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Due to Covid-19, this year, Santa will not be making any stops with the usual goodie bags. We just want to keep all of our friends and family healthy and safe.

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.  

As an Independent, I vote for the candidate rather than the party.  Andy McKean has earned my vote as a Republican and as a Democrat, as well.  I know Andy and I know him to be one of those rare people who will not stray from his core beliefs and that he believes in the people of Iowa and Jo…

My opponent, Steve Bradley has authorized two TV ads and two flyers that were misleading and distorted my record.  Since he avoids bringing this up to my face when I'd have an opportunity to refute his baseless claims, I'm taking this opportunity to set the record straight.  Here are the 3 s…

The purpose of this letter is to clear up some questions/concerns about nepotism within the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, as this seems to be a hot topic and concern coming up for the fast approaching election.

Full disclosure first. I have known the candidate for over 30 years. In fact, when Andy McKean was running his first campaign, on a shoestring with a beat up little pickup that was always a quart low, he slept on our couch several times.

This is for all for all my Democratic Trump supporter friends. Two years ago, Andy McKean ran as a Republican and was swept into office on the coat-tails of Donald Trump. A year into his second term, McKean put on a full-scale showboat press conference declaring his disdain for President Tru…

People say they can't stand Trump so they can't vote for him so they will vote for Biden. In truth, those people are voting for Kamala Harris, who is the most far left socialist in the U.S. Senate. Trump has done so many great things to save America from going closer to ‘One World Order.’ Tr…

Bellevue Big student Zoe Aschenbrenner of Bellevue High School is asking members of the community to take an online survey to collect information on what people’s favorite book characters are.

Fifty million Christians are not registered to vote! Please PRAY and register to VOTE! “Silence in the face of evil is evil itself. May God in His mercy lead us through these times; but above all, may He lead us to Himself.” -- Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

 If, in voting for the President of the United Stares, I were able to look past all the unprincipled decisions of the Trump administration,  I would have to be stopped by one  horrendous act:  the separation of children from their parents at the concentration camps on our southern borders.

I believe we are all “tired” of COVID-19, and how it has impacted our normal daily lives of going to work, sending our students to school, shopping at stores, and many other things. We crave the normalcy of 2019 and our lives before COVID.

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.