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This is the week we would be giving you the details for the Eldridge Summer Festival which, like others, has been canceled due to COVID. It pains us not to be able to do that this year both from a community engagement and business standpoint, not to mention personal. Our kids and grandkids from out of town have joined us at the Eldridge Festival and Moonlight Chase the past several years. more
As I write this open letter to you, I do so with the utmost respect, and with a sincere attempt at not wearing my parent, grandparent or white-haired senior citizen hat. more
July 13, 2005: The Eldridge Summer Festival had five grand marshals, each representing special causes: Jack Lindaman and the Muscular Dystrophy Association; Sheila Gerardy and Diana Grabeel and the Organ Donor Foundation; the Sacia family and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; Deven Strief and the Iowa Marrow Donor Program; and Matt Ernst and the Cornelia de Lang Syndrome Foundation. more
The 2020 legislative session was historic mainly for 11 weeks of inaction as the session was suspended due to COVID-19.  Even so, lawmakers racked up a surprisingly robust list of actions. Here’s a look at some of this year’s winners and losers: more
"In the past, many of us heard racists’ statements from specific individuals. We cringed and walked away. We allowed them to speak their ignorance of people different than themselves.  Long Grove citizens, including myself, need to speak up and speak out ..." more
"This bill does nothing to stop absentee voting. Any registered voter in Iowa may request an absentee ballot through the county auditor, the Secretary of State’s website, or with a form mailed to them by a campaign organization or affiliated party ..." more
"Billed as the second largest fair in Iowa, the MV Fair Board and local politicians may really believe they know more about COVID safety than the Iowa State Fair Board and the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion Board, who have already canceled their 2020 events ..." more
"Today’s 'patriots' would storm the capitols for their right to go to Hy-Vee rather than do their part to grow their own food in a Victory Garden to help conserve food for our military ..." more
"If we’re serious about black lives REALLY mattering, we need to begin decreasing the number of black babies being aborted as well as the number of young, black men dying in America’s streets ..." more
"My name is Ryan Zeskey. I am running to be your state representative in the Iowa Legislature in House District 97 this November as a Democrat ..." more
"I am writing to urge you to call on the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (USDA-HHS) to postpone publication of the report by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, so that the federal agencies in charge can have time to address serious allegations by one or more members of this committee about the process that produces the Dietary Guidelines for Americans ..." more
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
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