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A few weeks ago I was talking with a local resident about the newspaper’s coverage of the police call involving Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance and how law enforcement officials in Clinton and Jackson counties handled it.

The Apollo 11 mission that landed the first two humans on the moon 50 years ago next month is one of those epochal events, like the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, in which anyone who was alive and at least of adolescent age at the time will remember…

Summer is here! That means Summer Reading and the busiest time of the year for us at the library are upon us. As always, we are offering programs and chances to win some great prizes for patrons of all ages. 

In this space Sunday, we commented on the value of body-worn cameras for law enforcement officers and stated that policies and laws supporting public release of their images can go a long way toward accountability and, in most cases, community support and confidence.

Note:June 6, 2019, marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Normandy, France, in World War II. Recently, Preston native Laurel Gruhn and family made the trip back to Mortain — a trip her father, World War II veteran Reynold Erichson, was unable to make. Gruhn recounts…

The mere mention of the word “tariff” will get you swift reaction whereever farmers gather for coffee these days. Tariffs are now a litmus test for the true Trump believer. If the economy goes into recession in 2020, a growing possibility, tariffs are going to bear considerable blame.

Note:June 6, 2019, marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied forces invaded Normandy, France, in World War II. The following story is part two of an article about a soldier from Miles who served in the invasion. The story was written by the late Robert Melvold (also a World War II ve…

This note will be my final word to those receiving the Sentinel. For 13 years I have been pastor of the United Methodist Church here in Maquoketa. Much has changed during that time. The biggest transition for us is seeing the last of four children graduate from high school and move on to college. 

Reynold Erichson received the U.S. Army’s Distinguished Service Award, second in prestige to only the Medal of Honor. He also received the Croix de Guerre from the French government (shown). 

In August 2017, the Maquoketa Community School District switched to Lunchtime Solutions for a healthier option at lunch. I really like the new salad bar with fresh fruits and veggies, and the delicious desserts that they have one or two times a week. 

Editor’s Note: Racquel Banks-Mento, 14, is an eighth-grader at Maquoketa Middle School. Her family moved from Chicago, Illinois, to Maquoketa this school year. She participated in two local essay contests — the VFW Patriot’s Pen and the Optimist essay contest. She earned first place in both.…

Many important facts from the April 6 police call involving Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance have started to come into focus, no thanks at all to Clinton County law enforcement officials who would like the story to go away.

John Cressey once explained to me the difference between cement and concrete. I was reminded of this when Pastor Jeff Dadisman offered the same recollection during the celebration of life service for John Friday morning, May 10, at First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa.

The Iowa State Data Center says in 2018, there were 224 children in Clinton County’s foster care system, 28 in Jackson County, 192 in Dubuque County and 442 in Scott County for a total of 886. 

Iowa is still ranked 49th in humane companion animal laws because the legislature failed to act. There were several bills that could have improved the lives of pets in Iowa. One bill passed the House unanimously. The Senate leader, Jack Whitver, refused to let the bill come up for a vote in …

A recent news release from the FBI told a story tied nicely tied together three different types of scams — ransomware, gift card scams, and money mules. Each of these is quite topical, and I’ve seen far too often. 

Whether you are a Republican, a Democrat, an independent or something else, State Rep. Andy McKean set a sound example earlier this week when he turned away from his former political party and publicly explained his reasons.

I was first elected to the legislature back in 1978 when I was still in my late 20s. After serving seven terms in the House, I moved to the Senate for three terms where I served as Chair of the Judiciary Committee and President Pro Tem. Highlights of those years included the opportunity to p…

A couple of weeks ago Nancy and I traveled back to our alma mater, Indiana State University, to listen to Washington Post associate editor and international affairs columnist David Ignatius speak during a special event.

Did you know that the average man spends five years and four months on social media, while he only spends one year and three months socializing face-to-face? You could have flown to the moon and back 32 times, ran 10,000 marathons, or watched the Simpsons series 215 times in that time. 

With high school graduation less than a month away, now is the time for seniors to decide what they’d like to do next. The good news is that students have a wide range of options available. Whether it’s a four- or two-year degree or short-term career training, they have much to choose from i…