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Congratulations, Mark!

Our staff came back together Monday after a crazy week that saw our editor and ad manager on vacation, plus assistant editor Mark Ridolfi in Portland, Ore., receiving a prestigious award ... and oh, yes, did I say it was also a week of our Eldridge Summer Festival, ball tournaments and a lot more (as you can see in this week's paper)? more

'I try to take readers places they don't usually go'

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

1978: Iowa Machine Shed opened

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

Cave rescue a reminder that there are a lot of good people

Here are some scratches from an old reporter’s notepad: more

Good vote by county supervisor

"Congratulations to (Brinson) Kinzer on his no vote to purchase an excavator from Takeuchi ..." more

Our U.S. senators should be ashamed!

"You won't do or say anything, but believe this, you will go down in history as the Congress of Trump and will be remembered as such ..." more

Welcome sign; hats off to Grand Haven!

"It's a wonderful greeting to our community ..." more

A legacy of decency

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

Tragedy in Lancer Nation

Pastor Carrie La Plante has a lasting image of Jake Fenn that she just can’t get out of her mind. more

Ag boom or bust: Now it's up to the world's 'greatest negotiator'

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

President visits Schneckloth farm

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

German immigrant Claus Hell tilled the Midwest prairies

In the early days of Scott County, the land was covered miles upon miles of grass, with some trees. Used to the vast forests of the east, some pioneers found this unsettling. Most of the trees in this new place grew along the streams and rivers, with fewer in the open areas.  more
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