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My first thoughts on learning of the passing of Dr. Arnold Lindaman, 85, the former North Scott curriculum director and assistant superintendent, in an email to his daughter-in-law, Tracy Lindaman, on Monday, Nov. 15: more
Nov. 23, 2016: Shawn Loter, a longtime Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds employee, was hired to replace Bob Fox as general manager of the Fair. Loter was set to begin his duties Jan. 1. more
In November 2013, I had the good fortune to be a guardian on the Quad City Honor Flight to our nation's capital. Carl Hay, of Blue Grass, then 83, was a Korean War veteran whose biography matches Tom Brokaw's "Greatest Generation." more
There’s no question that the recent Eldridge city and North Scott school board elections drew passing grades in terms of voter participation, but the same can’t be said for the new voting laws passed by the Iowa legislature last June. more
Nov. 20, 1996: Representatives of McGinnis, Chambers & Sass Funeral Home and TWC Funeral Homes of Minneapolis officially broke ground for the new funeral home, which would be located in the old Eldridge Hardware Store on North 2nd Street. more
In our city and school elections, the voters have spoken, the winners have been congratulated, and those who got fewer votes (spare me using the word "losers") have conceded. Nobody who puts his or her name on the line is a loser. In our nation's 231-year-old democracy, those with fewer votes have always conceded, until the presidential election of 2020, but let's not go there. more
Sports seasons come and go. Like an endless cycle, one year always leads to another. The cast of characters changes, but state championships are the ultimate dream of every high school athlete. more
Nov. 12, 1981: Cox Cable Quint Cities asked the city council for a rate increase in Eldridge cable TV service. The proposed rate was $8.95, $1 more than the current rate. The company said the increase was justified due to rising costs, such as gas and vehicle maintenance, copyright fees and electricity. The council tabled the request, and turned the matter over to the town Cable TV Commission, who would study it and make a recommendation. Council member Paul Meredith said it seemed in “poor taste” for the company to raise rates right after it hooked up the system. more
In Flanders Fields the poppies blow ... more
Nov. 2, 2016: Helium Trampoline Park opened in the old Bawden Printing building in Eldridge. The building was purchased by Cedar Rapids-based AirFX in 2015 and was heavily remodeled into the trampoline park. more
I had planned to do my All Saints Day column this week, but it will wait. All Saints Day is Nov. 1, next Monday, and churches who observe this day to lift up departed loved ones in the past  – year will be doing so on Nov. 8. more
It was the Thursday night before North Scott’s final regular season football game in Mount Pleasant, and the Lancer volleyball team was opening postseason play in The Pit against Burlington. more
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