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'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

The NSP's interview with Barbara Bush

When my boss said he was about to offer me the opportunity of a lifetime, I was skeptical. After all, editors have been known to say such things to goad one into accepting assignments no one else wanted. more

Planning can prevent long-term crisis

Iowans deserve a tax system that is fair to everyone and increases prosperity, but many believe the system is rigged against them. It doesn’t help that Iowans had to wait too long for their state income tax refunds two years in a row, that the state budget is a mess and that legislative leaders are pushing conflicting tax proposals that would make things worse. more

Opportunities for city beautification

"There are additional areas along LeClaire Road that could also use a gardener's help. Perhaps a garden club, scouting group or high school organization is looking for a summer project ..." more

Scott County needs pro-active leadership

"Communication and transparency remain significant problems for our Republican-led Scott County Board ..." more

Support of Lions Club breakfast appreciated

"Your support and generosity will help fund Lions Club projects in the North Scott community ..." 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

University misleads about abortion

"Passage of the Heartbeat bill would simply force the University to seek alternative arrangements with other institutions ..." more

Mid-term election can't come soon enough!

"With the end of the legislative session days away and no budget for next year, why do Republicans waste time on legislation to fix problems that don’t exist ..." more
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