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Planting seeds for the future

At the beginning of the year, in an effort to stay relevant for the future, we planted some seeds here at The NSP that have been germinating all year and are now just poking their heads out of the ground. more

Few take the time to attend councils, boards

8:47 a.m. That’s the time that works best for me for Board of Supervisor Tuesday morning committee meetings. more

McDonald's to locate at Walcott

May 4, 1978: The final plat for a McDonald’s Restaurant was approved to be located at the southeast corner of the I-80 interchange in Walcott. more

A local success story

Here's an item of unexpected good news: Eldridge electric rates are third lowest in Iowa with an average price of 7.9 cents per kilowatt hour. The western Iowa towns of Manilla and Denison are the only ones that are lower, at 7.85 and 7.86. That's according to information from the U.S. Energy Information Administration published in Sunday's Des Moines Register, based on revenue divided by kilowatt hours. more

'Joseph' deserves community support

Seriously, what’s not to like about "Joseph?" more

A path to leadership

The Quad Cities Big Table last weekend raised voices in civic engagement, one of my favorite things about being a journalist. more

'The fair won't be the same'

“We are going to miss her.” Those are the words of Rich Coussens, the Mississippi Valley Fair Board president. He is speaking of MVF Board member Shirley Newell, 87, of Long Grove, who died April 8 while struggling to recover from a January stroke. more

Eldridge Lions planted Christmas trees as fundraiser

April 24, 1968: Eldridge Lions planted 2,500 evergreen trees on a six-acre tract of land owned by Ted Baetke. The land had been set aside for a conservation project, and the Lions planned to cut the trees at maturity to sell as Christmas trees. more

Use Facebook if you must, but with eyes wide open

In all the years of our NSP Online questions of the week, readers never agreed 100 percent about anything, but the March 28-April 10 poll came close. Only one of the 61 who voted answered Yes when asked if you trust Facebook to protect your personal information. more

School violence: Students say 'enough is enough'

I was standing in the North Scott High School office Wednesday morning, enjoying a casual conversation with activities secretary Kathi Washam and junior Grace Hansel. more

County roads in bad shape

April 14, 1993: Vern Fahrenkrog, superintendent of maintenance for the Scott County Roads Department, estimated that up to 600 miles of county roads were in bad shape due to a combination of frost boils and the Wapsi River backing up out of its banks. more

Tax relief work continues in Senate

Work continued this week on tax relief for Iowans and the state budget. Important progress was made in the effort to lower some of the highest tax rates in the country. Iowa has the fourth highest personal income tax in the country and the second highest corporate income tax in the country. These rates discourage work and investment, and make it more difficult for entrepreneurship and creativity to thrive. more
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