retain it. DNR field tests showed elevated levels of ammonia in the creek.

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

DNR asks the public to promptly report spills and fish kills to the 24-hour spill line at 515-725-8694. Those responsible for a spill must report spills to DNR within six hours of discovery or occurrence.