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The 2002 movie, "The Emperor's Club," didn't receive rave reviews at the time, but I liked it a lot and its return to cable this month packs a message we need to hear with an election fast approaching. more
For the past two summers Beth and I have vacationed in St. Joe’s Beach, Florida, which is directly adjacent to Mexico Beach, and had been making plans to return again this summer. more
The Iowa and Illinois governors’ debates made compelling theater, but awful politics. more
Oct. 16, 1968: North Scott’s marching band twirlers competed in the state twirling contest. Nina Mohr, Jackie Blanche, Marijo Ernst and Kathy Rochau received II ratings in the ensemble twirling competition more
I didn't grow up with hockey, and if a hockey franchise in the Quad Cities were to depend on me for success, it probably wouldn't make it. But that doesn't mean I'm not pulling for our region's new entry into professional hockey, the Quad City Storm, to succeed for the long term where its predecessors, the Mallards and the Flames, did not. more
Quite frankly, I’ve never seen anything like it. more
Oct. 6, 1993: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources revealed a five-year plan for the 350-acre Lost Grove Lake project. Funds were allocated for dam construction in fiscal year 1997 and for fish habitat structure, boat ramps, parking ramps, access road and handicapped access for 1998. more
"If we, as adults, do not show respect for our flag, how can we expect our children to learn ..." more
Last week, as I have done annually except for one year since 2003, I joined with friends from the upper Midwest USA and Canada to be inspired at an event called a Rotary Zone Institute. That's where district governors (which I was in 2004-05) meet our international leaders, and learn about progress toward our organizational and humanitarian goals. more
There’s no question that University of Iowa freshman Kaeli Verbrugge had plenty of goosebumps when she took to the Kinnick Stadium field for Iowa’s home opener last month. more
Clearly a crime has been committed. more
Oct. 1, 2003: Iowa’s first lady Christie Vilsack visited Eldridge, where she toured the Scott County Library and held a public forum to discuss this particular project and also other Iowa achievements that were helping to transform the Iowa economy. She presented a proclamation from the governor to Eldridge mayor Frank Wood. The document declared that Sept. 23 had been designated as “Pride in Eldridge Day.” more
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