Deer hunters continue to be the key to a successful Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) surveillance program in Iowa.  And as more and more hunters become interested in the current status of the disease (and the status of their deer in-particular), the DNR has worked to evolve that surveillance pr…

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Q:  I’m already dreading the holidays. Our eight-year-old is a very excitable child and our family is expected to attend numerous holiday get-togethers at the homes of family members. When he’s included in events where there’s lots of excitement and anticipation in the air, he has a reputati…

 Monday of Thanksgiving week: I give in and go see the doctor to get something to treat the semi-annual crud that I know is never going to get better without medication.    I leave with scripts for an antibiotic, an inhaler and prednisone.  And the suggestion to rest and drink lots of fluid.…

Every year that passes, the liberals, progressives, Democrats and some Republicans keep destroying our Constitution and freedom. They keep pushing America towards socialism. Socialism is what our founders took us from to give us our Constitution and freedom.

Question: We held off giving our oldest daughter a smartphone until she was 15, the age at which we allowed her older brother to have one. We read your column weekly in our hometown newspaper and know you disapprove but we had no issues with our son and thought, wrongly, that things would go…

“It’s still amazes me that what started out as a request to change a simple habit would end up leading a group to Capitol Hill,” says Pastor Shannon Witt of First Presbyterian Church (FPC). “The Lord works in amazing ways.”

While the Bellevue Herald-Leader shared information on ACT scores in the area in last week’s paper, highlighting the very good scores of Bellevue Marquette in comparison to other schools, they forgot to include a few key details in regard to the district which I represent - The Bellevue Comm…

The Kueter Brothers recently received a visit from the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The brothers took over as new owners of the Car Wash Oct. 1, purchasing the longtime business from Jerry and Karen Theisen. Pictured from left are City Clerk Abbey Skrivseth, Ch…

Sycamore Media, the parent company of the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press and the Bellevue Herald-Leader filed a lawsuit against the City of Maquoketa Police Department last Thursday seeking the release of body camera footage police officers recorded during a 911 call involving Assistant Jackson Co…

The Bellevue volunteers held their fifth biennial ServeHAITI Golf Fundraiser at the Bellevue Golf Club on Sunday October 6.  The weather was beautiful but the golfers were unable to play due to rain the two previous days.  Despite no golf, a great time was had by all… but more importantly, o…

Local author Lance Meier will be at Preston Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 2 to talk about and autograph his book “Thunder Lizards.”

Did you know that our body produces Cannaboid (CBD)? Yes, that’s right!  Our body has something called an Endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is also known as “the survival system”. Our ECS regulates everything from rest and relaxation to digestion to inflammation to organ and muscle performa…

  Last month I flipped the calendar on another decade and became a septuagenarian.  Without ever being fully conscious of it, I never thought that I would ever be this old.  The bad news is-the odds of reaching another milestone birthday are not that good.  The good new is-I have escaped the…

I was recently made aware of a letter to the editor in which my response was requested to help clear up some misunderstandings about the Green Island Wildlife Area.  I am happy to help.  In an effort to clearly address the questions/issues that were raised, I will restate those questions/com…

Residents of the Bellevue Community School District will be asked to vote in regard to extending the PPEL on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. This vote is NOT to increase the levy nor would it raise taxes. It would keep the voted PPEL levy the same as it is now and not raise the tax rate.

During a recent conversation with a friend she mentioned to me, “I left a really nice school for this,” referring to Bellevue Elementary. They had flexible furniture with an open concept, safe pick-up and drop-off areas. She shared a video with me about a new school that spoke of the drastic…

According to local historian and Young Museum coordinator Susan Lucke, a correction should be made concerning the caption in an old photo that accompanied a story on the old Button Factory (New Welcome Center) building that appeared on page 28 of last week’s Herald-Leader.

I’ve had the opportunity to watch many of our city council proceedings of late, and I am concerned that there has been no discussion regarding the Sentinel’s request for the body cam footage from our police department.

The State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries (SAPIC) will hold their quarterly meeting at the Hurstville Interpretive Center on Oct. 12, 2019.      

Forgive me, George Stone, but I consider Jim McAndrew the most famous baseball player born in Lost Nation, Iowa.

The B&C Lawn Care advertisement in last week’s Fall Home Improvement section incorrectly listed Corey Driscoll as a contact for the business. Driscoll is now affiliated with K&K Lawn Care. We apologize for the error.

With tax bills being sent out a few weeks ago, county auditor Alisa Smith urged residents to look at the “power of the tax receipt.”

I have a few questions concerning the recent story on the Green Island Wildlife Area by DNR staff, in particular Mr. Curt Kemmerer.  I am using this platform because I'm sure there are other folks out there with the same questions, and I would ask Mr. Kemmerer if he would kindly clear up a c…

Jackson County will gate and lock a rural Sabula road that has long been a “magnet for criminal activity,” in the words of neighboring landowner David Schrody.

