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When thinking back on my childhood, some of my most vivid memories occurred in and around the Wilton United Methodist Church. I spent just about every Sunday morning there, attending Sunday … more
It was touch-and-go for a while, but we come to you this week continuing a decades-long tradition of the annual Advocate News Football Contest. A staple in the fall among many of our dedicated … more
I took a lot of wonderful photos today. Watch this week’s Advocate News for some ... but My favorite one was the first one — my grandfather Don Steffen sitting by his commemorative brick … more
As I write this (Aug. 31), we’re four days into the new school year at both Durant and Wilton, and around the state and most schools are back in classrooms by now. We also have one “Friday … more
It happens every Labor Day week, IMCA Super Nationals in Boone, Iowa and the Benischek Racing team will be there. The team consists of my sons, Luke and Jake, and their dad Greg. Jake always tells … more
Although our weekly issues of the Advocate News are dated for Thursdays, they hit newsstands on Wednesdays. For clarity, they are dated for Thursdays to give them time to make their way through the … more
For the first time in five months, we’re working on something that, before COVID-19 hit this nation, seemed natural to us. I’ve been traveling to and from Durant and Wilton high schools taking … more
We are a little more than half way through the year 2020, and have experienced some major historic events. Let’s review what has happened thus far. The Australian brushfires and the first … more
I have been stunned as I toured Cedar, Johnson and Muscatine counties by the total and complete devastation. The extent of the damage is greater than even the 2008 floods. So many are still without … more
On Aug. 7, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following open letter to the state of Iowa: Tomorrow marks five months since we learned of the first positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa. Since then, … more
I’ve written countless COVID-19 stories. I was telling someone this week that they could probably be turned into a book. That’s just one of many subjects in which I’ve felt that way over the … more
We had hoped to come to you this week with coverage of the League of Women Voters of Muscatine County’s weekend live broadcast Aug. 1, of a political forum involving Republicans and Democrats on … more
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