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Spring is just around the corner. It’s time to check plant damage from the heavy snow and ice we experienced this winter. Granted some damage cannot be detected yet but it’s in best interest to keep tabs on your plantings.

The Maquoketa Garden Club will hold the monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 20, beginning at 1 p.m. at Pearson Memorial Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, Maquoketa. 

• The Clinton Community College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society hosted a virtual induction ceremony Tuesday, March 9, 2021.  Forty-four members were inducted into the CCC Alpha Theta Beta Chapter.

Genesis VNA/Jackson County Community Health at the Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, announced the toenail/foot care clinics planned for 2021.


Holly Parmer, Lin Redling, Caroline Bybee and Barbara Pestka presented a program to members of the Maquoketa Woman’s Club entitled “Diversity Conversation.” 

Easter lilies are the perfect symbol to mark not only the religious Easter services but the beginning of a most anticipated season, that of spring. The large white, trumpet shaped flowers bring a bit of spring fragrance into the home but can also be enjoyed outdoors later in the season. 

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Sacred Heart Church in Maquoketa and St. Joseph’s Church in Preston celebrated the sacrament of confirmation on March 24 in Preston. The 2021 confirmation class included first row from left, Emily Kloft, Grace Wing, Maddie Gehl, Kasey Coakley, Caide Steffen and Carson Cornelius. In the secon…

This year’s Maquoketa Optimist essay topic was “Reaching your Dreams by Choosing Optimism.” It was an interesting topic for students to explore and write about during this time of the coronavirus pandemic. 

• AMES - This fall, 2,001 students earned degrees from Iowa State University. The graduates were recognized in a virtual ceremony due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steven and Deborah Reed of La Harpe, Illinois, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kourtni Ann Reed, to Jonathan Patrick Bopes, son of Lynn Bopes and the late Brian Bopes of Maquoketa.

• Upper Iowa University, Fayette, is pleased to announce Amanda Carr of Maquoketa graduated with a bachelor of science degree in health services administration in October 2020.

Have you ever wanted to learn what wildflowers bloom in the spring? Here is your opportunity to learn what spring wildflowers you can see here in the woods in Jackson County from the comfort of your own home before you go out and search the woods. 

Maquoketa Optimist Club purchased a new chair from Furniture and Mattress Line in Maquoketa for Andrew Little Leaders to be used in the baby room. The chair will be used to feed, rock, and to cuddle with the babies. Pictured from the left, Little Leaders Staff Riley Waack, Kate Krabbenhoft, …

Genesis VNA/Jackson County Community Health at the Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, announced the toenail/foot care clinics planned for 2021.

Have you ever wondered why conservation agencies burn their prairies in the spring? Spring is the time of year where conservation managers conduct prescribed burn on prairies and grasslands to promote native plant growth and to combat unwanted species. 

Genesis VNA/Jackson County Community Health at the Jackson County Regional Health Center, Maquoketa, announced the 2021 dates of the child immunization clinics.

There are great ways to teach math and reading while cooking or baking with children. Children can be helped tremendously by showing them that math and reading can be fun and a part of everyday life.

Mark Bormann, left, of Preston, and Kevin Holdgrafer of Spragueville claimed a jackpot prize of $61,795. The two Jackson County friends split a Jackpot Party Progressive InstaPlay prize from a ticket they bought in Davenport. They claimed their prize at the lottery’s Cedar Rapids regional office.

Since the winter seems exceptionally long and it’s been very distressing with the pandemic and the political picture, I suggest you do what I have been doing – turn off the TV and get a good book or seed catalog to read while sipping a cup of mint tea. Since mint is a calming, relaxing herb,…

Modern conservation efforts have been spearheaded by voices and work from those in all walks of life. Time will be spent learning more about some of the women whose dedication and perseverance has shaped and will continue to change striving to protect the environment. 

• Maquoketa’s Peace Pipe Players Community Theatre has announced that they are now accepting applications for their $500 performing arts scholarship to be awarded to a single student in our area who has been involved in theatre, speech, dance, or music.

• Fidelity Bank & Trust has announced that scholarship applications are now available for the 2021 College Scholarship Program.

The Maquoketa Lions Club and the Maquoketa Optimist Club went together to purchase a pair of shoes and a package of socks for each child in the Headstart program. Pictured, from the left, Ray Leblanc from the Maquoketa Lions Club, Headstart kids, and Kate Krabbenhoft from the Maquoketa Optim…

• Clinton – At MercyOne, building and retaining a strong, professional health care workforce in the Clinton area is a top priority. To help achieve this goal, MercyOne Clinton Foundation annually offers scholarships for area students who are pursuing a health-related field.

The Jackson County Regional Health Center Auxiliary Melba Kunde Scholarship Committee is offering scholarship to students in the Jackson County Regional Health Center service area, who are pursuing health-related professions career, and are second, third or fourth year students, having succe…