Fish fries are a weekly event about town, McDonald's advertises two fish sandwiches for $5, Culvers is hawking their cod fish sandwich as being ‘fresh from the North Atlantic,’ Hardees is trying to sell their ‘fish supreme charbroiled cod’ and seafood buffets beckon those with a promise o…

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In the winter of the late ‘50s I returned from an away basketball game. It was probably around 11 p.m. in the evening when I decided to drive on the frozen over ice rink at Cole Park.

I’ve lived in a nightmare for more than 300 days as I watched my son, Drew Mangler, be arrested, put on trial, and convicted of second-degree murder.

On behalf of the team that put together the Kayla Fuegen Sellers benefit, I’d like to offer a big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped with the benefit, provided donations, and attended the benefit event on March 2 at Gil’s Ballroom.

A public information meeting will be held to discuss gypsy moth management actions planned for June of this year. The European gypsy moth is a non-native, invasive pest capable of feeding on over 300 species of trees and shrubs, with a preference to oaks. During outbreaks, gypsy moth caterpi…

Bellevue Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts would like to extend our Thanks to the Bellevue Community for their generosity for making Scouting for Food a great day!  Thank you to Bender's Foods for helping with this great fundraiser that benefits the Bellevue Bread Basket. All total, the scouts colle…

The perspective of youth often fails to be addressed on the topic of the decision-making process associated with the future of the Bellevue Elementary building. The complex and controversial issues surrounding Bellevue’s crumbling and inefficient elementary building are well known by the you…

As a grandparent, I want to know my grandkids’ future is a priority for our lawmakers. That starts with making our state a healthier place to live.

Come grow old with me. The best is yet to be...

For the past several years, my family has gathered on Memorial Day from different parts of the state.  There were 15 of us last year and it is fun to have enough space to spread out and still be together.  Mostly we enjoy eating, playing cards, drinking a little, taking a little hike, fishin…

“Children are not a distraction from work; they are the most important work.”

Bellevue Community School District, along with Marquette Catholic Schools, have each missed 10 days of school due to heavy snow, ice and frigid temperatures over the past several weeks.

  Just so you know going into this, I had already been housebound with a slight case of pneumonia for over a week when the great Snowpocalypse and the spinning mass of winter-chilled Arctic air  known as the polar vortex "pert near" killed us all.  So after several days of an antibiotic and …

Did you know that the rate of alcohol outlet density in Jackson County is 47.44 percent higher than the State of Iowa’s rate?  What does this mean for Jackson County and why should we care?  

  So one day as I was scrolling through various social media posts, I see in gigantic letters:

One of the biggest contrasts in public access to state and local governments in Iowa came into focus last week, and Iowans should be concerned by what occurred.

When people think of the Pacific Northwest — at least back when clever ad men worked for railroads, not high tech companies — they thought of big timber and salmon. It seemed like there was an inexhaustible supply of both.

The LaMotte Area Advancement Committee is proud to report that the installation of the new playground equipment and sidewalks in the LaMotte City Park has been completed. We began our  Pump Up the Park project approximately 4 years ago and with the amazing support of the LaMotte community an…

And just like that, I wake up and it is 2019.  It was just the 1960s, right?

'Tis the season for giving. Winston Churchill is said to have quoted, "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."  How do I get more in life from giving, we might ask.  

Local board members of the youth Philanthropy Board in Jackson County (PBnJ) is now accepting grant applications. PBnJ will award $2,500 to strengthen and grow the programs of youth-serving nonprofit organizations in the county.

Christmas Circa mid 1970s, early ‘80s

The Bellevue Bread Basket would like to express gratitude to those who contributed to the success of the Holiday Train. We are fortunate to live in a compassionate community, which has a deep understanding of and commitment to the work of ending food insecurity in Bellevue and in the surroun…

News reports are circulating speculating that the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America may file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which is a reorganization, not a liquidation. The National Council has informed us that no decision on a course of action has been made, nor is a decision imminen…

The Iowa Newspaper Association recently announced preliminary winners of the Iowa Better Newspaper Contest for 2019, based on work during the past 12 months. The Bellevue Herald-Leader (in the highest weekly circulation class in Iowa) will receive first, second or third place in six categori…

As of Dec. 14, 2018 I will be ending my 20 years of employment at the Bellevue Herald-Leader as I have accepted a new position!

