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Iowa State University president Dr. Wendy Wintersteen paid a compliment to Scott County ISU Extension director Becky Bray in a talk at North Scott Rotary on April 12: "The good ones make it look easy." more
Scott County Supervisors seem to be using a red-tipped cane to cautiously navigate paths well worn by just about every local government in Iowa. more
April 26, 1979: In their first trip to the state jazz band competition, the North Scott Jazz Band, directed by Dan Anderson, brought home a Class A state championship. Several musicians won individual honors. Kevin Halstead was selected as one of the four top musicians in the state. Alan Goldis received an honorable mention. Outstanding solo awards went to Jim Williams, Rob Medd, Craig Welsh, George Shreves and Roger Gilbert. more
This was supposed to be about ISU president Wendy Wintersteen's inspirational talk at North Scott Rotary last Friday. But then the news arrived Saturday afternoon that former Eldridge hardware store owner and mayor, Larry Rauch, died, and a change of plans was required. more
Everybody seems to love the Special Olympics, and that fact once again played out in living color on a bright, crisp Saturday morning at North Scott’s Lancer Stadium. more
If I was Century Electric owner Aaron Griesenbeck, I’d be mighty honked off this week. more
April 16, 2014: The North Scott School Board began exploring the possibility of adding an athletic field house and training center to the high school’s assets. NS activities director Jason Schroeder was given permission to form an exploratory committee after he presented a list of needs compiled by the high school activity coaches. more
There is no shortage of issues this week, but there is a shortage of space, despite that we dedicated four pages to opinions, including the two views of socialism on the opposite page. "Socialism" is a word that is tossed about freely by politicians, but what do they mean? These essays do not sum up all the available opinions on the subject, but I believe they do give us at least one point of reference as we sort these things out. more
My mother didn’t teach my brother and me how to cook. My wife, Sherry, believes that was a mistake. So Sherry made sure she taught our daughter and three sons how to cook, and she also taught me. But that didn’t always go well. more
April 6, 1994: Mercy and St. Luke’s hospitals in Davenport combined and became Genesis Health System. St. Luke’s became Genesis Medical Center East, and Mercy was renamed Genesis Medical Center West. more
One of the uplifting things in my life since 2008 has been serving with the positive people on the Iowa Public TV Foundation Board, a group which raises funds and advocates for statewide Iowa Public Television. more
With the slowly rising waters of the mighty Mississippi as a meandering backdrop, I stood atop the railroad tracks in Princeton and looked out over the scene  playing out in front of me. more
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