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Even during World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, Vietnam and other periods of calamity, graduates have been able to finish their senior years and receive their diplomas together with classmates. For many, memories of commencement and senior end-of-year activities last a lifetime. more
The day before Gov. Kim Reynolds eased her COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns and opened thousands of Iowa restaurants, salons and gyms, our Scott County Board made different decisions. more
Regrets. I don’t think the average person can go through life without having some. more
Our kids told us we were too young when we put a bird watching book on our Christmas list last year. But when a wall of windows affords you a view of all sorts of feathered friends, you want to get to know them. more
May 22, 1980: Several hundred people attended a reception honoring retiring superintendent Melvin Heiler. more
This coronavirus pandemic is far from over, even as we slowly start to reclaim parts of our former lives. We are more than ready to forget about some experiences: shaggy hair, face masks, empty store shelves, seeing loved ones only through a video screen. We’re tired of the inconveniences, the disappointments. We’re sad for those who have encountered true hardships: layoffs, illness or the unthinkable loss of a loved one. more
The Iowa Legislature also is scheduled to resume session on June 3. Similar to other openings across the state, this session will be done with additional precautions to keep legislators, staff, and the public safe. Social distancing in the building is recommended and face masks will be available to those who want one. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up, and while the building will be opened back up to the public, tour groups will be prohibited. Like many across the state, we are eager to get back to work and are doing whatever we can to ensure the safety of everyone in the building while finishing the work we were elected to do. more
About two months ago, the Iowa Legislature suspended its session as a precaution to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Prior to doing so, lawmakers passed a bipartisan plan that stabilized the state budget, ensured the continuation of essential government services, and provided Gov. Reynolds with additional tools to manage the disease outbreak. more
"Just listen to the medical professionals as to what to do and when it is safe to re-open. I am sorry to say Mr. Trump has done a very poor job in dealing with this virus ..." more
"I wish to thank the Eldridge Lions and the Moonlight Chase for supplying the money for the Eldridge Lions' beautification project ..." more
If this column looks familiar, it is because it is adapted from "Impressions" of May 15, 2019. The importance of the message, in my view, hasn't changed, especially when many, including people we know, have been affected by COVID-19. With activities restricted because of the virus, this would be a good year to visit the cemeteries and pay respect to those who have gone before. more
It’s been a somber, emotional week at The NSP, as we’ve all come face-to-face with the coronavirus pandemic, and the effects it is having on our country. more
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