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Canceling university classes and other “social distancing” measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 could have an unintended public health consequence: reducing the state’s and nation’s blood supply. more
March 18, 2015: For the first time in school history, the North Scott boys’ basketball team were state champions. After taking out Waukee and Iowa City West earlier in the week, the Lancers faced off against MAC rivals Pleasant Valley in the championship game, 44-36. more
Thirty-two years ago this month, Tim and I drove with our infant daughter and a loyal, mixed-breed dog from our home in southern Missouri to Iowa. more
Prepare for some civic lifting heavier than any flood fight. more
As I walked out of Wells Fargo Arena last Tuesday night, for what seemed like the umpteenth time in the last four weeks, I took time to take in the sights. more
I  was in Rochester, Minn., for a four-state Rotary education event last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when I learned that my own Rotary club back home wasn't meeting and that Sunday church services were canceled to stop the spread of the coronavirus. more
May 31, 1995: Scott County Republicans state Sen. Maggie Tinsman (Bettendorf) and state Rep. Steve Grubbs (Davenport) were considering bids to challenge U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in 1996. more
Thank goodness irises know nothing of pandemics. My Memorial weekend favorites blossomed right on time, shooting their delicate showpiece blooms above sharp foliage. more
It will be different. There is no doubt about it. more
As primary elections go, next Tuesday's (June 2) feels relatively quiet, at least locally. There are no contested races on the ballot for county offices or state legislative seats in our area. The only suspense locally is whether Maria Dickmann will get enough write-ins to oust the incumbents for supervisor on the Republican slate after being denied a spot on the GOP ballot after switching parties. more
It was a beautiful day for a parade, and what a parade it was. more
Nov. 29, 1979: Caterpillar employees had been on strike for a month, citing forced overtime, and issues related to time off, medical leave of absence and job security. more
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