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Rescue took 90 minutes
Gregory R. Norfleet/West Branch Times
Farmer Cliff Bowie sat trapped inside a combine for more than 90 minutes before Alliant Energy arrived to shut off the power running through a line that fell on the machinery. West Branch Fire Department responded to South Maple Street and blocked off the area to keep people away from the downed line.

Kidnapping: Aunt gets 25 years
by Kevin Murphy, Special to the Times · News · October 31, 2014
MADISON, Wis. — A Colorado woman convicted of kidnapping her half-sister’s infant boy last February and leaving him in sub-zero weather at a West Branch gas station was sentenced Monday in federal court to 25 years in prison.

Live wire traps farmer
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · October 31, 2014
A farmer spent more than 90 minutes trapped inside a combine Oct. 23 when the machinery accidentally snagged a low wire and dragged a power pole on top of it.

250+ pack food for needy
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · October 31, 2014
More than 250 people pitched in to help package food for the West Branch Lions Club’s Hoover Hunger Project — a hundred more than requested — and work finished a half an hour ahead of schedule Saturday.

Quinn: ‘Even in death ... a unifying moment’
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · October 31, 2014
After describing the life of the 31st president and West Branch native, keynote speaker and president of the World Food Organization Kenneth Quinn said Herbert Hoover lived “with a heart filled with energy and empathy for 90 years.”

Nov. 4 referendums: The money side of parks votes
by Rick DeClue · News · October 31, 2014
The two Nov. 4 ballot initiatives in support of park improvements in West Branch are based on pretty simple math.
A proposed $4 million bond will be repaid by roughly half — or $1.8 million — coming from a 10-year extension of the one-cent Local Option Sales Tax, and the other half — about $2.25 million — by Tax Increment Financing.

Cedar County Treasurer race: Smith v Jedlicka
News · October 31, 2014
The Tipton Conservative posed several questions to Cedar County Treasurer candidates Gary Jedlicka and Barb Smith
in advance of the Nov. 4 election. The candidates were allowed to write as much as they wished.

Bears beat Sigourney-Keota to advance
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · October 30, 2014
Putting up massive yardage with a slew of big plays, including a 94-yard touchdown run by sophomore Luke Lenoch, West Branch drained the venom from the visiting Savage Cobras in the opening round of the state playoffs with a 49-22 win.
The Bears moved on to host Dike-New Hartford in the second round 7 p.m. Monday.

BREAKING: Aunt sentenced to 25 years for kidnapping nephew, leaving him in cold
by Kevin Murphy, Special to the Times · News · October 27, 2014
MADISON, Wis. — A Colorado woman convicted of kidnapping her half-sister’s infant boy last February and leaving him in sub-zero weather at a West Branch gas station was sentenced Monday in federal court to 25 years in prison.

WB library patrons use 41% more than others
by Gregory R. Norfleet · News · October 24, 2014
You like to read a lot.

73rd State House District race: Bobby Kaufmann v David Johnson
News · October 24, 2014
The West Branch Times invited the House District 73 candidates, Republican Bobby Kaufmann of Wilton and Democrat David Johnson of West Branch,
to answer four questions about why voters should pick them in the Nov. 4 election. Each was limited to 400 words.

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