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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…

Victory Gold Corporation placed an ad in the Clinton Heraldin early August, offering to buy coins, collectibles, gold or silver jewelry, or “all forms of gold and silver.” They set up shop at the Hampton Inn on Wild Rose Drive in Clinton for six days, Aug. 13-18. Their ad also featured a cou…

I’ll level with you. One of the key reasons Brenda and I decided to spend part of the year in the Northwest was to see if we could start over again, make new relationships with friends, become part of a community. 

I want to talk about something that is extremely taboo in families. Even more taboo than views on religion and abortion. Some people cannot even comprehend how this can be a “thing” — even the survivors who are labeled with its diagnoses. 

The slowly unfolding and still-unexplained story of Christine Snell’s departure from the Maquoketa Community School District appears to be grinding toward its end.

The fall season is officially upon us. Grab your coffee (or, if you prefer; hot chocolate), ponchos, sweaters, and lace up your boots. There’s a crisp chill in the air and the leaves are slowly dancing toward the ground. But if it’s too cold outside for you, I know just the place where you c…

Editor’s note: John Brassard Jr.’s monthly column documents Clinton County’s history through anecdotes and research. This particular column details a Delmar murder scene in detail. Reader discretion is advised. 

When Joe Bisinger was going through some old family photographs he had inherited from an uncle, he found a wedding picture of his grandparents. There also was a photo of an aunt before she passed away during a diphtheria outbreak in the 1930s when she was a 3-year-old toddler. He thought som…

The Maquoketa Community School District has come to terms with former middle school principal Christine Snell, but it still has not explained itself to the taxpayers who are on the hook for the $122,500 settlement.

In my job as a pysch consultant in Dubuque, I have noticed how often we admit geriatric patients who reside in a “memory unit” or some dementia-related care facility. Sometimes they are sent to psychiatric services because they become so confused they become agitated, and in turn become aggr…

Note: 2018 marks the 150th birthday of Robert A. Millikan, the first American-born scientist to win the Nobel Prize for physics. He graduated from Maquoketa High School in 1885 and throughout his life credited his success to his early upbringing in Maquoketa.

When it comes to discrimination, the Iowa Code is clear. It is against the law to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and other categories in hiring someone, selling, leasing or renting property, serving someone in a restaurant, selecting a jury, denying insurance or cred…