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Despite weather that makes it hard to make plans more than a day in advance, some 750 newspaper professionals and journalism students found their way safely to the Marriott in downtown Des Moines last week for the Iowa Newspaper Association's Convention and Trade Show. It is the largest state press convention in the U.S., and this was a particularly good one in terms of content and connections. more
Feb. 15, 1979: The newly formed Long Grove Lions Club received its charter during a special banquet at St. Ann’s Center, rural Long Grove.  District Gov. Noel Olson of Calamus presented the charter to club president Dan Nagle, president, Jon McCubbin, treasurer, and Spencer Johnson, secretary. more
The people who work at the U.S. Postal Service's Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) for the Rock Island region, which is located south of the Quad City International Airport in Moline, told us that last week was the first business day in 38 years that mail did not leave that facility to go to area post offices. Not just one day, but two. more
Even the coldest, snowiest January in history ends familiarly. more
Congratulations! You survived the late January deep freeze. If you hadn’t, you wouldn’t be reading this. more
Feb. 2, 1994: William Cusack retired as Scott County Treasurer after 17 years of service. Bill Fennelly, who then was serving as chairman of the Scott County Supervisors, announced that he would seek the treasurer’s post. more
I'm giving my "Impressions" space this week to Dr. Michael Bugeja – a friend of The North Scott Press and a friend of journalism everywhere. Dr. Bugeja is a professor and former director of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. Under his dynamic leadership, journalism at Iowa State earned national recognition. more
I had to double check my notes from Saturday’s state legislative forum. more
Jan. 28, 2004: With an upset victory over Bettendorf, the North Scott High School boys’ basketball team soared to the top of the state rankings. more
Medical students must take the Hippocratic Oath: "First, do no harm," before becoming doctors. more
It’s been almost two months since my wife told me I should do a story on Juuling, and while I usually try to be more attentive to her suggestions, this one got put on the back burner. more
My heart sank when I saw The Des Moines Register published the name and jail mug shot of a North Scott seventh-grader on its front page last week. more
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