Having grown up in Jackson County in the 1950s and ‘60s, I was raised to respect all people.  However, I never had an opportunity to meet or interact with people of color until I went to college in Cedar Rapids.  Even then, my life was sheltered from the outside world.  After college I moved…

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Editor’s Note: this is the third and final in a series of a hunting journal kept by Benjamin Schneider of Bellevue.

Editor’s Note: this is the second in a series of a hunting journal kept by Benjamin Schneider of Bellevue.

Now that the Primary is over, I’d like to give praise to Joe Veach, Brendan Zeimet, and Steve Schroeder for having the courage to run for Sheriff. Albeit Schroeder had the advantage of Sheriff Kettman’s knowledge, experience, and backing to guide him, it was still essentially everyone’s firs…

In the wake of the spread of COVID-19, the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce created a promotion to get the community to shop local and support our Chamber member’s businesses.

The Bellevue Public Library is going ahead with its annual Summer Reading program with a few changes. We will be sponsoring a "Books on the Bench" program this summer and we will start as of Monday, June 15.

Iowa's ponds, rivers and streams are open for fishing, and all regulations and license options are unchanged. However, it's important to abide by the physical distancing protocols recommended by the state to help stop the spread of COVID-19, along with other protocols.

“There’s no one-size-fits-all model of childrearing for all the world’s parents,” opines Alma Gottlieb, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at the University of Illinois.

Over two months have passed since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our daily routines and way of life. The Bellevue Community School District has been challenged in the last several months in providing the excellent educational opportunities we strive for each day in our system.

As Iowa heads back into re-opening, I wonder how many people like me have spent more time watching television in the daytime more than they would ordinarily.  And I wonder if they, like me, have been watching the daily briefings of the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo; and the President of…

With so many services available online through my Social Security, signing up for a secure account will help you conduct Social Security business from home.  With your personal my Social Security account, you can:

With over 3,500 voters already requesting absentee ballots,  most of our voters will be casting their votes from home.

Absentee ballot requests soared in the past few weeks as state and local officials urged Iowans to vote absentee in the June 2 primary to help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

It is no secret that our state has been hit hard by the coronavirus - especially for those who are a part of the food supply chain. However, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Governor Kim Reynolds are taking the necessary steps needed to keep our food supply chain safe a…

Psychologist B. F. Skinner, the formulator of behavior modification theory, was attempting to prove that the same principles that govern the behavior of amoeba, planaria, rats, dogs, and monkeys also govern the behavior of human beings. A very Darwinian proposition, indeed.

The Bellevue American Legion Auxiliary recently announced the winners of the annual Patriotic Essay Contest.  Rebecca Kilburg of Bellevue High School and and Julian Nam of Marquette Catholic High School were honored for their essays, which are printed below.

The Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show team would like to thank everyone who supported us at the Bender's food stand this past weekend. Your purchases along with kind donations helped to make our fundraiser a great success. We can't wait to get onto the water and perform for you again!    

Kudos to Publisher Trevis Mayfield and his intrepid staff for continuing to pursue a case that those involved in would like to forget (Herald-Leader, April 23):

I was troubled to read of the County Supervisors’ latest action in regards to the proposed, but not approved, county jail bond referendum (“County proposes joint authority board,” Bellevue Herald Leader 4/23/2020).  

 The Bellevue Police Department wants to remind everyone to call your elderly parents, grandparents and relatives and remind them about scammers during this stressful time.

At a time when a lot of small-town ambulance services are struggling, Bellevue Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is still going strong. And the reason is 300 dedicated volunteers who have served with Bellevue EMS over the past 48 years. Bellevue is fortunate to have so many volunteers working…

After reading the column on ‘Bellevue-isms’ a few weeks ago, I thought I’d try my hand at telling a tale of young boys growing up in the 1950s. I always enjoy read my old buddy Lowell’s commentary on different things. This one’s on you Lowell.

Every day, I receive many requests from folks around the district needing help during this difficult time. Often, they need to know who to contact to assist them with a challenge they are facing.

Just a note to remind people how important it is to shop Bellevue.  Most of us are so thankful that we are able to shop in Bellevue when other places are closed.  It’s so convenient, but let’s think a minute.  

Like most of you I have recently received my $1,200 stimulus check. The whole idea of the check is to promote spending and, like almost everyone else, I could use it to pay down my debt. But, I can totally survive if I don't use it that way.

The coronavirus continues to spread in Iowa with new cases and more deaths confirmed every day – and our governor is not effectively corralling all of her powers to fight it.

These are unique times. Schools, businesses, and ultimately everyone has been forced to adjust their lives and livelihoods as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While I do not have any answers to what the future holds or how long we will be in our current status of self-quarantine, I do have…

It has been brought to my attention that some of our friends and neighbors here in town have questioned why Ensign Corporation continues to open its doors every day for our employees to come and do their normal work, in light of so many local and national stores and businesses closing their …

We are all in unchartered waters and facing many unknowns in the days ahead.  It is very challenging to deal with so much uncertainty and feeling relatively powerless to do much about it.

