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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 …

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. 

Todd Skrivseth has been associated with basketball success since playing on Maquoketa Cardinals teams that were Big Bend champion in 1989-90 and 1990-91.

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…

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. 

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…

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. 

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.

Don’t tell him this, but one of the most satisfying activities I’ve enjoyed in retirement has been the privilege of editing and helping to organize the book Maquoketa’s Glen “Red” Henton published last summer, “No Time for Boredom,” recounting highlights of his grand life.

I was able to walk past our modern stuff — the tractors, the combine, the semis — without a flinch. I made it past an assortment of rusted chisel plows, cultivators and hoes with a stiff upper lip.