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We are excited for our second year of ‘Light Up Riverview.’ Last year was a huge success and we look forward to getting bigger and better. Without our committee, adoptees, donators and volunteers, this could not be possible. And without our spectators, it would not be as much fun!

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row by row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fy Scarce heard amid the guns below.

The intent of this column is to provide commentary on public policy as it affects the American economy. Since you are part of the economy, it affects you. I hope this will give you some “food for thought.” I have no intent to force my bias and opinions (although I do have them). What is impo…

After reading the 10/28/21 letter from Jay and Diane Homan regarding their suggestion to repurpose the old cottonwood tree to a snag tree I felt drawn to write and second their ‘motion’.  When I first read about the city leader’s agreement to take it down (and understand the reasoning), my h…

The Bellevue Volunteers held their fifth biennial ServeHAITI Golf Fundraiser at the Bellevue Golf Club on Sunday October 3rd.  The weather was cloudy with only a few spurts of sprinkles.

Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our country.  Our disability program is part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families.  Social Security is an important resource for military members who return home with injuries.  If you know a …

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In September, American Legion Post #273 hosted an ‘open forum’ informal gathering in order to provide an environment where veterans could share concerns, memories and experiences, as well as just enjoying the camaraderie unique to veterans.

The teenager’s long, muscular arms and callused hands often were covered with sweat and sawdust in the spring of 1828 as he spent three months chopping down trees and hand-sawing them into boards to build a flatboat. He then steered the boat, carrying kegs of produce and salted pork, on a pe…

A city-owned swimming pool is a major asset to the community. It also shows tourists and potential new residents the pride and commitment of the community’s residents that they believe their substantial investment in the community showcases their commitment to the community of Bellevue.

Catherine O’Leary paid a heavy price after her cow kicked over a lantern, starting the Great Chicago Fire. But the story wasn’t true.

  Hey, Democrats!  You’ve been pressuring the wrong people, i.e. Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema, if you want to get the President’s Reconciliation Bill through the Senate.

The Bellevue Bread Basket would like to thank Nemmers Realty and Associated Real Estate Counselors and the community for the food drive held at Benders Food last week. Your continued support of the food pantry is deeply appreciated.                                                            …

I have a challenge for all residence of Bellevue, Iowa and it should be really simple because you have shown these actions in your everyday hospitality and character.

Tuesday, September 28, will be National Voter Registration Day.  National Voter Registration Day  is a non-partisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy.  Our citizen’s ability to vote to choose our leaders defines us for the rest of the world.

The state’s lead environmental agency would operate with the same $104.2 million in appropriations as this year under a proposed fiscal year 2023 budget limited by Gov. Kim Reynolds.

The Biden administration is proposing a sweeping expansion of tax information reporting aimed at raising revenue to help offset the cost of additional spending programs in the American Families Plan.

President Herbert Hoover turned 147 last month. Today, Herbert Hoover is often forgotten, or if he is remembered, it is usually in the context of the Great Depression. However, the story of Herbert Hoover is remarkable, and it is symbolic of the spirit of the United States.

We have board fences here at the farm, an act of vanity and, in hindsight, a foolish commitment to eternal upkeep and painting. Jack Dyas is the reason we still have most of the original fence over 30 years after he sawed them from trees grown in his woodlot.

On a bright, fall, pre-COVID day, there was a knock on my door. Two bicyclists in full brand name biking attire stood on my porch. A couple bicycles that I would bet surpassed the dollar value of the 2012 Ford Edge that was parked in our garage were arm distance away.

You have to give President Biden credit for consistency. Unfortunately, he has been consistently wrong. As Robert Gates, former defense secretary in the Obama administration once put it, Biden has "been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four…

Editor’s Note: The following is a tribute to former Bellevue Community Schools Music Instructor Loxley Thistle Eckles IV, who died August 7, 2021. The words, contributed to the Herald-Leader for publication, were written by Gregg Hammann of Bellevue who was a student of Eckles. Hamann spoke …

Another tree disease is starting to become more noticeable in the City and our surrounding area.  This new disease is called Rhizosphaera Needle Cast Disease, caused by a fungus.  The disease primarily targets blue spruce trees but other spruce trees can and have been infected.  This is not …

Q: What’s in the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure package for Iowa?

