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Here is assistant editor Mark Ridolfi's explanation which he was asked to write about his column, "How do you petition a grievance without access to records?," which won the 2018 Golden Quill Award presented by the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors. The column, which was first published April 19, 2017, is reprinted below. – BT more
July 20, 1978: Plans were announced for the opening on July 25 of the Iowa Machine Shed, a new restaurant “dedicated to the Iowa farmer,” located on highway 130 just south of Interstate 80. Happy Joe Whitty and Dan Whalen were the developers behind the project. more
Here are some scratches from an old reporter’s notepad: more
Such timing as this! Fifty years ago the young Robert D. Ray, in his first campaign for governor of Iowa, promoted his candidacy on the steps of the James Mohr family farmhouse west of Eldridge. That is the image on page 1 of The NSP's "Pages from the Past" on page 3B of this week's paper. more
Pastor Carrie La Plante has a lasting image of Jake Fenn that she just can’t get out of her mind. more
President Trump told me and everyone else who’s heard him speak that he’s the best deal maker in the world. He sizes up rivals instantly and bypasses the careful courtship of diplomacy, preferring blunt talk and quick action. more
July 7, 1993: President Bill Clinton spent more than an hour at the Don and Elaine Schneckloth farm, east of Eldridge, listening to the concerns of area farmers and extending a hand of support to those affected by Mississippi River flooding. more
It was a small gesture, or so it seemed, but one that yielded an unexpected result. more
There was little love for President Trump in Davenport’s Vander Veer Park Saturday, where more than 500 gathered to protest how our country handles asylum seekers on our border with Mexico, just part of the American immigration debate. more
July 6, 1978: Eldridge Cooperative erected two new grain silos at their facility in Donahue. The silos were 142 feet tall, and each had a capacity to hold 504,000 bushels. more
The first (illegal) fireworks broke the silence in our neighborhood Sunday evening, June 17, around 10 o'clock. We hope this is not a sign of things to come. The city of Eldridge and adjacent communities set 2-11 p.m. on July 3 and 4 as the only hours fireworks are legal. Period. more
June 29, 1978: Negotiations for the sale of the McCausland Cooperative Telephone Company to Central Scott Telephone Company were expected to culminate in a merger. Central Scott had an offer of $85,000 on the table. more
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