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I have seen it posted that when this COVID-19 cloud lifts from our land, it won’t be the importance of those we previously considered to be grand citizens - celebrities or politicians or athletes - that will warrant our admiration. Rather what really will warrant our admiration are those gra…

Sometimes in spite of weeds, a treasure is uncovered, bringing a smile of a memory forgotten. Walking in the pasture, I came across our old dump truck with its camouflage design still intact. Where gravel once sat, now weeds have grown, and those weeds could not stop my giggle as I remembere…

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Editor’s Note: This story was submitted by DeWitt resident Roger Harrington and written by his 11-year-old granddaughter Marley Harrington, of Eldridge. This fictional story details the life of an 18-year-old during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is published verbatim just as Marley wrote it.

Every day for the past several weeks I’ve had a special appointment. Sometimes it’s in the morning, sometimes early evening, but I never miss it.

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During this season of social distancing, I am spending a lot of time walking the gravel roads surrounding our farm. It is amazing how quickly (one year to be exact) I have forgotten the joys of being outside on an Iowa farm during the spring: the fresh air, the chirping of birds, the sun shi…

(In times like this, it makes each of us take time to review some of our favorite memories.  This is one of mine.)

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Leslie Jacobsen converts her Christmas decorations into a meaningful message for people passing by her Maquoketa home. 

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As part of our UpBeat series of stories for people enjoy while they are homebound, here’s Part V, the final installment of a piece by local writer Dale Kilburg, a retired postal carrier who continues to work the "family farm.” He has a passion for reading and enjoys writing about the past, s…

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As part of our UpBeat articles for people enjoy while they are homebound, Alberta Ervin, pastor at the First United Methodist Church in Maquoketa, shares some thoughts on why laughter is the bestmedicine. Enjoy!

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As part of our UpBeat series of stories for people enjoy while they are homebound, here’s Part IV of a piece by local writer Dale Kilburg, a retired postal carrier who continues to work the "family farm.” He has a passion for reading and enjoys writing about the past, so it is no surprise th…

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As part of our UpBeat series of stories for people enjoy while they are homebound, here's a piece by local writer Dale Kilburg, a retired postal carrier who continues to work the "family farm.” He has a passion for reading and enjoys writing about the past, so it is no surprise that he has a…

As part of our UpBeat series of stories for people enjoy while they are homebound, here’s Part II of a piece by local writer Dale Kilburg, a retired postal carrier who continues to work the "family farm.” He has a passion for reading and enjoys writing about the past, so it is no surprise th…