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I struggled to find sleep last night. I kept hearing Gov Reynold’s all business-like voice saying that the children at our southern border were the President’s problem, not Iowa’s. As I tossed and turned I kept seeing Rep Hinson standing behind a podium at the southern border saying “We have…

This week, April 4 through April 10, the Bellevue Public Library and communities across the country are celebrating National Library Week because of the contributions of libraries and librarians.

With the celebration and events in place for National Library Week in Bellevue, officials at the Library, which is funded through the city, along with volunteers, fundraisers and donations, encourage all local citizens to look back at the long history of the Bellevue institution.

The front-page headline in last Monday's Wall Street Journal said: "Biden weighs how to pay for Agenda." Who purchases something they know they can't afford, and then worries about paying for it later? Only government.

This viewpoint has accrued in my mind as a political candidate for local, state, federal offices over the last twenty years of my life.  

 Have you ever wanted to learn what wildflowers bloom in the spring? Here is your opportunity to learn what spring wildflowers you can see here in the woods in Jackson County from the comfort of your own home before you go out and search the woods.  

More than 375 bills ranging from allowing home delivery of alcohol to keeping Iowa on daylight savings time year-around have cleared the Iowa Legislature’s first major hurdle.

If Ohio claims to be the “Birthplace of Aviation,” Iowa was at least its childhood home. Ohio natives Wilbur and Orville Wright spent a few boyhood years in Cedar Rapids, and a young Amelia Earhart first saw a plane at the Iowa State Fair.

The Bellevue Community School District will be conducting a special election on Tuesday March 2 to reauthorize our current Revenue Purpose Statement for SAVE funds (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education).

I felt the need to respond to our local school superintendents about the passage of the law requiring schools to offer in person classes. I do have to agree with Mr. Hoover that it is due to the actions of a few school districts. What offends me is the perception that only the school boards …

State Representative Dustin Hite was a guest on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press February 12th, and the Student First Scholarship legislation that gives public money to private schools was discussed.  This bill has been passed by the Senate and is now being debated in the House. Represent…

The beginning of this statewide project looking into how police video is captured, managed and shared with the public traces back to two long-running stories that played out in Clinton and Jackson counties.

The new jail is up for a third vote once again! I reviewed the proposal paid for with our tax dollars. It raises new questions that need answers from our elected leaders. Why are they refusing to put an addition at the current site on Platt St, and remodel the current facility? Lets take a c…

I wanted to compliment the staff at the courthouse for the updated web design for our county offices. I went online to print out my absentee ballot request for the special countywide election for the jail on March 2 and was pleasantly surprised. It was quite easy to navigate, and well designed.

 The Iowa Senate last week approved Senate File 159 on a 26-21 vote. It needed 26 votes to pass. Three Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the bill: Dawn Driscoll of Williamsburg, Tom Shipley of Nodaway and Annette Sweeney of Alden.

When the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of Donna Reed’s birthday, on Jan. 27, different generations will remember the actress differently. To the Greatest Generation, she was a sweetheart. To Baby Boomers, a mother. To many Millennials, she was a benefactor, thanks to her namesake fo…

OK. Hopefully you all have that $600 stimulus check. If that money happens to be discretionary for you, please consider spending it as soon as possible at local retailers - hardware, pharmacy, restaurants, food banks, whereever - hopefully where locally owned.

The Red Basket Project of Jackson County is beginning its 5th year of providing free feminine hygiene products to the girls and women of Jackson County, who are not always able to afford these items. They are expensive and not a want but an absolute need. Those of you who have a female famil…

Here are some of the highlights of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ budget proposal and priorities she addressed in her Jan. 12 Condition of the State speech.

Chris and I bought the restaurant on January 10, 1988 from Andrew Savings Bank and worked with Tom Dunlap.  What brought us to purchase it was the after affects of Chris’s Brain Aneurysm in April of 1985.  After a lot of healing and therapy to get himself back to a hundred percent he couldn’…

A cord of red oak firewood, fresh cut and green, can weigh over 5,000 pounds. That’s estimating moisture content at 40-45 percent. Give it six months to a year to dry under a roof and it will be almost 1,400 pounds lighter.

The “Light Up Riverview” committee would like to say thank you to all the people and businesses that donated monetarily or with supplies, adopted a section, helped decorate, helped fix lights when they went out, volunteered, shared pictures, stopped us to say thank you, or sent a message say…

I enjoyed reading Geoffrey Kaiser’s column in the Dec. 31 issue of the Bellevue Herald-Leader.  In his letter, he talks about the old song Auld Lang Syne.

Each year the Bellevue American Legion Auxiliary #273 sponsors one or two girls from local high schools to attend Girls State at Drake University in Des Moines.  All fees are paid and a stipend is given for transportation expenses.  This year will be the 75th anniversary and held June 20-25,…

Bellevue American Legion Post #273 recently conducted its annual Patriotic Essay Contest, “What the Flag Means to Me.” Fifth graders at both Bellevue Community Schools and St. Joseph’s Elementary School submitted essays, with the top winner sent on to the Iowa American Legion organization fo…

The Bellevue Herald-Leader had an article in last week’s edition in regard to the financial savings that school districts had across the state last school year due to closing for COVID-19. This only accounted for cost savings/additions through June 30, 2020 and disregarded some critical info…

The holiday season is known for celebrations and traditions, but it is also known for being the deadliest season when it comes to impaired driving.  Iowa Law Enforcement across the state will partner with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration …

This story is like a shiver looking for a spine to go up. Call me alarmist, over wrought, sensational, but don’t call me and say you’ve seen wild, feral hogs run across the road at our farm. By then it’s too late.

