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Msgr. Drake Shafer, featured in last week's NSP on his retirement, is remembered by many as one of the great, progressive spiritual leaders of our community. I've saved this story until now in case it would've caused a problem with the hierarchy of the Catholic church – although that seems less likely these days. more
Give up the outrage. more
July 3, 1980: Durant native Dr. Micheal Schreck was set to join Dr. Jack Barker in practice at the North Scott Medical Clinic. more
Items of note as the case count for COVID-19 reached the largest single-day increase on Sunday with 183,000 cases worldwide, and our summer is disrupted with the cancellation of annual events like concerts, fairs and festivals. more
I had an 11 o’clock interview scheduled with Monsignor Drake Shafer last Thursday morning, and when I walked into St. Ann’s Catholic Church, I found him sitting in the area outside the church office, conducting what I thought was a church planning meeting. more
June 24, 2015: The Eldridge City Council awarded a $159,711 contract to General Asphalt Construction Company to begin building pickleball courts at Sheridan Meadows. more
Social media was buzzing Tuesday night (June 16) as a roving bear captured the fancy of rural Scott County residents. more
Roxanna Moritz, Scott County Auditor and president of the Iowa State Association of County Auditors, appeared on national TV last week where she answered questions from Ali Velshi on the Rachel Maddow Show about the 30-page absentee voter bill that Sen. Roby Smith of Davenport introduced as an amendment to a non-controversial two-page bill about county seals. more
June 21, 1995: In a surprise announcement, Petersen Properties LLC of Rock Island agreed to purchase the abandoned Caterpillar factory building in Mt. Joy. Two Petersen companies, Petersen Tire Mounting Inc. and Petersen Warehousing Corp. would be moving from the Quad Cities Industrial Center in Rock Island and would now be operating out of the plant. more
I had planned to write about other things this week, but sometimes circumstances claim a higher priority. more
Sen. Roby Smith says he was listening to constituents when he pushed through major restrictions last week on Iowa’s wildly successful early voting. more
Things often are not always what they appear to be at first glance. For example, despite what a handwritten note said in 1969, I was not a kidnapper. more
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