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Feb. 22, 2006: A series of power outages left many Scott County residents in the dark. According to an Alliant Energy spokesman, several outages in Walcott and Maysville were officially caused by “equipment failure,” although winter weather conditions may have exacerbated the issue. Ice-covered power lines were cited as the cause of an outage that affected Long Grove and Park View. more
In March 2019, in a column entitled "Can this really be happening in America?," I introduced "Signs that the Apocalypse is Upon Us," to call out craziness beyond belief. In that case it was a crowd at a rally in Ohio cheering when a woman declared, "Never in my life did I want to see a dictator – but if there is to be one, I want it to be Trump." (On Jan. 6, we saw what can happen when such loyalty is given to one man; but that is not my main point.) more
Feb. 14. 1996: Bawden Printing president Mark Bawden enlisted the North Scott High School marching band to announce to his employees the company’s plan to expand an addition 28,000 square feet to its Eldridge facility. It was the ninth expansion project since Bawden moved to Eldridge in 1982. The company also planned to add a new web press capable of printing one million book pages an hour. more
I called Mollie Strief last Friday. It had been almost 16 years since we last talked. more
The Iowa Association of School Boards is no match for the Iowa Republican party platform. more
Feb. 3, 2016: Scott County caucus-goers made their voices heard. Although Marco Rubio took a slim countywide victory among Republicans, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump had widespread rural support. Bernie Sanders was the top choice for Scott County Democrats. Statewide, Cruz and Hillary Clinton were the victors. more
Editor's note: Margherita Roberti of Davenport, a world famous opera singer who died Jan. 23 at her home in  Rancho Mirage, Calif., was mentioned in 18 "Out and About" columns in 2009-2015 by the late NSP contributing writer Shirley Davis. This column appeared in the Sept. 28, 2011 issue. more
I never did meet my boyhood hero, Hank Aaron, who died Jan. 22 at age 86, in person, though I saw him perform magic with his bat during a few priceless late summer family vacations to Milwaukee County Stadium. more
Jan. 27, 2016: The Iowa High School Athletic Association realigned the state football districts. North Scott would now be in a district with Davenport West, Dubuque Hempstead, Dubuque Senior, Western Dubuque and Pleasant Valley. more
With due respect to Eldridge cartoonist Jim Turley whose work  raises the hope of bringing the nation together, or that any one president and vice president can bring the nation together, that will not happen until there has been truth and reconciliation. more
Jan. 25, 2006: During occasionally contentious conversation, more than 140 concerned citizens met with officials from the U.S. Postal Service about proposed changes to service at the McCausland Post Office. In the short term, residents would have their mail handled by the Long Grove Post Office and would pick up mail in temporary post office boxes. A long-term solution was still up in the air. more
I took my first oath at age 9 when I joined the Cub Scouts: On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Law of the Pack; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight. more
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