The fireworks are over, but nature put on a show Sunday night with a fireball visible over a very large part of the Midwest. The American Meteor Society said it has received more than 240 reports from nine states about the event. The reports allowed the society to estimate the track of the meteor from north of Des Moines running southeast just across the river into Illinois. Multiple claimed to have seen the meteor break into pieces, which would indicate flight deeper into the atmosphere. The event qualified as a fireball, which the AMS defines on its website as a “very bright meteor, generally brighter than magnitude -4,” or about the same as when Venus appears as the morning or evening star.
With D Street in Oskaloosa under construction since mid-May, Public Works Director Akhilesh Pal said the large project is slated for a finish by the end of the calendar year with some landscaping next spring. D Street construction is a $2.9 million project slated to take 135 working days that includes underground utilities: electric, sewer, and water mains. Pal said the goal is to complete the paving operation by the end of this calendar year. Extreme heat and early rain have affected the timeline of the project a bit, but workers are trying their best to finish as close to on schedule as possible.