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Early on in my NSP career, one of my regular Wednesday routines was making Bizzy Bee ad calls on Mohr Implement in Eldridge, P&W Implement in Donahue and Steve’s Auto Sales in McCausland. more
Who’s crying now? more
Jan. 17, 1996: The Walcott American Legion celebrated its 75th anniversary. The organization was chartered in January of 1921. more
Let's get right to the point: If fans can't go to ballgames, if people are advised not to congregate at civic meetings or churches, if there are limits on group gatherings, then why do 150 Iowa lawmakers think it's safe for them to meet in person at the state capitol next week? more
It’s sometimes hard to believe that a person can leave a huge impact after just four and a half years on the job, but the void left by the retirement of Bruce Schwarz seems to be as big as his oversized personality. more
Jan. 6, 1971: Nearly all of the communities in the North Scott area reported a growth in population, according to 1970 census records. Eldridge emerged as one of the fastest growing towns in Eldridge, with a population increase of 163.3 percent over 1960. more
All year, through the eyes of the one who edits these editorial pages, it seemed readers were engaged more than ever. Our annual compilation of the names of contributors (below) proves it: 224 individuals submitted 390 letters, "roses" and Op-Ed pieces, not counting NSP staff writers and Kathy O'Bradovich of Iowa Capital Dispatch, which was one of the best new things to happen this year. more
Covid. Quarantine. Shelter in place and socially distanced. more
Wrap up the year with the superlative of your choice: Worst. Toughest. Awfulest. more
Jan. 3, 1996: Local and national reporters were stunned after they were banned from an open town hall meeting with Republican presidential candidate Sen. Bob Dole at Pleasant Valley High School. The reporters were given no reason for being shut out, and campaign officials later admitted the incident had been a mistake. more
I received a letter that touched my heart this week from a reader in appreciation of my Oct. 29 column naming the souls departed this year for All Saints Day. "I was smiling through my tears as I read (my family members') names," it read. more
As Christmas draws closer and closer, and memories of Christmases past continue to meander through my head, I’m constantly reminded that this Christmas will be like none other. more
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