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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!

There I was; dipping my hand into a fresh bag of Lay’s dill pickle chips, binge watching Netflix shows, and sipping on a Mr. Pibb. I had been there pretty much the entire time since I had gotten home from work. 

In the 2012 election in Clinton County, the Democratic nominee for president, Barack Obama, annihilated his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, by 23 percentage points.

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.

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. 

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…

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 …

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. 

As the nation mourns the deaths of the 31 people killed in last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, discussion is renewed over the causes of these tragedies and ways to prevent them. Re-enacting the ban on assault weapons such as the AR-15 and high-capacity magazine…

Cybersecurity is present in every aspect of our lives, whether it be at home, work, school, or on the go. The Department of Revenue wants to increase your awareness of cybersecurity and protect yourself online.

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. 

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…