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As I was working with the CPA who does our taxes late last week – sadly, not in person but by phone and documents scanned and sent by email – I tried to wrap my mind around the size of the $2.2-trillion pandemic relief package passed by Congress last Friday. more
Week 2, or is it Week 3, of the Great COVID-19 Pandemic. The days seem to run together as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters that will flood into our nation’s history. more
April 1, 1970: The North Scott School Board discussed base teacher salaries for the 1970-1971 school year. Proposed amounts were $6,900, $6,850, and $6,800. Leon Fox, a spokesman for the teachers, said none of those figures would be acceptable. A group of property owners was also at the meeting to protest an increase in teacher salaries, citing the sharp increase in property taxes over the last six years. more
At some time in the future, somebody will look at The NSP's archives to see how the people of this community, at this moment, fared during the coronavirus pandemic. They will look here, not on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram or any of the others. more
These are definitely trying times, and at least for the time being, a new normal. more
I’m down to counting squares. more
March 29, 1995: A fire at the Eldridge City Shop caused an estimated $200,000 worth of damage. It was determined that the fire started in a gas heater. Smoke from the blaze could reportedly be seen for miles. Firefighters from Eldridge, Long Grove, and Davenport responded. more
I  was in Rochester, Minn., for a four-state Rotary education event last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when I learned that my own Rotary club back home wasn't meeting and that Sunday church services were canceled to stop the spread of the coronavirus. more
As I walked out of Wells Fargo Arena last Tuesday night, for what seemed like the umpteenth time in the last four weeks, I took time to take in the sights. more
Prepare for some civic lifting heavier than any flood fight. more
Thirty-two years ago this month, Tim and I drove with our infant daughter and a loyal, mixed-breed dog from our home in southern Missouri to Iowa. more
March 18, 2015: For the first time in school history, the North Scott boys’ basketball team were state champions. After taking out Waukee and Iowa City West earlier in the week, the Lancers faced off against MAC rivals Pleasant Valley in the championship game, 44-36. more
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