The body of a Davenport financial advisor has been recovered and identified in Florida. Forty-nine-year-old Mark Polaschek had been missing since Friday after going out on a solo trip on his sailboat offshore of Key Largo. The U.S. Coast Guard found the body Monday. Polaschek’s identity was confirmed Wednesday using dental records. Polaschek, his wife and 6-year-old son were in Florida on vacation. Police say they found no obvious signs of foul play on board the boat.
Louisa County farmer Randall Orr won $5,000 and Columbus Junction Fire & Rescue and the Louisa County Fair Association will benefit. The money is from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, a program sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. It gives farmers the chance to win a $2,500 donation that’s directed to their favorite local nonprofit organization. In addition, farmers residing in counties declared disaster areas by the USDA, such as Louisa County, were able to double their donations for a total of $5,000. The fire department will use the donation to purchase equipment that allows firefighters to communicate while wearing an air pack inside a structure fire. The remaining funds will go toward a computer for the station. The fair association plans to use the donation to help defray the cost of the youth show at the fair.
Muscatine is looking for a new school superintendent. The Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency in Bettendorf is hiring Bill Decker as chief administrator beginning July 1st. He replaces Glenn Pelecky, who is retiring. The Muscatine School Board accepted Decker’s resignation. He was among 11 candidates recommended to the AEA Board.
Construction on Muscatine’s 6th Street between Cedar Street and Iowa Avenue and Iowa Avenue between 6th and 7th streets was recently postponed because of the weather. But it’s now set to begin on Monday, April 1st.
The city of West Liberty is starting monthly severe weather outdoor warning siren testing. The siren will be tested the first Monday morning of every month at 11. The siren is tested April through November during the severe weather season. If there is a chance of severe weather the day of testing, the siren will not be activated. Anytime Muscatine County Disaster Services issues a tornado warning for anywhere in Muscatine County, the siren will be activated in West Liberty.