Wow! The summer has once again moved very rapidly, as August 23 is the first day of school. The preparation for school is different each and every year for school staff, students, and parents, but nothing can compare to the uncertainty of the previous school year! Ideally, we are overcoming …

Tsk, tsk, tsk, Iowa. What have you become?  Did you slide sideways into the Mississippi River and drift down to rest between Alabama and Mississippi?

It can look like just doing a favor for your online girlfriend. At least, that’s what it looked to my new friend Bob, of Camanche. Bob is north of sixty-five years old, and corresponded with a couple of women, including one named Betty, online for several months.

It seems to be generally true that as one gets older, the habit of reminiscing develops. Looking back seems to be a function of getting closer to the final curtain. The closer the latter, the more of the former one indulges in. In that regard, I indulge in an optimistic amount.

Just as Iowa is a state of small towns, it’s a state boasting an extraordinary number of small but widely read newspapers — more than 250.

A project that has consumed some hours of this winter and spring has involved helping curator Bonnie Mitchell, Don Wentworth, Rich Rockrohr, Bel Tubbs and a team of other volunteers at the Jackson County Historical Society compile and organize an electronic directory of members of the Jackso…

I am writing this letter to share with the community about the recent accident I was in with my two girls, to share my experience of what happened and most importantly to thank the first responders.

President Biden has pledged to “help narrow the racial wealth gap and reinvest in communities that have been left behind by failed policies.” He used the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre in Greenwood, a thriving African American community ravaged by a racist mob in 1921, as the o…

Not that long ago it was nothing to see hundreds of tree swallows perched on the high line here at the farm. When you mowed hay, they and their first cousins — barn swallows — followed the chatter of the sickle bar to feast on leafhoppers and assorted insects rising from the swath.

This year is the 72nd year since Congress passed and President Harry S. Truman signed the Act of Congress officially making June 14 as National Flag Day.  Prior to that, the day was celebrated through a series of efforts by educators.

Poppy Day is Friday, May 28, and Bellevue American Legion Auxiliary members will be at local businesses distributing poppies, as is a tradition across the nation every Memorial Day.  

Each year, the American Legion Auxiliary’s three-quarters of a million members – direct female relatives of wartime veterans – raise more than $5.5 million through the distribution of the symbolic red poppies to support active-duty military, veterans, and their families. The Auxiliary’s 8,00…

The Ski Bellevue Water Ski Show Team would like to send a thank you to the Jackson County Area Tourism Association (JCATA) for their recent $750 grant award.

In the May 6th edition of the Bellevue Herald, reporting was done about the Iowa Tourism Award given out by the Byways of Iowa Tourism Foundation. Just as an added note, we want to give a shout-out to Bellevue's own Fish Stacks sculpture, which was created by Ron Hansen and the many local do…

Bellevue Police Chief Bud Schroeder is reminding local motorists that Memorial Day and the traditional beginning of summer are quickly approaching.  Summer will bring more gatherings, festivals, graduations and vacations; all requiring travel. Many states, including Iowa, have seen a rise in…

Despite countless hours of searching and the extraordinary diligence of very special people and local communities. We remain unsuccessful at recovering our beloved cat, Bitz.

The chant “Power to the People” was used by anti-war and civil rights protesters in the 60s. John Lennon wrote a song with that title in 1971. The idea flowed from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution which begins, “We the people.”

The first question most people ask after mass shootings like the one two weeks ago at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis in which a 19-year-old male murdered eight people before taking his own life is "how did he get the gun?" He was known to authorities. A gun he previously owned was seized b…

The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) invites communities to celebrate and thank their local school board members during School Board Recognition Month, May 1-31, 2021.

The Bellevue Bread Basket would like to thank the Cub Scouts, their leaders, Benders Foods, and the whole community for its donations and participation in the Cub Scout Drive Food Drive held recently.

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in an occasional statewide series called “In Focus” about public access to police body camera and in-car camera video in Iowa. The Bellevue Herald-Leader and the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press are two of more than 30 newspapers participating in the project.

The deadline for Iowa farmers interested in submitting new applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is May 7. This is the second deadline for 2021 funding, following a first batch cutoff in December 2020.

Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development (NEIA RC&D) recently launched a podcast highlighting local businesses, historic landmarks and environmental education.

West Virginia is unique among America’s 50 states. At a convention in Wheeling, Virginia, in 1861, delegates from Virginia’s northwest counties, which were loyal to the Union, voted to break away from that state over the issue of slavery and their refusal to be part of the Confederate states.