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I sympathize with the 20 percent in last week's NSP Online poll who called Eldridge's LeClaire Road and First Street intersection construction "insane" – but actually, the votes of the 67 percent who said it is "a minor inconvenience for a much-needed project" were more realistic. more
Sometimes change is difficult, and there comes a time when you have to set tradition aside, look to the future, and step outside the box. more
Sept. 30, 1982: After an all-day public meeting at the basement of Eldridge Coop, the Eldridge City Council voted 4-0 against allowing fired police chief Bill Welty to serve as a sergeant on the force. Carol Goetzke abstained, as she served on the public safety committee. Meanwhile, Eldridge would continue without a police chief until the deadline had passed for Welty to appeal his termination. Sgt. Dale Heiser would take over the day-to-day duties of running the department in the interim. more
There are issues flying under the radar in our neck of the woods. Last year, Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern launched a corporate merger under the purview of the Surface Transportation Board (STB), a totally autonomous federal agency. As a result, the two railroads will triple their traffic through eastern Iowa – mostly crude oil from Canada headed for refineries in Mexico. As the regulatory process continues forward, not nearly enough Iowans are aware of the proposed merger. Further, I do not believe the railroads are too strong to resist. more
Since the 2020 election, it got harder to vote in Iowa, relative to other states, according to a new study. more
"On behalf of the school board and our school district, I want to thank the community for supporting our referendum election and our Vision 2025 ..." more
"Do not put all the blame on Davenport Community Schools for pending school closings. The leaders of Walcott should look inward. ..." more
"Why don't you in your news articles let us know what is happening on the national scene ..." more
"I think it’s time we take the responsibility to vote only for those who understand the commitment they made, the oath they willingly swore when taking office ..." more
Peace is not present in Ukraine, as we know, but let this be a time also when we shine a light on the peacemakers. I met one such individual Friday at a big regional Rotary event in Minneapolis. more
At first glance, you’d never know something was missing. In fact, for an entire basketball season, North Scott assistant coach Colin Woods was oblivious. more
Sept. 24, 1997: The highlight of the annual Dixon Fall Festival was a frog jumping contest. The object was to get the frog to jump from one circle to another, without actually touching the frog. more
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