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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.

The cycle of friendships formed in grade school starts out innocently enough with birthdays, graduations, first from high school and then college or basic training. 

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…

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. 

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.

Words. Why do they have to be so complicated sometimes? Maybe it’s because, in a single issue of the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, if you read every story, you could have consumed 23,646 of them. Even more if you read all the ads (which I hope you did!). 

A survey of Eastern Iowa Democratic base and swing voters found a nervous electorate either supporting President Donald Trump for re-election or unsure of how to defeat him in 2020.

It was Valentine’s Day 29 years ago, and I was crawling along at a snail’s pace in my 1979, rear-wheel drive Buick Regal during the evening rush hour on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. 

Door-to-door peddlers are something I associate with the milder seasons of spring and summer. So I felt pretty surprised to hear a Clinton woman’s complaint of losing over $10,000 to a crew of door-to-door driveway pavers in December 2018. But it happened. Perhaps the milder-than-normal Dece…

Go into almost any supermarket, pharmacy, convenience store, or other “big box” location, and it is hard not to see the wide variety of gift cards and reload cards offered for sale. A lot of the time, they appear on the endcaps, or the ends of the aisles. 

Working in mental health, I hear stories of trauma every day. Sometimes they’re told with a sense of ease, an event that happened long ago and has been healed and scarred. Other times they’re told with tears streaming and shakiness in each word — an incident they may be verbally expressing f…