An important union vote took place Thursday in Muscatine. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 86D was scheduled to vote on a new contract offer from Muscatine's Grain Processing Corp. The 360-member union was locked out in 2008 and Union President Tony Newton said Thursday that the members will decide if the contract is something they wish to agree on and potentially put an end the lock out. More details will be released as they become available.

The Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Muscatine Community College are presenting the first of three public legislative forums from 9 to 10:30 this Saturday morning, February 2nd, in the MCC Student Center. Additional forums are set for March 2nd and April 6th.

The American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days fundraiser is under way. Prices range from $10 to $75 depending on the arrangement. Orders are needed by February 15th. The daffodils will be delivered the week of March 11th. To place an order, call Jo Ann Carlson at 563-262-8523.

 It’s a little cold for a dip. A 20-year-old Mason City man was uninjured Wednesday when the SUV he was driving went through the ice on Clear Lake in north central Iowa and was submerged. He was driving on the ice to ice fish when the vehicle broke through after hitting an ice seam. On January 24th, a 17-year-old was rescued after his car also broke through ice on Clear Lake and became partially submerged. He called for help on a cell phone.

The DNR says don't drive on ice – there are always going to be imperfections in the ice regardless of the weather conditions and how cold it is.



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