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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 …

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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.

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 …

October is my favorite month of the year. The air gets cooler, the leaves change color, and scary books and movies are front and center. They are certainly front and center here at the library along with plenty of spooky decorations. 

I see you, Maquoketa. Very intimately, in fact. Sorry it took so long for me to come around to your innate beauty. Please don’t call me shallow for not seeing you for who you truly are from the beginning. Sometimes it takes a little time getting to know each other before you can take your re…

One of the things our patrons and book worms like me always look forward to is new books. I wrote a few months ago about how we’ve expanded the number of books we get automatically to include many of our most popular authors such as James Patterson, Danielle Steel, and Lee Child. This means …

It was the 1953-54 school year. As the fall term opened, Dwight Eisenhower was in the first of his eight years as president and a 27-year-old Queen Elizabeth II had ascended the throne just three months before. An uneasy truce reached that summer had ended three years of fighting in Korea. T…

A copy of this letter was delivered Thursday to Maquoketa City Hall f or each city official listed.

On Thursday, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department fulfilled our second open records request for the call histories of three taxpayer-owned cell phones in the department. 

Chuck Wilson, 73, passed away July 30 after losing a battle with cancer. I may have not known Chuck as well as some athletes, but it was a thrill to watch his efforts during my maiden years as a sportswriter.

There are many competing proposals to lowering healthcare costs in Congress. PBMs, middlemen in prescription drug benefits, are inflating prescription costs by gaming a Medicare regulation loophole called DIR fees. However, another topic is equally important: ensuring prescription medicines …