Get out and have some fun! The Buchanan County ISU Extension and Outreach and the Buchanan County Master Gardeners are excited to announce a 2020 Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt! The Hunt will take place from Thursday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 20 and consists of 20 scarecrows displayed at…

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October will be an interesting and special month because Mars will be at its brightest and there will be two full Moons. The first full Moon will be on October 1, and since it is near the fall equinox, it is called the Harvest Moon. The full Moon always rises at sunset, and usually the Moon …

INDEPENDENCE – Independence Firefighters positioned themselves well this year for the annual MDA Fill The Boot. They raised almost $800 more this year to set a new record.

MASONVILLE – Volunteers who flocked to the Dennis and Barb Lindsay farm near Masonville last Saturday enjoyed a fine, almost-fall day to harvest butternut and acorn squash designated for area food pantries through the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo. This is the third year that the Lind…

WATERLOO – Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is a non-profit organization that serves 18 counties in Northeast Iowa. The mission of NEI3A is to empower older individuals to age with dignity and independence. NEI3A has a trusted reputation for providing unmatched knowledge about div…

Lois Martin Kidd will turn 90 on Tuesday, September 29.

HAZLETON – With clear skies and a slight breeze from the south, Sept. 19 was a beautiful day for the final Buchanan County Conservation monarch butterfly tagging event.

Did you hear the one about the first-grader on the first day of school who handed his teacher a note from his mother? The note read, “The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.”


INDEPENDENCE – Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day and the month of September is recognized as a time to make citizens aware of their voting rights and responsibilities.

INDEPENDENCE – The Independence Area Chamber of Commerce held the Third Annual Independence Rubber Duck Derby on Saturday, Sept. 26 after being postponed due to low river levels of the Wapsipinicon River and a constant breeze from the south.

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JESUP – In September 2019 Heartland Technology purchased a vacant building at 591 Young Street in Jesup. A partnership was formed between Farmers State Bank, the Jesup Community School District, and Heartland Technology to support the Jesup community through this multi-purpose facility.

INDEPENDENCE – The Independence Farmer’s Market continues to attract vendors with a variety of produce, crafts, canned goods, and homemade bakery items.

The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges in our daily lives. For some, these challenges have been remote working or helping kids with online learning, but for many Iowans, the stress and isolation of the pandemic have brought about a very different set of challenges.

INDEPENDENCE – On Saturday, September 19, about 75 walkers showed up to walk through Independence proclaiming peace, love, joy, and faith in our beloved United States of America.

The children of Alan and Judy (McLaren) Albrecht announce the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents. Alan and Judy Albrecht were married on September 27, 1980 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Independence.

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September is Life Insurance Awareness Month, and there is no better time than the present to make sure that finances are in order. In order to help with that, and since insurance is complicate…

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig commented last week on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The repor…

INDEPENDENCE – Mustangs volleyball enjoyed home cookin’ Tuesday as they were at home hosting WaMaC Conference foe, Vinton-Shellsburg.

LAPORTE CITY — The J-Hawks volleyball team suffered two losses Tuesday night when they traveled to La Porte City Union for a triangular with Union (14-3) and Columbus Catholic (12-7).

SPRINGVILLE – The East Buchanan volleyball team traveled to Springville to take on the Class 1A, 5th ranked Orioles in a Tri-Rivers West match-up.


INDEPENDENCE – As of Friday, September 4, the Iowa Public Health COVID-19 “dashboard” website ( reported 180 positive cases in Buchanan County, with 3,611 tests. Of the 180, 124 cases have recovered.

In an effort to further reduce the number of opioid-involved deaths in Iowa, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), in partnership with the Iowa Board of Pharmacy, is sponsoring a new initiative that makes NARCAN® 4mg nasal spray (naloxone) available for free at local pharmacies. Any i…

INDEPENDENCE – On March 24, Tai Burkhart of the Buchanan County Public Health (BCPH) announced the first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) had been confirmed for the county.

PARIS (AP) — A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. France’s…

This November, the Independence Bulletin Journal will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War I (The Great War). To help us present this crucial point in history, and celebrate those who served our great nation, we would like to extend an invitation to the Independence community.