There were some frightening moments for some workers in Muscatine County on Friday morning when there was an explosion at a power plant. It happened at about 11:30 at the Central Iowa Power Cooperative — better known as CIPCO — on Highway 22 near Montpelier. An explosion in a boiler forced evacuation of the plant for a time. But there were no injuries, and a fire was confined to the boiler room.


It’s been a little over one month that Matt Shook has been on the job, and he had to hit the ground running. Shook was hired April 1st to replace Jeff Carter, who retired, as Muscatine County’s emergency management director. Then, thanks to heavy rains, flooding hit the county on April 17th. During a recent interview, we asked Shook about his background.


The West Liberty Chamber of Commerce is celebrating. The chamber has received a $3,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Muscatine. The money will be used to offset expenses of the community’s 175th anniversary celebration.


Trinity Muscatine president and CEO James Hayes is extending his appreciation to the community for its tremendous support for the third annual Trinity Muscatine Community Health Fair. In a letter to the media, Hayes also says this year’s event would not have been possible without the hard work of the Trinity Muscatine Friends, staff and vendors.


The West Liberty High School Agriculture Department is having a plant sale. It takes place from 8 to 7 Thursday and Friday, 9 to 2 on Saturday and again May 13th through 16th, or until sold out. Vegetables, bedding plants and herbs are for sale at the high school greenhouse. For more information, phone Zach Morris at 319-627-2115, extension 5046.


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