According to the Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, the Hurstville Interpretive Center was built on donated land and financed by grants and donations. I suspect that a perusal of the Conservation Board’s projects over the years will find other places and times where they r…

I am irritated and annoyed with the extended media coverage and opinions of the assistant County Attorney situation and the Sheriff’s department. Overkill might be a better term to use.

  The newspaper and social media were abuzz with photos of kids heading out on their first day of the school year a few weeks ago. I love seeing how kids have grown and declaring what they want to be when they grow up on their little slates.

What started as a fundraising effort this past April has culminated this past week with raising enough money to start the project with the resurfacing of the tennis court at Cole park along with adding nets and posts for four Pickleball courts. We hope to have this done yet this fall.

I just looked at a recent Bellevue paper and read the letter to the editor that Tom Draus had in the paper about how in his opinion, America should have open arms to refugees and  illegal immigrants.

Board members for the Community Foundation of Jackson County have approved a new strategic plan that emphasizes enhanced community impact through grantmaking and asset-building, focusing on the areas of greatest need in order to strengthen the community in the long term.

At the Bellevue City Council Meeting on August 12, 2019, Mayor Roger Michels declared September as National Senior Center Month in Bellevue. This year’s theme is “The Key to Aging Well.” The mayor came to the Bellevue Senior Meal Site on Tuesday, August 13, to personally share the news and r…

One night before the little league season ended, I was sitting on my deck and kind of half watching a baseball game that was being played on one of the diamonds at Ensign.  A mom approached her son in the dugout with a bottle of water.  

Throughout its history, Iowa has been a place where women break barriers. Time after time, Iowa women have shown if they set their minds to something, work hard and believe in themselves, they can accomplish anything.

Another graduating class exited the Bellevue Community School District in May and are out in the “real world” setting out to develop and determine their own futures. Now, other groups are preparing for their graduation and moving on to new learning and following their passions within the cur…

A city dweller for almost 50 years, I wanted to share a few things I have learned after moving to the country more than four years ago:

The Bellevue Public Library’s Summer Reading Program for 2019 wrapped up last week with the final in a series of fun and educational events, including The Hanson Family Show, The Hurstville Interpretive Center, a Summer Carnival, The Grout Museum, and The Jester Puppets.

Every 4th of July holiday I attend services which include the usual rhetoric and music. I know most of the words to all the patriotic songs and they can “get to me” and get my heart in a fervor.

All the animals at the shelter are saying thanks to Nemmers Realty for sponsoring the Charity Bash that netted us $500.

Just a Jackson County property taxpayer’s thoughts on the jail project: As I talk to people in the county, there is consensus that we need a new jail. That is usually the hard part to sell; however, location, number of beds, project costs, and operations costs calculate in whether to support…

When you type in Iowa county wages on the internet you will find 2018 second quarter with Jackson County being the second poorest county in the state and only Decatur County behind us in wages paid.

Definition: Boondoggle. Verb. Waste money or time on unnecessary or questionable projects.

Bellevue Bread Basket would like to thank Nemmers Realty and all the groups and participants who made the recent Charity Bash a success. Bellevue Bread Basket is grateful for all the communities support.

Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance has returned to work and is prosecuting drunk driving cases after having been involved in an alcohol-related incident during which police did not give her a sobriety test.

A Clinton man was charged with his third drunk-driving offense, plus multiple other offenses, following an accident that resulted in Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance being airlifted to the hospital with life-threatening injuries April 12.

A  few weeks ago I was talking with a local resident about the newspaper’s coverage of the police  call involving Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance and how law enforcement officials in Clinton and Jackson counties handled it.

The Heritage Days Grand Parade, now in its 57th year, will take place Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m. on Front Street in Bellevue. It will start at Horizon Lanes, travel south to State Street where the procession will turn west for several blocks to 6th Street and then turn north and end near Co…

For those that have not attended a country music jam at the KC hall, you have missed out on some great local musicians performing, and a lot of fun. But for the Jam that was held on June 12, 2019 there was also an opportunity to help out the ServeHaiti charity that is coordinated locally by …

The Heritage Days Grand Parade, now in its 57th year, will take place Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m. on Front Street in Bellevue. It will start at Horizon Lanes, travel south to State Street where the procession will turn east for five blocks to 5th Street and then turn north and end near Cole Park.

I am writing in response to “Give it a rest.”  I totally disagree with Mr. Herrig.  When people engage in potentially illegal activity (the sheriff and assistant county attorney) the public has a right to know all of the details.

  As I sat at graduation and watched all the mixed emotions of the faces marching to "Pomp and Circumstance," I couldn't help but wonder how well the young kids were prepared for the next leg of their journey. If they are like I was at 17, they probably think they know pretty much everything…

I’ve been meaning to contact you and congratulate you on the exceptional reporting you folks have done regarding the assistant county attorney. I know it was difficult to keep pushing people for answers, especially when those people are folks you work with every day.