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Here’s a line from a newscast last week that maybe you heard before. “There’s been a massive data breach that’s compromised sensitive information for millions of people.” This time it was Capital One, a bank holding company specializing in credit cards and auto loans, the 10th-largest bank i…

The organizers of BOOM! want to extend our sincere thanks for the loyal support of this philanthropic group over the past four years. Working together and pooling our resources, we have been able to support 13 different local organizations with a financial boost of nearly $20,000. 

The 2019 elections for school board elections will take place Tuesday, Nov. 5. If you are interested in running for school board in Iowa, here are some important dates: Aug. 26, first day to file papers; and Sept. 19, last day to file papers. Nomination papers may be picked up at the superin…

Well done and a smart use of grant money for the community! We took our grandkids ages 1 and 2 to the new Delmar Splash Pad in late June and they absolutely loved it! There were two other families with kids ranging from 2 months to 9 years old all having a great time. It’s a success when you…

If you’ve stopped by the library over the last few years and have seen a tall woman typing away at a very disorganized desk behind the circulation counter, that would be me—my name is Jillian Aschliman, and I am your local librarian. I’m celebrating my third anniversary of working for the Fr…

 Remember the grandparent scam? Someone calls you posing as your grandchild — or much less frequently, some other relative — and needs money right away to get bailed out of jail? 

Now that we’ve fully adjusted to a well-deserved summer vacation following a long school year with double-digits in no-school snow days, it’s time to gently peek ahead to what’s new at Northeast for the 2019-20 school year. 

Wow! Every year we wonder what will happen this year and it never fails, but we have an absolutely great parade. We first want to thank all the participants in the parade. Without you we would not have a great parade. DeWitt Fire Department allowed Charlotte and Goose Lake Fire departments t…

It’s been a long day. I have survived the work day, made the trek across the I-74 Bridge with moderate frustration, let the dog out, and now I can breathe. I’ve got my chips, my Dr. Pepper, and my PJs on. All that’s left is my couch and my creepy Netflix shows on crime and unsolved cases.

On June 21, my husband, Robert, and I had just returned from a 2½-month visit with ailing family members in Europe. We were so jet-lagged that my English-speaking skills were virtually nonexistent after spending the past few months speaking three other languages.

Many readers called over the last several years to report calls offering “free” medical knee or back orthotic braces. In the last couple of months, two readers reported actually receiving such braces, without consulting anyone, or authorizing such a transaction. 

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.

Last weekend was DeWitt’s 25th high school reunion. Having attended my own 50th reunion out of state two weeks before DeWitt’s, I couldn’t help but jog my memory to see how 25 years changed my perspective. Picture yourself in this sampling of mental vignettes, which could be from your own 25…

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…

I’ve been meaning to contact you and congratulate you on the exceptional reporting you folks have done regarding the assistant county attorney. I know it was difficult to keep pushing people for answers, especially when those people are folks you work with every day. Being a reporter is rare…

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…

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 about a soldier from Miles who served in the invasion. The story was written by the late Robert Melvold (also a World War II veteran) and first appear…

In 1832, the Blackhawk Treaty called for all members of the Sauk and Meskwaki Tribes to move west from their homes near the Mississippi River. While most did, there were still some of them who lingered behind, still enjoying the lands that they called home. 

An educational acronym that has become very prevalent lately is CTE. It stands for Career Technical Education. CTE provides students of all ages with the academic and technical skills, knowledge and training necessary to succeed in future careers and to become lifelong learners. In total, ab…

Eden Valley is located about two miles south of Baldwin or two miles west then five miles north of Lost Nation. Nestled in the hills and bluffs along Bear Creek, it is, without a doubt, one of our most beautiful parks. With its picturesque hiking trails, a swinging bridge, observation tower,…

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.

My name is Derek Fox. I’m 24 years old and live/work in DeWitt. As a high school senior at Central DeWitt Community High School in 2013, I was the recipient of the Dennis Barr Scholarship. I could not be more thankful of the positive impact it has had on my life. The scholarship was awarded …

I had been in the school system several years when I met Mary Landau. My office was just down the hall from hers. Mary truly cared for the students – but was not a pushover for their excuses! She was (is) fair and respectful.

With everything that seems to bombard social media and the news like school shootings, corruption, racism, and hate, it’s easy for me as a high school student to feel that nothing I do will change anything. 

The staff and I at United Way of Clinton County would like to thank the community for participating in our Flowers Just Because fundraiser April 24. We were able to distribute just over 400 bouquets of spring flowers in two hours! We could not have done so without our fantastic volunteer dri…

During our senior year, we encounter many lasts: Last-first day of high school, last school dance, last time opening our lockers, last time putting on the jersey that reads Sabers across the back, and most importantly, last time competing under the lights of the field or court we called home…

“You’ll have to give us the recipe for these fantastic bars,” said our professor as he bit into his third one at our class potluck and I just looked at him and smiled but my mind went wild because no way could I replicate anything about that recipe but if he knew what had gone into making th…

After months and months of receiving dozens of complaints about robocalls from the “Internal Revenue Service,” the scam completely disappeared and dropped off the radar in January 2019. 

During the 2018 legislative session, Iowa lawmakers passed a law requiring all school districts to update current response and safety plans. Calamus-Wheatland Community School District, along with other local districts, has partnered with NaviGate Prepared to enhance our school safety plan p…

As I sit here in front of my computer, trying to gather my thoughts on what to compile in this letter, my mind is flooded with the rumors that I’ve heard about myself over the past month. Trying to keep my spirits high and conduct business as usual I’ve brushed the things off, thinking that …

March 15-17, 2019, marked the 100th Birthday of The American Legion. Posts across the Department of Iowa, and the nation, are planning and conducting celebrations this year to commemorate this milestone – and we have a lot to celebrate. For 100 years we have been serving our communities, sta…

When the first settlers arrived in Clinton County, the first thing that they saw past the river bluffs were vast stretches of grass. Streams cut their way through this sea of green, and trees grew sporadically along their banks. 

What I’m about to tell you will all sound “too good to be true” and you’ll keep waiting for the “catch” when you learn that this Small Business Program will cost you $0. It is my belief that the intention is to simply help small businesses grow.

Last Saturday’s performance of Tapestry - the Carole King Songbook at the Central DeWitt Performing Arts Center (CDPAC) was just fantastic!  The reviews were correct.  It was a fabulous tribute of outstanding singing, piano, sax and electric guitar playing.  How fortunate we are to have this…