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Iowans looking for a break from isolation brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic bought far more hunting and fishing licenses than usual, state records show.

Planning a county fair requires a lot of work – and a long checklist – according to Lanny Simpson, Jackson County’s longtime fair manager. 

Working on a four-day deadline, county supervisors agreed to lend money to the Together We Build committee to cover a financing gap and help apply for a state grant.

Maquoketa needs more residential housing, and community amenities such as an outdoor pool would be a perk, according to locals who participated in a hospital property reuse workshop in March.

Fourteen students submitted their work to Your Words, Your Poem: The Coronavirus and Me, a local contest sponsored by the Maquoketa Art Experience and the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press. The contest, in honor of National Poetry Month in April, was an opportunity for students to express their feeli…

Façade remodeling began in downtown Maquoketa and made people reminisce about Pronto Pizza when construction work uncovered this advertising on the former pizzeria’s building in the 200 block of South Main Street. The owners’ daughter, Denise Schmitz Swanson, said her parents owned Pronto Pi…

A group of former Jackson County Regional Health Center employees treated a patient and staff to live music by singing outside a hospital window earlier this month. The group could not enter the hospital due to the coronavirus pandemic but still found a unique way to entertain staff and patients.

Six area members of the 2020 graduating class have been selected to receive $800 Jackson County Agricultural Scholarships to provide financial assistance as they embark on their college careers this fall. 

The annual Jackson County Pro Rodeo, which is usually held the third week in June, has been rescheduled to Sept. 10-12, said officials from the Bellevue Horsemen’s Club, where the event is conducted.

DuTrac Community Credit Union gifted $1.3 million to the Iowa Credit Union Foundation (ICUF) to establish the new DuTrac Community Credit Union Fund. 

The youth summer camps at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges’ Clinton, Muscatine and Scott community colleges are a choice for parents who are looking for something different to engage their daughters and sons during the summer months.

Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that Iowa hospitals are prepared to manage COVID-19 cases as she reopens hair and nail salons, barber shops and massage therapy businesses statewide starting Friday, as well as businesses like retail stores, restaurants and fitness centers in the 22 counties …

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Tess Nissen’s New York City apartment is between two of the busiest avenues in the East Village. Normally, the neighborhood bustles with taxicabs and delivery trucks, people speeding by on bicycles or jostling shoulder-to-shoulder as they stride along narrow sidewalks.

For the first time in nearly six decades, there will be no parade, no ski show, no live bands and beers at Cole Park and no fireworks display on the river.

Absentee ballot requests soared last week as state and local officials urged Iowans to vote absentee in the June 2 primary to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.