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On Tuesday November 3, we finish the process of electing a new Sheriff.  We have 2 good men that are running the gauntlet, hoping to make it through to the end and be the person we select.  

Andy McKean has played many roles in our lives over the years we have known him.  When we needed legal assistance, he listened to our needs while asking questions to fully understand the situation.  After careful consideration, he would offer the guidance and service that we found to be very…

 I would like to recommend that everyone vote for Sandy Knockel Strub for county commissioner.

I am director of a laboratory that tests for COVID-19 in Oregon and have crisscrossing and intersecting experiences with Iowa’s COVID-19 policies.  Until 3 years ago, I lived my entire life in Iowa and yet today I am father and grandfather of Iowa residents making visits in June and August 2…

Over the years, I have enjoyed the experience of door-to-door campaigning  It’s a great way to keep in touch with the people I represent, and I always come away from it with helpful new ideas and suggestions.  However, due to events beyond our control, I’m going to have to do things a bit di…

I have known Steve Schroeder since shortly after he would have started working with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.  He has 34 years of law enforcement experience, with most of it at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

We, the undersigned, are employees of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. We are writing the letter to dispel some rumors out there regarding our office employees and who they are standing with and supporting for the office of Sheriff.

I am taking the time to write this letter to the editor so Jackson County residents can hear about the true and honest person that Steve Schroeder is without the bias, lies, bashing, twisted words, edited content, etc. that we see and read so much of these days. I am Scott Heiar, a pure Jack…

After seven years, a magnificent project has been completed.  The Iowa Marine Engine and Launch Works is now displayed and  running as the centerpiece of the new River of Innovation Exhibit at the National Mississippi River Museum which is part of the Smithsonian Institute.  This has been a …

We want to recognize our members who retired this year after giving 10 or more  years of service to the Bellevue EMS service.

As a former health care worker I am sad to see the front line workers overworked, and needing to hold the hands of critical and dying patients.

This letter is to do my part to ensure we all know who Steve Schroeder is. He has been here for a long time doing things most wouldn’t dare, plus things he wasn’t expected, or paid to do.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety, the Office of the Attorney General of Iowa and the Bellevue Police Department are warning Iowans to be aware of a “grandparent scam.” Several Iowa communities throughout the state have recently reported efforts by criminal groups to swindle predominately…

Without question, I’m old school. My analog watch doesn’t count my steps, keep track of my sleep cycles or warn me I’d better not eat that third chocolate chip cookie. I haven’t yet graduated to a vehicle with a center “vehicle information” screen and I keep a supply of paper maps in the glo…

Many of you may have read in the Bellevue Herald Leader in February that Lilliana Tracy received a State Prudential Spirit of Community Award. It is truly a great honor and Lilliana was very deserving for her efforts in helping residents of Mill Valley feel very special by her visits.

I don't know about you, but I would really miss my local post office if it were taken away.  However, that is precisely what the Trump Administration is proposing to do.  Of course, it all has to do with the upcoming presidential election.  No post office, no mail-in ballots.

The sun was drooping close to the tree line as the day wound down in southern Pennsylvania eight years ago.

Many in our area have asked if we were going to hold a flag burning ceremony on the 4th of July.  As you know by now we didn’t due to the cancellation of Heritage Days and out of caution for the Covid virus.  If all goes as we anticipate we will have the burning next year during Heritage Day…

It is a pity that accurate news does not get to Montana, as Russell Koppes is obviously not informed about how critical supplies like PPE, ventilators, and Covid-19 tests were actually procured by our east coast state governments.  

Question:  When my two-year-old gets angry, he sometimes gets down and bangs his head on the floor. This happens two or three times a week, generally speaking. He’s not bruised himself, yet, but I don’t know how long that’s going to last. To make matters worse, I’ve made the mistake of readi…

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…

Editor’s Note: this is the third and final 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.

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.