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Iowans are wondering when it will be safe and responsible to resume normal activities and rebuild the economy after so many temporary closures. Last week Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new website to give Iowans better access to testing, and give public health officials a better idea of how Iowa is progressing through the pandemic. It helps the governor make decisions on what is safe to reopen and what needs to remain closed for a longer period of time. more
"We strongly believe that local newspapers and broadcasters play an integral role during the COVID-19 pandemic and making sure that stations are able to continue operating during this time is critical ..." more
"... I am concerned that if we go back to our normal routines too soon, it may have grave consequences ..." more
"I know trail extensions are in the works. But we could also add trails to the south side of town to accommodate all the people in new housing there. And we could stand to expand east-west trails, too ..." more
"My late wife once explained it this way: 'You are free to make your own decisions, but your freedom ends where mine begins' ..." more
"At a time when America needs to pull together to get through this, no one should be ripping at the fabric ..." more
It was a beautiful day for a parade, and what a parade it was. more
Scientists are racing to find a vaccine for COVID-19, but once found, will people take it? Seems like a silly question, but maybe not, given attitudes promulgated by the anti-vax crowd that refuses proven vaccines for measles and polio. Polio, which scared people in the 1950s much like COVID-19 does now, has NOT been eradicated. Forty-two children in Pakistan and Afghanistan,where the Taliban is pushing back against child vaccinations, have contracted polio thus far in 2020. more
I miss the sound of the starter’s gun at track meets, and the blare of the final horn signaling what I’m sure would be numerous wins on the Lancer Pitch. more
Mike Limberg never used the word “guns.” The Long Grove mayor’s two-paragraph suggestion in his town’s April newsletter proposes a volunteer civil defense group to, “plan, prepare, and implement measures that would provide for the well-being of all residents should we be faced with an event that makes the COVID-19 crisis pale in comparison.” more
A little over a month ago, I unknowingly had my last day of high school. I probably won’t see most of the faces I used to see in the hallways again; I won’t get to sing in my last high school choir concert; I won’t go to my last prom; and I won’t perform in my last musical. more
April 24, 1980: The Dixon American Legion and Auxiliary noted its 50th anniversary with a special ceremony and reception. more
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