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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.

My friends out here in Washington are amazed at the outsized influence a small, aging, largely small town and rural state like Iowa can hold over the eventual selection of a president of the United States. 

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…

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…