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…

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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…

Miles soldier held vital hill to protect Allied beachhead breakout at Normandy

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…

On his graduation from the University of Northern Iowa in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in management, Joe Otting faced a job choice. The Maquoketa native weighed an offer from Coca-Cola to move to Atlanta and go to work for $24,000 a year with a car provided. Another offer came from Bank of…

Anyone who reads more than a few of my columns knows I harp repeatedly on scammers who pressure people to pay for scams using money wiring services, such as Western Union and Moneygram. Anybody in the consumer protection business knew for decades that wiring money is a favorite payment metho…

The weekend before Christmas I had the chance to return to my hometown in Northwest Indiana to celebrate with my five siblings. I keep in touch with all of them regularly, but with one of my sisters living overseas with her family and another living in North Carolina, it’s not often that we …

Disclaimer: This article contains sensitive information about Santa Claus that may be disturbing to some readers, especially if Santa is not your parents sneaking to the tree in the middle of the night. If you are under the age of nine, please flip to sports or the sudoku puzzle. Reader disc…

As the holidays approach and donation requests rise, you may come across more naughty than nice. Scammers will take advantage of your generosity all year long, but especially during the holidays.

A couple of months ago I wrote about the authenticity of online reviews of products and services. A major problem with these reviews I described was a thriving cottage industry of fake review writers, who get paid by sketchy merchants to write positive reviews, which appear on various websit…