At this time of year there are many non-profits and programs in Jackson County that offer great giving opportunities.  The people of Jackson County are a generous lot and support these many programs with gifts of time, money and items.

In 2017, Bellevue Heart and Soul, in collaboration with the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, launched a community-wide survey to get your input on community issues to have your voice heard. Throughout 2017 and 2018 the results of this survey have been shared through articles in the B…

I can't believe that another calendar year has flipped and it is once again  time to do a "Things I am Thankful For" column.  As usual, I am thankful for my family, friends, good health, etc. (you know the usual stuff, like bacon, deodorant, toilet paper, happy hour, Netflix, Amazon Prime, G…

I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to Senator Tod Bowman and the outstanding job he did for Jackson County as your State Senator.  

Cybersecurity is present in every aspect of our lives, whether it be at home, work, school, or on the go. The Department of Revenue wants to increase your awareness of cybersecurity and protect yourself online.

Operation: New View, Community Action Agency is now taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for eligible households.

So did anyone watch the swearing-in (interesting to use the word ‘swearing’ in relation to the whole Brett Kavanaugh debacle?)  I am guessing there was a lot of swearing done, especially when the microphones were turned off.

After reading the article in last week’s Herald Leader regarding permitting ATV/UTV vehicles and golf cart/LSVs to use city streets I have to say that I am more than concerned about the safety and enforcement issues that this would cause. I found the following information on the use of off-r…

On behalf of the wonderful people of Bellevue, we wanted to say thank you and let you know where the money went that was collected at Vacation Bible School.  During Vacation Bible School this summer the pastors presented the idea of helping the Marshalltown tornado victims and the VBS leader…

If you are voting Democrat for the future generations you are voting for Saul Alinsky ideas. Remember Hillary and Obama believed in his ideas and the Democrats have been following them for a long time.

I have been hearing a lot of political ads including for our local county offices such as Recorder, Treasurer, and Supervisors.  I would like to encourage everyone who can vote to do so. You can do so by  voting in person at the Auditor’s office or going to the polls on November 6th. With so…

Do we realize that making a family is such a phenomenal experience that, to start with, it takes three persons, one man, one woman, and God.

After watching many political commercials, I felt compelled to write about one that has meaning for Maquoketa and Jackson County. I have watched Senator Bowman come up with ways to attack and discredit his opponent.

Since Rotary International and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication initiative nearly 30 ears ago, the incidence of Polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent, from about 350,000 cases a year to just 37 cases in 2016.  So far in 2017, the data suggests only 5 cases!

I read the article, in the latest Bellevue Herald-Leader, concerning the possible addition of a City ordinance to allow ATVs and golf carts on city streets with some restrictions.  After checking with the Police Department, I was told that ATVs are already allowed on the snowmobile trails wi…

If you are looking for someone to work hard in the Iowa Senate for better schools, look no further than Senator Tod Bowman.

The school year is well underway with a variety of classroom activities designed for learning, along with multiple student activities which take place outside of the classroom. From Fall athletics to fine arts, students are busy at all ages.

I read with interest Jim Budde’s letter of September 27, 2018: Capitalism and Socialism; What do these terms mean?  I have no interest in disputing the content of Jim’s letter.  My only intent is to extend the definition of the two economic systems and not extol their virtues. Jim found, in …

It has been a difficult few weeks as Senator Grassley and fellow Republicans rammed through the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh. But we put up a good fight by contacting our Senators to oppose Kavanaugh. But among all the reports I have seen I would like to share comments from Senator Cory B…

  Over the last several months, I have spent a lot of time talking and listening to people around my district.  One topic that has come up again and again is IPERS (Iowa Public Employee Retirement System), the pension system for public employees here in Iowa.  Folks are worried about what mi…

Contrary to claims by my opponent, I have supported legislation that would crack down on welfare and Medicaid fraud. I also support efforts by the state and federal government to crack down on illegal immigration.

When Judge Kavanaugh first got nominated  for the U.S. Supreme Court in July, the Democrats said they would try and stop him at all costs because he is a too far right extremist to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Hey everyone, did you know there’s this new thing out there called the internet?

It has been a while since I had a column printed in the Bellevue paper.  Everything I come up with seems to cause controversy...except maybe recipes... and I haven't made anything in the last year that I would consider worth sharing.

In last week’s front page story about the new radium treatment facility in Bellevue, it was incorrectly stated that water and sewer rates for all customers were increased to help defray costs for the project.