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Editor’s note: Larry Ambrosy of Bellevue brought a chapter of a history book pertaining to Iowa to the newspaper’s attention. The book, titled “Iowa: The Land Across the River” by Don Doyle Brown (1977), contains a segment on the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraham…

My family and friends tell me they can always tell when I am angry or really passionate about a subject because I start talking faster than usual and I don’t complete my sentences. I will do my best to express my frustration to you, but fair warning — I’ve got a full head of steam on this issue.

Schools across Iowa had been dark for more than a week because of winter vacation. But a Des Moines teacher still managed to teach a very important lesson during that time – but this lesson wasn’t aimed at the kids she normally works with. It was intended for adults.

While Maquoketa boasts a beautiful library, the same could not be said for our library website. In fact, I have rarely directed anyone to it until now. 

It has been 10 years since I retired as editor of the Bellevue Herald-Leader, the fastest decade of my life. That first week when deadline came and went and I did not have to worry about getting the paper out was like being shot at, and they missed!

In “The Merchant of Venice,” William Shakespeare reminded the world: “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”  

This column is not meant to make you sad or persuade you into a decision that may not be right for you. But ‘tis the season for giving so I will say this: I certainly don’t know what goes on in a dog or cat’s mind, but as a dual transplant recipient in January this year, I do know what it is…

Editor’s note: Duane “Dunes” Schroeder died Nov. 30 after battling pancreatic cancer. He wrote this letter to the community before his death, according to his brother, Al Schroeder, who brought the letter to the Sentinel-Press. He asked for it to be printed and shared with the many people wh…

Mark Cady was right at home at the piano and was an occasional singer, too, maybe best known among family and friends for his rendition of “Easter Parade” each New Year’s Eve — a whimsical tidbit that widened the eyes of some people at his funeral last week.

I would stop at the small bookshop several times a week to get coffee, or meet a friend, or sit at a quiet table to write, or wander through the shelves of books. A visit there was never complete without a conversation with the proprietor.

Many people in Maquoketa, like myself, recently received a letter asking for donations to help the Maquoketa Community Cupboard buy food to feed those in need. This letter reminded me of a comment made to me recently by Sarah, my daughter who lives in Alaska. Over a year ago now, she suffere…

Publishers Clearing House organized as a mail-order magazine subscription service in 1953 and started awarding its sweepstakes prizes in 1967. I’m willing to wager it wasn’t too long after 1967, that the first Publishers Clearing House scam popped up. 

Every year that passes the Liberals, Progressives, Democrats & some Republicans keep destroying our Constitution & Freedom. They keep pushing America towards Socialism. Socialism is what our Founders took us from to give us our Constitution & Freedom. 

Before we race off to various shopping malls and department stores looking for the best deals, we usually gather around a table and pass delicious dishes from one to the other. 

I am hearing on a weekly basis from people receiving messages through Facebook from “friends” who try to convince the receiving party they are eligible for a big grant or prize. To receive said prize or grant, the receiver of the message must get in touch, through text messaging or email, wi…

Iowa Freedom of Information Laws, otherwise known as sunshine laws, assume that meetings and records are open. Iowans do not have to make a case to attend a governmental meeting or to see a public record. To the contrary, meetings must be open and records must be available for inspection unl…

After approving $1.2 million in budget reductions for the current fiscal year, the Eastern Iowa Mental Health Region is advocating for the ability to adjust its levy cap for mental health and disability services, Fiscal Agent David Farmer told the Clinton County Board of Supervisors.

Book clubs are kind of my thing. Back before I was a library director and the only work I did in a library was on a volunteer basis, I started a book club with some friends of mine in Cedar Rapids. I loved reading books and I loved talking about books, so it was a natural fit for me. When I …

I don’t recall just when I donated my first unit of blood. Despite handling news releases for years announcing a local blood drive hosted by a service organization, church or high school group, I put off the mission myself for years on grounds that between work and family I was too busy and …