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After September 11 and the attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, I remember going down to the sheep barn in the dark one evening and looking up at the night sky. There wasn’t one blinking light to be seen overhead. You couldn’t fly anywhere in this country. An entire ind…

The past few weeks I have been researching the problems that Haiti has been having with their water. It’s for a school project. What I found surprised me because, I don’t know about you, but when I hear people talking about Haiti, I always think about the beautiful Caribbean with tropical fr…

Covid-19 is a virus spread from person to person through respiratory droplets. You can pick it up from touching an infected surface and then touching your face. Last I heard it can live on a surface approximately three day. It can affect anyone but it has a more dire effect on the elderly, c…

One of the best things about working in the library world is the fact that we all want each other to succeed. This means we love to share ideas with each other. Sometimes an idea catches on and spreads throughout the library community. 

Iowans take considerable pleasure in enumerating the various ways our state stands apart from the other 49 states — beyond our endangered first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses.

Fittingly, the announcement came as the Maquoketa Area Chamber of Commerce was holding its annual winter gala at the AmericInn on Saturday night, Jan. 26. As the festivities continued with Las Vegas-style games following the dinner and awards program, a few attendees drifted outside the banq…

The Social Security Administration encourages everyone to establish an online account, called my Social Security, with them. Regardless whether you are a Social Security beneficiary or not, if you are 18 years or older, you can set up your own account online. 

When it comes to seafood, let’s face it, we are pretty much locked in to the big three — shrimp, salmon and tuna — and maybe crab legs when we’re feeling especially flush or just hungry for something exotic.

The Winter Carnival at the Maquoketa Public Library has become a tradition thanks to Miss Colleen Miller, our children’s librarian, and support from our Friends of the Library group and a number of volunteers.

Hers was a Prom Night baby, so she was in labor on a frigid February night. She was the daughter of a wealthy CEO, a bright girl with bright promise. Her parents, important members of the community, were embarrassed and agonized about their only daughter being pregnant. She had college and a…

It was a crisp, chilly, sunny day on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009. I woke up and excitedly put on my red-and-white-striped shirt with three-quarter-length sleeves and my favorite navy-blue skirt covered in tiny white stars. That was the day that my second-grade class was chosen to gather in fron…

Thanks to the generosity of Iowans, all $6 million of the 2020 Endow Iowa State Tax Credits have been awarded. Donors can still make meaningful gifts to the causes they care about and benefit the future of our state through the Community Foundation of Jackson County, an affiliate of the Comm…

The grandparent or family emergency scam is a mainstay in the scammer’s bag of tricks. These calls, usually coming from callers posing as a grandchild, pull at the heart strings of empathetic family, to wring out bond money to get someone out of jail. This is a fairly successful fraud, desig…

Editor’s note: Rob Rotman is a Maquoketa native who has been predicting Academy Award winners for many years. He has been involved in the Chicago theater scene for about three decades. The 92nd annual Academy Awards will be presented Sunday, Feb. 9, on ABC.

There is a retired businessman in western Iowa who bristles every time he reads a newspaper article from somewhere in our state about government officials who have misused their government credit cards for unauthorized purchases.

I had big plans to write this eloquent and positive column for my space this week. But here I am, 7:56 a.m. on deadline day, feverishly trying to write something worth reading. I had what I thought was a nice topic to talk about, and I am still planning to. But, oh, how ironic now. My topic …

Typically at this time of year, a trail of auger holes in the Mississippi River ice maps the travels of hardy winter anglers that are in pursuit of that elusive big fish. However, recent warm temperatures have resulted in open water in many areas and disappointed the ice fishing enthusiast.

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.

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!

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.

Typically at this time of year, a trail of auger holes in the Mississippi River ice maps the travels of hardy winter anglers that are in pursuit of that elusive big fish. However, recent warm temperatures have resulted in open water in many areas and disappointed the ice fishing enthusiast.

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.

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!

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.