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Derecho in June brings most traffic to Gate City website | Daily Gate City – Keokuk, Iowa

As 2023 continued to roll along into the second quarter, April to June, plenty of news stories impacted the Keokuk and surrounding areas. Here’s a few we likely all remember.

Lee County Conservation dedicated it’s newest public property along Valley Road. Several gathered for the dedication at the John C. Clark Reserve.

The family of John H. Clark wanted a way to preserve about 163 acres of property along the Des Moines River west of Keokuk, and in such decided to donate the land to Lee County Conservation.

LCC Director Heather Huebner said the process began before she came on board as the director. She said the donation makes a great wildlife refuge available for the citizens of Lee County to explore.

“It should provide great educational opportunities for our naturalist,” she said.

There could be a time in the near future where students would be able to take a trip there and learn about the natural wetlands.

In a press release from conservation, the department states the property provides an outstanding habitat for all types of wildlife species ranging from the monarch butterfly to migratory birds to even reptiles and amphibians.

“It is our hope that not only the public will enjoy this beautiful piece of land, but that it can be used to educate our local groups and conservationists alike,” the release says.” The article read.

A dog breeder near West Point ran afoul of the USDA again.

A Lee County dog breeding business has seen its license suspended by the United States Department of Agriculture for 21 days.

“Steve Kruse, who operates Stonehenge Kennels at 2345 Highway 16 near West Point was notified by the USDA of the suspension on March 30 by a letter from the department.

“Our evidence reveals that, between March 7, 2023 and

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