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The call last Thursday from Bobbi Noel-Behrens stopped me in my tracks. She was giving The NSP a heads up that her mother- and father-in-law, Marian and Lorenz Behrens, are moving to Bloomington, Ill., on Sept. 19 to be near their son, Marty, and his wife, Susan. Marty is an electrical engineer with Illinois Power, which is now called Ameren. more
There were several things out of the ordinary Thursday morning as the North Scott Educational Foundation held its monthly meeting. more
Sept. 18, 1980: Phase One of a plan to develop 42 acres of parkland in north Eldridge was under way. Two baseball diamonds would be ready for play by the spring. Eldridge Park Board member Butch Blanche also said dirt work was complete, and the south entry road was graded and ready to be graveled. It was estimated that the park, which would later be known as Sheridan Meadows, would be complete in five to six years. more
If you’re too sick to go to school, you can’t go outside and play. If you don’t finish your homework, you can’t watch TV. If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat? more
"The current occupant of the White House has berated veterans, retired and active duty military personnel and their families. He has shown repeatedly that he is unfit to lead our country and our military ..." more
"Unlike Trump, do not believe everything you read. Every day Trump seems to dream up some new crazy conspiracy ..." more
"For the first time, the Princeton 5K event is approved and endorsed by the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative for taking charge in improving the health of Iowans ..." more
On a bright and sunny pandemic day in early March, I received a text message from an old college friend about his spring break travel plans. “Nice time to get into the travel business, huh? … more
Since 1977, when the Iowa State v. Iowa football rivalry was renewed after a 33-year hiatus, "Impressions" has opined the week of the game about the upcoming tilt. more
Tom Vilsack offered his best pitch for Joe Biden, then dissected the president’s trade deals, but respectfully declined to associate Ambassador Terry Branstad with any aspect of today’s U.S. relationship with China. more
Sept. 13, 1995: A proposed youth camp for non-violent offenders that would have been started at Hidden Oaks Camp, near Donahue and Dixon, was cancelled due to community outcry and zoning issues. The camp, which was to have been managed by Family Resources Inc., would have served 24 young men aged 15-17. More than 300 residents of Donahue and Dixon voiced opposition, citing safety concerns and a lack of communication from Family Resources. more
The coronavirus has changed the way we work, in many cases forever. The pandemic has also brought into sharp focus the powerless state of workers here in Iowa and the employer-driven policies that intentionally keep it that way. more
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