I wish to report that St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, LaMotte (and our linked congregation, St. John’s Lutheran in St. Donatus) is participating in daily bell ringing at 8 p.m. each night to call all to prayer for our Lord’s intervention to end this health crisis and for all people as we cope. T…

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…

It all started with a social media post about the City of Bellevue closing the parks to large numbers of people playing basketball and soccer, which they are not supposed to do in this time of the Coronavirus pandemic.

I do believe the Malaria drug will really help get America back on track. But I also believe the American work force should start getting back on track in a week or so if it does.

No School. No activities. No contact with friends. No going out to eat after an event. What is next? I do not know.

When I was a junior in high school, I watched United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 11 crash into the Twin Towers in New York.  It was unexpected - and, as I stood in the school's library around the company of my peers, I saw tears in the eyes of my teachers.  

COVID-19 is circulating in Iowa communities and many more Iowans are likely to become ill in the coming weeks. This guidance describes isolation recommendations for well Iowans with potential COVID-19 exposure and Iowans who are ill with fever or respiratory symptoms (like cough or difficult…

 Last year it was the polar vortex. This year the coronavirus.  I (we) are some of the elderly high-risk segment of society everyone is concerned about the virus being most harmful to.  

I’ve learned a new word! My daughter informs me that according to some mothers I am guilty of “mom-shaming” and should be ashamed of myself. I am a unashamed mom-shamer because I happen to believe that just as there is one proper way to go about training a dog (of any species), there is one …

The City Council met in special session on Tuesday, March 3 to discuss and educate citizens on the Bellevue Cable System, along with answering questions.  Below is a recap on some of the questions asked, topics discussed, and/or some general information on the system. The hope of this inform…

After reading “Better County Roads Wanted” I need to set the record straight on agricultural fuel since our County Engineer and Supervisor McDevitt don’t even know the facts. They don’t understand how the fuel tax works, which concerns me, because anyone in their positions should know better…

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.

Jackson County GOP Convention for delegates, alternates and observers will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Clinton Engines Museum Program Center, 605 E. Maple St., Maquoketa. Registration begins at 6 p.m.

  Harold “Pie” Keller, a young man from Brooklyn, Iowa, was serving his country, fighting for his life and trying to protect his fellow Marines on the remote Pacific Ocean island of Iwo Jima when he got a message from back home.

Editor’s note: Former Bellevue Herald-Leader editor Lowell Carlson spent time recently in northwestern Ontario to write about farming north of Lake Superior. Along with coverage of dairy and local food stories Carlson visited a regional agricultural research station where long term studies o…

The recent mention of Bellevue’s Winter Carnival in “Years Ago” brought back some bittersweet memories for me.  For those who don’t know, back in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, the firemen would flood the softball diamond at Cole Park for use as an ice skating rink.  

In Bellevue’s Precinct 1, caucus goers on Feb. 3 chose Pete Buttigieg (43) and Amy Klobuchar (30) as their top choice for the Democrat Presidential nominee, while Joe Biden (28) and Elizabeth Warren (23) were third and fourth respectively in this river town.

The Bellevue Senior Center is hosting a Lunch and Learn Presentation from Luther Manor Communities on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 11:30 am at the meal site.  This meal will be paid for by Luther Manor Communities.  The public is invited to attend. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, Febru…

It was a crisp, chilly, sunny day on Wednesday November 11th, 2009. I woke up and excitedly put on my red and white striped shirt with three-quarter length sleeves and my favorite navy-blue skirt covered in tiny white stars. That was the day that my second-grade class was chosen to gather in…

Typically at this time of year, a trail of auger holes in the Mississippi River ice maps the travels of hardy winter anglers that are in pursuit of that elusive big fish. However, recent warm temperatures have resulted in open water in many areas and disappointed the ice fishing enthusiast.

While the regular semester has recently ended, college courses offered both online and face-to-face to students at Bellevue High School ended prior to Winter Break. The question that some ask is, “How are students doing in the college courses they are enrolled in jointly with Bellevue High S…

Schools across Iowa had been dark for more than a week because of the recent holiday winter vacation. But a Des Moines teacher still managed to teach a very important lesson during that time – but this lesson wasn’t aimed at the kids she normally works with. It was intended for adults.

My family and friends tell me they can always tell when I am angry or really passionate about a subject because I start talking faster than usual and I don’t complete my sentences. I will do my best to express my frustration to you, but fair warning — I’ve got a full head of steam on this issue.

Editor’s Note: Larry Ambrosy of Bellevue last week brought a chapter of a history book pertaining to Iowa to our attention. The book, entitled ‘Iowa: The Land Across the River,’ by Don Doyle Brown (1977), contains a segment on the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Abraha…

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 …