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The contrast was stark. On Sunday afternoon at 1:30, Linda and I sat in lawn chairs in our front yard on South 8th Street and cheered as the seniors rode by in their Graduation Parade. It was a time of great joy and love as waves and high 5s and thumbs up were freely given and the grads looked proud in their red caps and gowns, surrounded by friends and family. more
Really, we should have expected nothing less. After all, this is North Scott. What a great day to be a Lancer. more
Gunfire hit and killed Italia Marie Kelly as she rode with others about midnight Sunday at the Walmart on Davenport’s West Kimberly Road. more
“Mark was a terrific boss, mentor and friend. I learned so much from him,” I told Dar Danielson of Radio Iowa when he phoned recently, wanting my comment about longtime news broadcaster Mark Minnick’s death. more
June 5, 1980: The boys’ mile relay team of Craig Power, Mike Staack, Kevin Geary and Mike Ferris were champions at the state track meet. The team set a school record of 3:19.94. more
When I think about Sue Kane’s contributions to the district, it is hard to know where to start.  more
On May 26, Gov. Reynolds signed a proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. This proclamation continues the re-opening of various establishments and again permits gatherings of more than 10 people with public health measures such as social distancing and limited capacity. This proclamation extends regulatory relief to those affected by this public health emergency until June 25. more
Iowa continues to ease business restrictions over the next few weeks. Starting May 28, bars, wineries, breweries, and distilleries will be able to reopen. On June 1, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement parks, skating rinks, outdoor performance venues, and outdoor playgrounds will also be able to reopen. Just like all previous re-openings, these entities must allow for the use of social distancing; they must follow public health guidelines to protect staff and patrons; and may only operate at 50-percent capacity.  more
"So, go ahead and protest, but please do it wisely and respectfully ..." 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 will be different. There is no doubt about it. 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
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