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Dec. 28, 1983: Princeton, LeClaire and Pleasant Valley firefighters battled a fire early on Christmas morning at the Cole home, five miles southwest of Princeton. The family huddled in a barn as firefighters battled the flames and frigid wind chills. Two rooms and an outside wall were damaged, due to the fire, which was caused by faulty wiring. But there were no injuries, and no presents were damaged. more
City leaders in Davenport seem to have forgotten that city government there belongs to the people. It does not belong to the folks who were elected to city offices. more
"That hatred will continue to plague us until we stand together to elect tactful and capable people ..." more
"Now we have an election that will determine whether or not we continue to have a Democracy ..." more
In the Aug. 2 issue I shared impressions of the country of Uganda in a column entitled, "Did you see any unhappy people?" The answer was no, despite the enormous challenges the people of this nation of 50 million souls in the heart of equatorial Africa face in their daily living. more
Dec. 19, 1973: Two area women were hospitalized after a strange car accident between Eldridge and Long Grove. Geese flew up out of a farm field and into the path of a southbound vehicle. The driver braked to avoid striking the geese and slippery road conditions caused her vehicle to skid into the path of a northbound vehicle. Both vehicles were totaled. more
"Thank you, North Scott, for spearheading this vital initiative. We look forward to contributing to its success and witnessing the positive impact it will have on our community ..." more
"What a shame that the mayor of Princeton vetoed the recreational trail that had been in development locally for over 20 years ..." more
"All Iowans need to know how much AEAs add to school districts–everything from training, professional development, to student help and more ..." more
"Thank you to North Scott bus drivers and bus garage people ..." more
Today, we salute long-serving public officials who did not leave abruptly with secretly negotiated severance settlements. more
Today, Dec. 13, is the day I was anticipating all fall, the day of my cardiac bypass surgery at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison. I wrote about it in this space on Sept. 27: the surgery in which they open the chest cavity and transplant arteries from the legs to "bypass" blocked arteries. more
Dec. 14, 1983: Annie Glenn visited her husband’s namesake school in Donahue. Sen. John Glenn was running for president, but Mrs. Glenn didn’t focus too much on politics, other than telling the students they had been very busy on the campaign trail. She received a personal honor guard that included members of the school safety patrol and student council officers Lance Golinghorst and Elizabeth Carlton. more
"Count your blessings (family, friends, food, laughter, good health) – you have already won the lottery and are richer than your wildest dreams ..." more
"Iowa credit unions serve 1.4 million members who count on their credit union to be safe, sound, and modern. Banks have evolved and their code has been updated. The same needs to be done for credit unions ..." more
"As 2023 comes to a close, I hope that families and businesses in North Scott and surrounding districts who will benefit from the RIC will consider joining us in making a year-end, tax-deductible gift, further building on the grants secured and private gifts already given ..." more
Back in March, one of the items in my daily Religion News email was entitled, “Jimmy Carter’s religious values were never far from his presidency or his policy.” The essay was by Lovett H. Weems Jr., who was a United Methodist pastor in Mississippi during the Carter presidency and now is professor emeritus of church leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. more
Dec. 10, 2008: The Boldt family, who farmed near West Lake Park, always celebrated the end of the harvest by picking the last few rows of corn by hand to honor their ancestors. This year was a special harvest, as it marked the 100th year the farm was owned by the family. This year’s hand pickers included Mike Fink, Jared Boldt, Jake Peeters, Jorden Boldt, Kylie Boldt, Bonnie Boldt, Kaylee Wulf and Jerry Boldt. more
" ... It took a lot of courage for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to endorse Ron DeSantis. Why? Because she had to weigh the endorsement against the likelihood of threats once Trump the thug vented his rage ..." more
"President Biden’s driving force from day one has been to save our democracy ..." more
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