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Jan. 24, 1973: The Eldridge City Council heard a proposal from Gene Schneckloth on the construction of a nine-hole golf course to be developed on a farm owned by the Schneckloth’s in east Eldridge. The proposed plat also included a 31-unit housing development. Schneckloth said he hoped to begin construction by fall.  more
It's an almost foregone conclusion that Gov. Kim Reynolds will succeed in her plan to shovel taxpayer dollars to private schools – $381 million a year when her plan is fully implemented. She came just a few votes short last year, until members of her own majority Republican Party in the Iowa House said it was a bridge too far. Thank you to two from this area who held the line, Reps. Ross Paustian and Gary Mohr! more
Jan. 17, 1973: Sam, a St. Bernard owned by the Ed Borchers family of rural Dixon, was rescued after he wandered into the swollen, ice-jammed Wapsipinicon River. Sam attempted to cross the ice, which broke under his weight. He was saved by Mrs. Leo Borchers, Mrs. Ed Borchers, Ronnie Sprout and Basil Prine.  more
The newspaper business is all that I’ve known, and my late grandmother liked to say I have ink in my veins, as my grandfather was a printer by trade. more
We rush around so much during the holiday season, what with baking, shopping, wrapping, traveling, and so much more, that it’s easy to forget to take time out and just enjoy the spirit of the season. more
In my first years at The NSP in the early 1970s, my No. 1 task was to grow the business with enough new subscriptions and advertising to offset my teachers'-equivalent salary, which was not in the budget for the break-even, three-year-old newspaper. more
Jan. 16, 2008: Wes Stender of Maysville dropped a 20-point buck while hunting with a muzzleloader in Jones County. The deer scored a 210 on the Boone and Crockett scoring system, and came close to the state record of 218 1/8. more
A few times over the last 40 years, I’ve taken over Scott’s column.  I know Scott’s retirement is now old news, but I’d love the opportunity to chat with NSP readers one final time. more
Republicans hold the keys to their Iowa kingdom. They’re ready, willing and able to implement any agenda they agree upon. more
Once in a while you know at the time that you are witnessing history in the making. The Dec. 21 address to the U.S. Congress by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy was one of those moments. more
Jan. 9, 2008:  Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were the big winners in Scott County during the Iowa Caucus. Obama easily outdistanced Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, while Romney squeaked by Mike Huckabee and Fred Thompson. Nearly 16,000 voters made their way to caucus sites throughout the county. more
Opinions have been an important part of The NSP since the first issue in 1968, but putting together the first regular weekly Opinion Page was one of many tasks upon my arrival here as editor in 1971 fresh from college and National Guard Army Basic Training. more
Dec. 31. 1997:  Princeton residents planned to gather to honor outgoing mayor David McLaughlin, who had presided over the town for the last 16 years. more
The Quad Cities – including North Scott – lost an icon with the passing of Karl Ungurean, 88, on Dec. 10. Karl grew up in Europe during World War II. He was born in Romania in 1934 and lived in Austria when that nation was annexed by Hitler in 1938. more
Boy, don’t you just hate it when you’re wrong? Or, at the very least, just a little off the mark? While I eventually came to my senses, and although I hate to admit it, I’m now a card-carrying member of the Jason Schroeder Fan Club. more
Dec. 20, 1972: Four sets of twins were attending Ed White Elementary School: Lana and Lisa Paustian, Tammy and Tracey Carter, Donna and Danna Albertsen, and Brenda and Barbara Albertsen. more
All I want for Christmas is to be able to drive from Point A to Point B in Eldridge by the most direct route! This gift, however, will not be opened until January, as rebuilding the intersection of LeClaire Road and First Street is going to continue over the holidays. more
A couple of weeks ago I took our new sports editor, Ross Shinberg, to North Scott High School to introduce him to the people he’d be working with. The first person we ran into was attendance secretary Jodi Bemrich. more
Ah, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. The time of the year when I ask, “What, exactly, have I gotten myself into?” more
Dec. 16, 1982: John W. Miller of Eldridge Utilities received word that Iowa Electric Light & Power was reconsidering an 83-percent rate increase. more
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