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The Calamus-Wheatland Board of Directors voted unanimously at our September board meeting to place the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) question on the general election ballot in November. 

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “more than 1.3 million fires were reported by fire departments in 2018, resulting in an estimated 3,655 civilian deaths and 15,200 injuries. 

As soon as the needle pierced his forearm, he knew instantly he had made a dreadful mistake. During World War II, after a few beers with some army buddies, Dad, on a whim, decided having a tattoo would be neat. 

The three Democrats for President now leading in the polls are not good choices. 

Towns and cities are more than just a collection of buildings and streets. While these things add character to a place, it is the people who reside there who define it. It is their guiding hand, their will and vision, that help shape it. 

Maybe a handful of readers did not receive a robocall from Social Security, but I’m beginning to doubt it. The numbers of people reporting they received this scam call is surpassing anything I previously heard about in the fraud world. And the pace only seems to be increasing with the passag…

Fall is without a doubt one of the best times of the year to go camping. Labor Day weekend is widely known as the “unofficial end to summer” but that doesn’t mean you have to pack up your camping gear for the season. With a little preparation, fall camping can be some of the best of the year! 

Are you aware that vaping has become an epidemic among teens? While the rate of teen cigarette smoking is going down, the number of teenagers who are vaping is rising rapidly, and the truth about vaping health risks is becoming apparent. According to a 2017 study by the Centers for Disease C…

DeWitt Town & Country Garden Club members appreciate everyone who entered flowers at the flower show during the Clinton County Fair. They were pleased to receive some first-time exhibitors. Members also appreciate The Observer for printing all of the articles before the fair.

As the nation mourns the deaths of the 31 people killed recently in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, discussion is renewed over the causes of these tragedies and ways to prevent them. Re-enacting the ban on assault weapons such as the AR-15 and high-capacity magazines that…

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…

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…