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Anyone who reads more than a few of my columns knows I harp repeatedly on scammers who pressure people to pay for scams using money wiring services, such as Western Union and Moneygram. Anybody in the consumer protection business knew for decades that wiring money is a favorite payment metho…

The weekend before Christmas I had the chance to return to my hometown in Northwest Indiana to celebrate with my five siblings. I keep in touch with all of them regularly, but with one of my sisters living overseas with her family and another living in North Carolina, it’s not often that we …

Hello. My name is Jordan Berner and I am a student in Mr. Tod Bowman’s American National Government class. For my civic engagement project, I chose sports betting. Here are some reasons why sports betting should be legal in Iowa: It’s already legal in Delaware, Nevada, Montana, and Oregon, s…

As co-chairman of the recent 2018 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, I have many people to thank, starting with the hundreds of volunteers who rang the bells at Fareway and Wal-Mart no matter how bad the weather was. Thanks to the management at Fareway and Wal-Mart for allowing us to work i…

OK people are ranting and raving about things concerning the city of Maquoketa. Why not attend a city Council meeting first and third Mondays of every month or get a hold of your city council members? Their names and numbers are on the city’s website Maquoketaia.com. This is how real governm…

Disclaimer: This article contains sensitive information about Santa Claus that may be disturbing to some readers, especially if Santa is not your parents sneaking to the tree in the middle of the night. If you are under the age of nine, please flip to sports or the sudoku puzzle. Reader disc…

As the holidays approach and donation requests rise, you may come across more naughty than nice. Scammers will take advantage of your generosity all year long, but especially during the holidays.

A couple of months ago I wrote about the authenticity of online reviews of products and services. A major problem with these reviews I described was a thriving cottage industry of fake review writers, who get paid by sketchy merchants to write positive reviews, which appear on various websit…

Auditor of State Mary Mosiman released details of an agreed-upon procedures report on the city of LaMotte for the period Jan 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017. 

Editor’s note: Fifth-grader Mia Reicks was asked by Sentinel-Press Creative Director Brooke Taylor to write a guest column after reading her submission in our Red Ribbon Week special section. In her submission, Mia wrote that she wanted to be a journalist when she grew up. 

Victory Gold Corporation placed an ad in the Clinton Heraldin early August, offering to buy coins, collectibles, gold or silver jewelry, or “all forms of gold and silver.” They set up shop at the Hampton Inn on Wild Rose Drive in Clinton for six days, Aug. 13-18. Their ad also featured a cou…

As we exit the lemonade season and approach the upcoming fall, I’m sure ticks are the farthest thing from your mind. But it shouldn’t be—the season lasts from May to November and Lyme disease, from tick bites, is on the rise. 

I’ll level with you. One of the key reasons Brenda and I decided to spend part of the year in the Northwest was to see if we could start over again, make new relationships with friends, become part of a community. 

I want to talk about something that is extremely taboo in families. Even more taboo than views on religion and abortion. Some people cannot even comprehend how this can be a “thing” — even the survivors who are labeled with its diagnoses. 

What a treat to attend “Hot Tamale Louie, the Story of Zarif Kahn” at the Maquoketa Art Experience recently. This little-known but fascinating part of America’s immigrant history was accompanied by wonderfully unique music performed by composer/pianist John Rapson and his multi-talented band…

The slowly unfolding and still-unexplained story of Christine Snell’s departure from the Maquoketa Community School District appears to be grinding toward its end.

The fall season is officially upon us. Grab your coffee (or, if you prefer; hot chocolate), ponchos, sweaters, and lace up your boots. There’s a crisp chill in the air and the leaves are slowly dancing toward the ground. But if it’s too cold outside for you, I know just the place where you c…

Editor’s note: John Brassard Jr.’s monthly column documents Clinton County’s history through anecdotes and research. This particular column details a Delmar murder scene in detail. Reader discretion is advised. 

I hear people complaining about how things are being run on every level of government, but they refused to vote or they say I don’t give an expletive, and my response to that is if you don’t vote you have no right to complain.

Note: 2018 marks the 150th birthday of Robert A. Millikan, the first American-born scientist to win the Nobel Prize for physics. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1885 and throughout his life credited his success to his early upbringing in Maquoketa.

When Joe Bisinger was going through some old family photographs he had inherited from an uncle, he found a wedding picture of his grandparents. There also was a photo of an aunt before she passed away during a diphtheria outbreak in the 1930s when she was a 3-year-old toddler. He thought som…