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.

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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.

The recent legalization of marijuana across the river in Illinois has created discussion and confusion around the severity and safety of regular use, especially among youth.

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.

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.