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City of Johnston announces construction on 70th Avenue

An image with an aerial view of Johnston detailing the section of 70th avenue. Traffic will have to flow through 62nd avenue.

Nick Irwin, Online Editor

April 11, 2018

Starting April 16, 70th Avenue will be closed due to construction. An email from the City of Johnston announced plans to work on construction on 70th Avenue. The construction area will be Peckman to 86th Street. The detour route will be from 86th Street to NW 100th Street. Local traffic in the...

Former teacher Dustin Mead sentenced

Former teacher Dustin Mead (center) listens in on advice from his attorneys, Guy Cook (left) and Adam Zenor (right). Mead's sentencing was held April 9 at 8:15 a.m.

Nick Irwin, Online Editor

April 9, 2018

Former teacher Dustin Mead plead guilty to harassment in the first degree, a lesser charge taken from an Alford plea deal that reduced the charges from sexual abuse in the third degree and sexual exploitation by a school employee March 26. The sentencing was conducted April 9 at 8:15 a.m. Mead was...

Former teacher Dustin Mead pleads guilty to harassment charges

Mead watches a varsity boys' soccer game against Des Moines Lincoln in 2015.

Nick Irwin, Online Editor

March 26, 2018

Former teacher Dustin Mead's attorneys submitted an Alford plea regarding the charges of harassment in the first degree. "I plead guilty," The court documents read. "There have been no promises or threats to get me to plead guilty." Mead was charged with sexual abuse in the third degree, a class C...

Former teacher Dustin Mead’s trial scheduled for March 26

Mead watches a varsity boys' soccer game against Des Moines Lincoln in 2015.

Nick Irwin and Megan Walker

March 5, 2018

It has been over a year since former teacher Dustin Mead was put on administrative leave for allegations he sexually assaulted one or more students during the 2015-16 school year. After the trial was continued twice, the case is set to be heard 9 a.m. March 26 at the Polk County Courthouse. After being placed on paid administrative leave beginning Jan. 18, 2017, the sc...


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Nick Irwin, Online Editor

January 17, 2018

Even though the Flobots have been producing music for the past thirteen years, they seem to have only found success in 2007's Fight with Tools, the group's debut album. Handlebars was the first single of Fight With Tools. Handlebars has a composition mirror's the duality presented in story told...

The new walls of Wallace Elementary

The new walls of Wallace Elementary

Gretchen Lagerblade, Staff Writer

January 4, 2018

As high school and middle school students are getting settled in their new schools Stahl Construction is working hard for the students of Wallace Elementary to be in theirs. The gutting of the middle school started in June as soon as the middle school moved to the old high school. “At one point it...