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In November 2016, faith leaders and concerned citizens gathered at Temple Emmanuel to express concern for vulnerable people in the greater Quad Cities – among them minorities by race, religion, nationality, disability, immigrant status, and sexual orientation and gender identity. more
April 17, 1996: Thanks to the work of Nancy Shannon and her group of 500 volunteers, the Eastern Iowa Area was selected for the “Outstanding Area” award at the Iowa Special Olympics. Area director Shannon was applauded for her 17 years as a volunteer with the organization. more
The groundbreaking last Tuesday for the North Scott YMCA is a moment I'd like to freeze in time. The opening is a year away, but it will be hard to top the aura of goodwill from Tuesday's overcast and end-of-March-chilly afternoon. more
“You can’t rollerskate in a buffalo herd.” more
April 10, 1996: North Scott area runners Arnie Kundel, Mike Feldpausch, Dave Zimmer and Jack and Dale Keppy were headed to Massachusetts to live out a shared dream of running in the Boston Marathon. “I know a lot of people who tried to qualify and didn’t, and it’s very unusual for five people from this area to get the job done,” said Jack Keppy. more
They're saying terrible things about my friends John and Rita these days. more
March 31, 1971: Roy Keppy of rural Eldridge, president of the National Pork Producers Council, had the opportunity to meet with President Richard Nixon and Secretary of Agriculture Clifford Hardin at the White House. more
Win or lose, the NCAA tournaments are a sign that our country is on the right track with Covid. It was a year ago the plug was pulled on March Madness, signaling the start of a gloomy period for our country – and world. Let's not forget Covid is not just an American issue. Until the virus is under control everywhere, we will not be free of it anywhere. more
A lot has happened to Wyatt Wriedt since I last checked in with him after he became North Scott’s first-and-only two-time state wrestling champion. more
March 26, 1981: A new decision by the Scott County Board of Supervisors to stop subsidizing private ambulance companies left the future of service in doubt. more
When Karen Fitzsimmons died too soon at age 59 on April 2, 2008, we wondered how anyone could continue the service she superbly provided as Scott County Auditor for 31 years. more
March 20, 1996: The new Scott Area Landfill near Buffalo opened. Instead of a ribbon cutting, members of the Scott Area Solid Waste Management tossed bags of trash into the landfill. more
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