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Forum shows Madison how to be a political grown-up

Nearly a third of Madison Cousins’ young life involved lobbying legislators. The Davenport West high school senior on Saturday launched her fifth year of talking with lawmakers at the monthly legislative forums held during the sessions. more

Emergency! What would you do?

The recent false alarm in Hawaii about a ballistic missile attack reminded me of a fateful Saturday – Feb. 20, 1971 – that the Emergency Broadcasting System (EBS) put out a false national alert telling people they needed to take cover due to an attack. It took 40 minutes to correct the error. more

Del's fire was five years ago!

Jan. 23, 2013: In one giant burning blaze, the building housing Del’s Eatery and Pub in Eldridge burned to the ground.  more

Will 2018 see the world's last polio case?

Linda's "Our Past" column observes that 40 years ago, in January 1978, for the first time, Iowa law required students to be immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles and rubella before they could attend school. North Scott had the best compliance among districts in Scott County, but still, 11 students were unable to attend classes. more

A fond farewell to Shirley, a fellow Cubs fan

There’s certainly something surreal about walking into a room and watching a person’s possessions being packed into moving boxes, and realizing a piece of Eldridge history would soon be leaving town. more

How do we measure water quality?

Water quality is Job No. 1 for the Iowa Legislature this session. So says Gov. Kim Reynolds in her wonderfully concise and unusually clear Condition of the State Address. more

Bread was 22 cents a loaf in 1968

Put on your thinking cap. Do you remember 1968, 50 years ago? more

Students without vaccines not allowed to attend school

Jan. 19, 1978:  Eleven North Scott students (0.3 percent of the student enrollment) were not at school on the first day of the second semester due to non-compliance with the newly enacted law requiring all students be immunized against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles and rubella before they could attend. more

Week No. 2: Tell us what you think

Wow! What a response. As this issue went to press, 89 had already completed our online reader study and another 47 had started it. We're well on our way to our goal of a minimum of 200 responses which will make the results statistically reliable. Double or more would be even better. more

Words of wisdom from Rufus

When I don’t feel well or I’m frustrated or depressed for one reason or another, I often think about a man named Rufus. more

ALICE started at North Scott

Jan. 9, 2013: North Scott was among the first school districts in Scott County to receive training that could give teachers, aides and administrators the ability to defend themselves and their students in the event that a potential shooter entered their buildings.  more

Do your civic duty; tell us what you think

It was a whirlwind "in between" week last week as we wrapped up business for 2017 and set plans in motion for 2018. Our daughters Anne and Alisa and grandchildren braved the stormy cold (brrrr!) to come here for a belated family Christmas on Dec. 30, decked out in their cardinal and gold for Iowa State's Liberty Bowl victory. Way to go, Cyclones! more
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