A truck-pedestrian accident just before midnight Monday has killed a Mt. Pleasant man. Troopers say 42-year-old Michael Mills was lying partially on Oakland Mills Road a mile south of Mt. Pleasant when struck by a pickup truck driven by 17-year-old Caleb Davis of Mt. Pleasant. The accident is under investigation.

 

United Way of Muscatine has met the requirements to be designated a Blue Zones Worksite. The employer fulfilled Blue Zones Worksite designation criteria as outlined at bluezonesproject.com, including the registration and engagement of more than 25 percent of the employees. Shane Orr of United Way of Muscatine says one of United Way’s focus areas is community health, so participating in the process was a natural fit. Muscatine is one of 19 Blue Zones Project demonstration sites in Iowa.

 

The Cedar County Fair in Tipton kicks off today. The fair runs through Sunday.

 

The Iowa Army National Guard has introduced two new models of aircraft at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Davenport. They are the Iowa National Guard’s newest helicopters: the upgraded Chinook and the Lakota. Built by Boeing since the early 1960s, the latest Chinook features a new digital cockpit and enhanced communications and navigation equipment. The Lakota is the military version of the civilian Eurocopter multi-mission helicopter, used worldwide for emergency medical transportation, search and rescue, law enforcement and corporate transport.

 

People are checking a farm field drive west of Solon, waiting to see if the feature attraction will show. The Iowa DNR says a snow white deer has appeared most evenings for the last two weeks. At times, a dozen people stand looking at the top of a hill 200 yards away. The mature deer -- without antlers and presumed to be a doe — sometimes stays a couple minutes. Other evenings, she grazes in the hayfield for an hour. Wildlife biologists stake the odds of an albino deer at 1 in 100,000 or more.

 

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