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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
April 2, 2014: A group of Walcott residents began to work in earnest to raise funds for a splash pad in their community. The idea for the splash pad was initiated after the completion of a visioning study and a downtown assessment conducted by the Iowa Downtown Resource Center of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The city agreed to pay $10,000, the asking price for properties owned by Carol Snay, Delbert Lamp and Nancy Engler. more
Years ago, Sports Illustrated had a section called "Signs that the Apocalypse is Upon Us." (Apocalypse is a Biblical reference to the end times.) It was filled with head spinners. Some were merely tongue-in-cheek, but all were things we never thought could happen – but they did. more
Sen. Jim Lykam didn’t flinch. But he had to be uncomfortable. more
March 29, 1979: Plans for a long-awaited Eldridge city park and community center area were rapidly moving toward reality, pending the community’s purchase of 41.4 acres in the northeast part of town on property owned by the Milwaukee Railroad. The land was part of a larger tract of 183 acres that attorney Larry Jungmann had purchased with the agreement that he would sell park land to the city. This was the beginning of what is now Sheridan Meadows Park. more
The wholesome, G-rated TV serial, "When Calls the Heart," on Sunday evenings on the Hallmark Channel, has been a favorite for Linda and me. The setting is Hope Valley, which is a village on the Canadian frontier circa 1913. more
I’ve never taken a job in my life. more
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