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Wienermobile stampede!

Kids and more than a few grown-ups race across Sheridan Meadows Park in Eldridge to greet the Oscar Mayer's Wienermobile, making a lunch time stop.

Cell tower

A crew hired by U.S. Cellular updates equipment atop Eldridge's west water tower. U.S. Cellular pays $1,287 monthly under a five-year, renewable lease that increases the rate 2 percent each year.

9,506 jobless claims

The number of initial claims in Iowa, filed between Sunday, July 12, and Saturday, July 18, was 9,505. There were 8,720 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 785 claims by individuals who work in Iowa and live in another state.  The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims for July 12-18 was 116,810, a decrease of almost 18,000 from the previous week.   

See State Fair highlights Aug. 10-14 on Iowa PBS

The midway at the Iowa State Fairgrounds may be quiet, and there may not be any shrieks coming from the Big Slide, but Iowa PBS's annual Iowa State Fair highlights continue this year with Celebrating the Fair, a special series of programs featuring fair fun from the network's 49 years of coverage.

County renews contract

Scott County supervisors last week renewed a consulting contract with Info-Tech Research Group for $18,600. County IT director Matt Hirst said the group was “very useful over the years,” including consulting on software license renewals and video streaming board meetings.

Grassley: Cattle market industry is broken

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture report on market disruption in the cattle industry shows the need for congress to act.

Farm Progress Show goes virtual

Two major farm shows are off the calendar for 2020. To fill this gap, Farm Progress is launching the first ever Farm Progress Virtual Experience, or FPVX.

Iowa earned $51.6 million

State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald reports earnings of $51.6 million in interest on the State of Iowa’s short-term investment pool in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Sports
Softball

WELCOME BACK: North Scott makes smashing return to Fort Dodge

Talk about déjà vu, only with a little more dominance and a lot less drama. Boy, it was as if they’d never left.
Softball

Return trip booked

There was never a doubt.
Football

Short season leaves all playoff bound

While the Iowa High School Athletic Association has given the green light for high school football this fall, officials have also made some significant changes in terms of how the season will look.
Softball

Class 4A state tourney starts Monday

Having emerged victorious against Western Dubuque last night, the Lancers will make their 2020 state tournament debut in a rare Monday afternoon affair in Fort Dodge.
Opinion
The only thing certain, it seems, is uncertainty
The ink hadn't dried and the North Scott Activity Calendar that's part of your paper today hadn't been stitched and trimmed – before … Read More
Feds shovel cash to Scott County
Lifeline? Windfall? Boondoggle? Read More
1980: Eldridge chooses cable provider; 2015: CST, Dixon phone companies merge
July 31, 1980: The Eldridge City Council selected Quint Cities Cablevision Inc. of Moline to bring cable television to the town. Read More
COVID-19 and local control: Is the Force really with Gov. Kim Reynolds?
Iowa’s state leaders might benefit from a brief lesson from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Read More
A parent's view from a place where in-school learning is not an option
This has become highly controversial – and I understand and respect all sides of the argument for school this fall - whether it … Read More
Upswing in outdoor recreation calls for responsibility to ensure safety
The COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in many changes to which we must all adjust. Phrases like “self-quarantine” and “social … Read More
Forcing children to wear masks is 'unbelievably selfish of Grandma'
"If you are playing along with this game simply to tear down the Orange Devil in the White House, then you are truly a disgusting … Read More
Choices difficult, but online is better
"Are we really going to roll out the start of the school year when community spread is getting worse, and as a state and local … Read More
What has Joe Biden done for this country?
"Would you name the positive things Joe has done for this country, in his last 30 years in government, and his eight years as vice … Read More
Announcements
Death Notice: James Bendt
A private family funeral service will be held at a later date for James Lee "Jim" Bendt, 74, of Blue Grass. Per his wishes, cremation … Read More
Death Notice: Kent Engler
A funeral service and Mass of Christian Burial for Kent Michael Engler, 38, of Donahue, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at … Read More
Death Notice: Phyllis Gogulich
A celebration of life service for Phyllis Gogulich, 98, of Davenport, will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the Runge Mortuary, … Read More
Death Notice: John Gillaspie
A private family committal service will be held at Rock Island National Cemetery for John H. Gillaspie Jr., 88, of Davenport. … Read More
Death Notice: Margaret Duling
A funeral service for Margaret Eva Duling, 92, of Davenport, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at Trinity Lutheran Church, … Read More
Death Notice: Kay Hobbs
A funeral service for Kay Louise Hobbs, 84, of Bettendorf, will be held at  11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at St. John's United Methodist … Read More
Merrick-Allen vows exchanged Nov. 9 in Swisher
Stephanie Merrick and Jeff Allen, both of Windsor, Colo., were united in marriage Nov. 9, 2019, at Cedar Ridge Winery, Swisher. Pastor … Read More
Bill Saladino to celebrate with 85th birthday card shower
Help us celebrate Bill Saladino’s 85th birthday with a card shower. Cards can be sent to: Bill Saladino, 501 W. LeClaire Rd., … Read More
Littles to celebrate 50 years of marriage Aug. 1
Calvin and Jeanne Little of Princeton are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 1, 1970. Read More
Obituary: Richard Puls
Richard “Dick” A. Puls, 84, of Eldridge, Iowa, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home. Funeral Services will be … Read More
Obituary: Lionel Hermiston
Lionel John Hermiston, age 92, of Walcott, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  … Read More
Obituary: Dean Wulf
Dean A. Wulf, 63, of Davenport, passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Handicapped Development Residential. A Graveside Service was … Read More
Obituary: Gerald Neff
Visitation for Gerald J. “Jerry” Neff Sr., 85, of Eldridge, was held from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, at the Weerts Funeral Home, … Read More
Obituary: Loren Wakeman
A celebration of life service for Loren Arthur Wakeman, 72, of Bettendorf, will be held at a later date. A private graveside service … Read More
Death Notice: Phyllis Green
Phyllis Lydia Green, 91, of Cedar Falls, formerly of Eldridge, died Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Cedar Falls. A private burial will be … Read More
More local news
Eldridge sets Grand Haven tax incentive Eldridge council members will consider a seven-year, 75-percent property tax discount valued at nearly $375,000 for Grand Haven Retirement Community’s plan to expand on lots next to the Eldridge retirement center.
County gun permits surge A flood of 1,532 concealed carry gun permits in June brought Scott County’s legal gun carriers up to 15,480, or about 10 percent of the county’s entire adult population, Sheriff Tim Lane said.
Nursing home outbreaks spike again across Iowa The number of COVID-19 outbreaks in Iowa nursing homes is up sharply over last week, as is the number of residents and staff infected.
Supervisors stop short of mask mandate in county buildings Scott County supervisors came close to requiring masks  on visitors to the county administration building, but wound up “strongly encouraging” masks because of concerns about enforcement.
Oscar Mayer Wienermobile to stop at Eldridge, Thursday  The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will make a stop at Sheridan Meadows Park in Eldridge on Thursday, July 30, from 12:30 to 2 p.m.
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