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I’m grateful we have a president who continues to always look out and protect Americans. From the start of the coronavirus, he’s made keeping the public informed a top priority. Thanks to President Trump’s unprecedented efforts, I feel secure knowing his Administration will make sure we have…

A while ago, my neighbor and I took a bus trip to visit Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Mo., population 1,800. MSQC started in 2008, offering basic quilting supplies and services. It now offers the largest selection of precut fabrics in the world and fills thousands of website order…

With these uncertain times I wanted to reach out and let you know that we are still closed to the public but we will continue to process Titles, Registrations, and Tax Payments. These can be done via the website, via phone with a credit or debit (extra charges apply) or at one of the three d…

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…

This letter is to all parents who have a teen who plans to drive. Iowa requires that all drivers under age 18 must pass a written test, pass a certified driver education class, and have at least 20 hours of driving experience. They may then qualify for a student license (we call it a school …

Sycamore Media, the parent company of The Observer, has now spent more than $7,000 in legal fees pursuing police video footage that we believe belongs to the public.

The Clinton County Board of Supervisors and the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency couldn’t find much common ground when they met late last month to talk about funding issues, but the meeting was GREAT anyway.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) posted several media releases in December 2019 which shed considerable light on phony websites and deceptive online advertising. Reading these can give you a flavor of how online chiselers work and serve as a vivid warning on what to avoid when online shopping. 

As the winter season begins to wind down we begin the process of planning for the 2020-2021 school year. At Ekstrand, this first begins with our parent informational meeting for the parents of all incoming kindergarteners who plan on attending Ekstrand in the fall. Sending children off to sc…

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.

It has often been said that more can be accomplished if we all work together than if we simply try to go it alone. This applies to almost every aspect of life: Your workplace, family life, politics, religion and nearly everything in-between. I’ve learned that this is also very true in the Cl…

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…

Upon reading your “Know Nothingness…” editorial in the Dec. 7, 2019, issue, two quotes come to mind: “It is easier to believe a lie one has heard a thousand times than the truth told once.” —Anon. The other, “Society always punishes those who will not play its game.” —Paul Tournier

I was in Davenport recently, and so I stopped at one of the more popular places for breakfast. I had water to drink. The water tasted like it had oil in it. So I asked for a different glass, same thing. Another guy down the counter was drinking water, so I asked him if his water was OK. He t…

In the Nov. 8 edition of the Observer, editor Tim Manning made the Central DeWitt High School Publications course the subject of his column (Who Needs Journalism Classes Anyway?) and introduced our jointly-concocted experiment: four seniors, four sophomores, and one lone junior will submit a…

Happy Catholic Schools Week! This coming week gives St. Joseph School an opportunity to celebrate who we are and what makes our school unique. Our parish school has had a strong tradition of Catholic education in the DeWitt community for 155 years. Central DeWitt Community School District is…

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 eighteen years or older, you can set up your own account online. With such an account, you can …

There I was; dipping my hand into a fresh bag of Lay’s dill pickle chips, binge watching Netflix shows, and sipping on a Mr. Pibb. I had been there pretty much the entire time since I had gotten home from work. 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) posted several media releases in December 2019, which shed considerable light on phony websites and deceptive online advertising. Reading these can give you a flavor of how online chiselers work, and serve as a vivid warning on what to avoid when online sho…

I suppose it’s a good thing, in an odd sort of way, that I have lived in as many places as I have. My adult daughter not so long ago corralled me with pen and paper in hand, pressuring me to list all of them. Oh, dear me, that took more fingers than on which I could count. Added up, it seeme…

As 2019 winds down and with 2020 just around the corner, people like to reflect on the past year and think about how we might make our lives a little better in the upcoming one. Sound familiar? That’s right. It’s New Year’s resolution time. 

Our Career Technical Education (CTE) consists of business, family consumer science (FCS), construction, manufacturing and agriculture. Our teachers in each of these areas are very dedicated to offering many opportunities for our students. The state of Iowa requires all students to have four …

It was in the late 1940s. World War II was over, but in the small Iowa town of Wheatland on the western edge of Clinton County, the easternmost part of the state where the sun kisses her first each morning, and the waters of the Mighty Mississippi lap her shores, like small towns everywhere,…

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.

I got the privilege of touring the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City when the Iowa Optimist Organization donated over $15,000 to this amazing place of hope and positive vision. The Optimists held a head-shaving at the state convention to raise funds, and our lo…

With Thanksgiving over and as we move on toward Christmas, one realizes how fast time goes and all that gets accomplished. Also knowing that there is more to do in order to meet the needs of individual students and our district as a whole.

As thanksgiving approaches, I encourage you to sit down and reflect on the things you are most thankful for. I tend to take this time each year to think about the blessings I have in my life. The things that excite me and the things that challenge me. Sometimes this includes things that I ta…

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. 

I had a history professor in graduate school who owned 140 acres of long-leaf pine in east Texas. Dr. Cravens knew how much growth the trees had put on that year, what the volume of wood on that worn-out cotton farm was worth that week, and when it was ready to harvest. It was an investment …

My featured person this week is “Maryanne,” the adult daughter of a former Marine who most likely has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Maryanne, 36, is a licensed independent clinical social worker with the training and experience to spot, diagnose, and treat PTSD. The problem has been…

Iowa Freedom of Information Laws, otherwise known as sunshine laws, assume that meetings and records are open. Iowans do not have to make a case to attend a governmental meeting or to see a public record. To the contrary, meetings must be open and records must be available for inspection unl…

Imagine going into cardiac arrest and the closest emergency room is more than 30 miles away. Or suppose your child is struggling with depression, but there isn’t a single psychiatrist in your county. Or consider experiencing unexpected pregnancy complications — yet living hours away from a h…

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 …

The Clinton County Conservation Foundation (CCCF) was established with the purpose of supporting and promoting the mission and activities of the Clinton County Conservation Board (CCCB). The CCCF actually is very similar to other nonprofit conservation organizations like the Izaak Walton or …