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As I was working with the CPA who does our taxes late last week – sadly, not in person but by phone and documents scanned and sent by email – I tried to wrap my mind around the size of the $2.2-trillion pandemic relief package passed by Congress last Friday. more
Week 2, or is it Week 3, of the Great COVID-19 Pandemic. The days seem to run together as we continue to navigate these uncharted waters that will flood into our nation’s history. more
April 1, 1970: The North Scott School Board discussed base teacher salaries for the 1970-1971 school year. Proposed amounts were $6,900, $6,850, and $6,800. Leon Fox, a spokesman for the teachers, said none of those figures would be acceptable. A group of property owners was also at the meeting to protest an increase in teacher salaries, citing the sharp increase in property taxes over the last six years. more
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement March 27 after the House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, which is the third piece of legislation to combat the COVID-19 illness. The bipartisan legislation now heads to the President who signed the bill into law. more
When the legislature took a 30-day pause, we granted Gov. Kim Reynolds temporary powers to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus and ease the disruptions it has caused in daily life. Since then, Gov. Reynolds has used feedback gathered from the Center for Disease Control and state departments (the Department of Public Health, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Education, the Department of Transportation, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, the Iowa Finance Authority, Iowa Workforce Development to name a few), citizens, schools, organizations and businesses to make data-driven decisions to help Iowans across the state get through these difficult times. more
The news that the State Capitol was closing to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak was just one in a stream of emails from government agencies over the past two weeks announcing they would be conducting the people’s business while temporarily ending the people’s access to public offices. more
"It is times like this that we all realize how much family and friends mean to us ..." more
At some time in the future, somebody will look at The NSP's archives to see how the people of this community, at this moment, fared during the coronavirus pandemic. They will look here, not on Facebook, or Twitter, or Instagram or any of the others. more
These are definitely trying times, and at least for the time being, a new normal. more
I’m down to counting squares. more
March 29, 1995: A fire at the Eldridge City Shop caused an estimated $200,000 worth of damage. It was determined that the fire started in a gas heater. Smoke from the blaze could reportedly be seen for miles. Firefighters from Eldridge, Long Grove, and Davenport responded. more
What would you do if you received a positive diagnosis of coronavirus? more
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