After listening to our ex-President Trump over the past year, he once used the phrase ‘herd mentality.’ Most people assumed he mispoke and meant to say ‘herd immunity.’ This is where two to four million Americans die before the herd becomes immune. This was a very bad idea.

These comments may seem strange to most of you, but this is my take on life.  I am a biologist.  I have a couple of degrees in Wildlife Biology/Population dynamics and more years in the field than I care to admit.  Because of this background, I view life somewhat differently than most.  I lo…

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Steve Bradley on his victory.  I am sure that he appreciates the opportunity that has been given him and will do his best as your new State Representative.

I respectfully request that Congress pass the Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports Act, H.R. 5434/S. 2602, in 2020. The bipartisan RPM Act protects the right to convert an automobile or motorcycle into a racecar used exclusively at the track. to be used exclusively on the racetrack.

It has now been more than two weeks since the American people went to the polls to cast ballots in the General Election, and despite what many conspiracy-minded people believed, the deadly coronavirus pandemic is still with us.

One of the first lessons you learn when you go to school to study journalism is to expect to be criticized.

I grew up in a small community where my parents were very active, and their example taught me the value of giving back. When they died, it was up to me to ensure their philanthropic wishes were accomplished – supporting causes they cared most about, like their church, the library, veterans a…

NORMANDY BEACHHEAD, June 12, 1944 – Due to a last-minute alteration in the arrangements, I didn’t arrive on the beachhead until the morning after D-day, after our first wave of assault troops had hit the shore.

This is without a doubt one of the most emotionally volatile election years I have experienced that I can remember; and I’ve been here awhile. There are so many issues we as voters are faced with.  Societal inequality, environmental responsibility for our children and grandchildren, individu…

I wanted to take a moment to note the passing of a good friend and an important community leader.   Willard (Bill) Meyer recently left us after a long and courageous fight with various health problems.  Younger residents may not realize the impact Bill had on our community as his years of se…

On Sunday, October 11th, there was an event called Ridin’ with Biden in Jackson County. It was a car caravan that traveled through beautiful Jackson County and ended at Tabor Winery in support of Joe Biden. A wonderful time was had by all.

This message is to ask Jackson County voters to re-elect Andy McKean to the Iowa House of Representatives.

This is a letter of support for Andy McKean’s candidacy to the Iowa House of Representatives.  Andy is a listener.  He knows the challenges that confront small town/rural Iowans.  Andy is a doer.  Examples include helping Wyoming get a tele-pharmacy, supporting Preston’s application for Grea…

Another vague childhood memory… This has to do with the original fearless leader. That was Boris Badenov of the Rocky and Bullwinkle show. Every Saturday morning, Rocky and Bullwinkle had to save the free world from Boris and Natasha.

 I would like every voter to take the time to read the lawsuit concerning the recently settled lawsuit on the death of Drew Edwards. I would like to bring attention to the following statements in the lawsuit: “27. While Edwards was incarcerated just prior to his death the Jackson County depu…

As we go here and there around town, we can’t help not notice the political signs showing up in the yards. I have a couple myself. I would say 99 percent of folks in Bellevue are Christian. We believe in Jesus.

I am writing today in support of Brent Kilburg seeking the office of Jackson County Sheriff.  I have had the privilege of getting to know Brent as I watched him attend and participate in the many meetings regarding our Jackson County Jail project.  Learning about his extensive career and mil…

Having read in our local newspaper about the $4 million wrongful death settlement in the Drew Edwards case, I sought more information about what Maquoketa and Jackson County law enforcement could have done — or not done — to warrant a multimillion-dollar settlement.

The race for Jackson County Sheriff has easily been the most scrutinized local race of this election season including much discussion of a domestic disturbance in Clinton County involving Jackson County’s Assistant District Attorney, Amanda Lassance. Now it appears there may be information p…

As the Sheriff of Clinton County, I am supporting Steve Schroeder to be the next Sheriff of Jackson County. Steve and I both were deputy sheriffs coming up through the ranks over our tenure in our respective agencies. During that time, we both learned all aspects of the job. Just as importan…

For the upcoming election, I fully endorse and highly recommend the citizens of Jackson County vote for Brent Kilburg as their next Sheriff. Brent has extraordinary leadership skills, and an extensive law enforcement background.

After watching Donald for the last few years brings back childhood memories.  When I was a young boy back in the ‘60s Bellevue kids didn’t really have a lot of money.  We would get 6 or 8 kids together to play ball at Cole Park.  One of the richer kids’ parents would buy him a bat and ball. …

 Conveniently telling only part of the story to reach a faulty conclusion is sometimes worse than an outright lie.  Monica McHugh's recent letter is an example of that.

As I am closing in on the end of my career in law enforcement, and as your Sheriff, I would like to thank the Democrats, Republicans, and Independents who have supported me through all these years.