34th Annual Bald Eagle Appreciation Days are on January 20th and 21st

Keokuk is the Winter Home of a large concentration of American Bald Eagles on the Mississippi River! Come inside the River City Mall to see wildlife exhibits, live raptors with the World Bird Sanctuary, the Iowa State Insect Zoo, the Tri-State Woodcarver’s Club Show, educational seminars, food & lots of interesting things to buy! Outdoors, along the riverfront, view eagles in their natural habitat with free spotting scopes manned by the Lee County Conservation Department personnel. A fun way to spend the weekend after the holidays! Free admission. Open to the general public.

Check out this webpage for more information about the exciting weekend full of great events!

 

3rd Annual No Shave November

Officers of the Keokuk Police Department participated in their 3rd Annual “No Shave November” Fundraiser.  Traditionally; officers have been allowed to have a mustache without any other facial hair.  With a donation to Stand Up To Cancer, they were able to grow facial hair during the month of November.  We will donate $700.00 to Stand Up To Cancer, in honor of the people in our community that have dealt with many types of cancer.

Stand Up To Cancer is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.

“This is where the end of cancer begins: when we unite in one unstoppable movement and Stand Up To Cancer.” http://www.standup2cancer.org/

WANT TO KNOW WHERE TO VOTE?

Just find your ward on the attached map and match it to the polling locations listed below by ward.

Locations are open 7am until 8pm

Keokuk Ward 1 – South Lee County Courthouse, 25 N. 7th St.
Keokuk Ward 2 – Heritage Center, 508 Main St.
Keokuk Ward 3 – Keokuk Art Center, 210 N. Fifth St.
Keokuk Ward 4 – Evangelical Free Church, 2315 S. 7th St.
Keokuk Ward 5 – Learning Center, 500 N. 20th St.
Keokuk Ward 6 – First Christian Church, 3476 Main St.
Keokuk Ward 7 – Keokuk Nazarene Church, 3119 Plank Road.

2017 Halloween First Stop

The Keokuk Police Department, through its Little Red Basket program, put on the annual Halloween First Stop at the River City Mall on October 31, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.  Funds from the Little Red Basket provided approximately $4,500.00 towards the purchase of candy.  Wal-Mart in Keokuk provided an additional $500.00 worth of candy; which brought the total dollar amount of candy handed out in 2016 to $5,000.

During First Stop, employees of the Keokuk Police Department, their families, and students from Konnections at the Keokuk High School, handed out candy to children from Keokuk and the surrounding area.

Special thanks to Officer Brad Johnson for organizing the event and to the students from Konnections for volunteering their time to help out.

Election Information for 2017

Nomination petitions and candidate affidavits are available at the Keokuk City Clerk’s office, 415 Blondeau Street.

Offices and terms for the November 7, 2017 election are as follows:

Mayor is two years and the following positions are four years: Councilperson at Large, First Ward, Third Ward, Fifth Ward and Seventh Ward.

The earliest date for filing petitions is Monday, August 28, 2017.

The latest date for filing petitions is Thursday, September 21, 2017 before 5:00 p.m. at the City Clerk’s office.

A candidate must be an eligible elector in the city and city ward (if any) at the time of filing nomination papers and at the time of the election.

An eligible elector meets all requirements to register to vote but does not have to be registered to vote.  An eligible elector must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a resident of Iowa, and
  • Be at least 18 years old.

A candidate for one of the Ward seats must live in the ward they intend to represent.

To be on the City Election ballot, a Mayoral candidate must have a minimum of 31 signatures on the nomination petition (recommend 100); Councilperson at Large must have a minimum of 37 signatures (recommend 75); Wards 1, 3, 5 and 7 must have a minimum of 10 signatures (recommend 25).  These figures are equal to two percent (2%) of the number of voters who voted for the respective offices in 2013 and 2015 with a minimum number of signatures being 10.  It is recommended that candidates obtain more than the required number of signatures.  This will help guard against invalid signatures causing a petition to have less than the required minimum.

To sign a candidate’s petition, a person must be eligible to register to vote; although not necessarily registered.  A person must be at least 18 years of age and live in the City if the candidate is running for Mayor or At Large.  To sign the petition of a ward candidate, a person must live in the ward that the candidate intends to represent.

A person may sign nomination petitions for candidates running for different positions.  A person may sign nomination petitions for more than one candidate for the same office, and the signature is not invalid solely because the person signed nomination petitions for one or more other candidates for that office.