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.  

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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.

The Days of Summer

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.

We would like to share a sincere and heartfelt thank you to all who have show support to Abigail Bierman throughout her recent Scripps National Spelling Bee journey.

When is a story finished?

American Legion Post 273 would like to thank the Bellevue community for their support of our Centennial celebration. The attendance at our Memorial Day observance was outstanding. Thank You Bellevue High School for the use of the gym during the inclement weather.

The Senior Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program provides qualified seniors aged 60 and over with coupons (checks) that can be exchanged at farmer’s markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs for fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs, …

The Maquoketa Sentinel-Press filed a complaint Friday with the Iowa Public Information Board against the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the County Attorney’s Office for declining to release requested public documents.

Many important facts from the April 6 police call involving Assistant Jackson County Attorney Amanda Lassance have started to come into focus, no thanks at all to Clinton County law enforcement officials who would like the story to go away.

On Sunday, May 5, my wife and I started in Darlington, WI, drove through Hazel Green and down along the east side of the river to see all flood waters. We crossed in Savanna and drove up the west side to Bellevue where we stopped.

When you died, I thought I would never smile again.  I was sure I would never laugh again.  You were not only my Mom, but my best friend.  For years I would head to the phone...sometimes even picking up the receiver... to share something that one of the  kids did, only to realize that I coul…

If officials want trust, records should be open to public

The Red Basket Project of Jackson County team packs and distributes feminine hygiene products to low income and homeless girls and women throughout Jackson County. Every month we distribute products and “period packs” (bags packed with enough products to help a student thru a monthly cycle) …

On May 27, 2019 at noon a dream for Jackson County will come true. Jackson County Veterans Memorial Park will have a dedication ceremony on East Jefferson Street in Maquoketa. This dream started 5 years ago with Bobby Johnson the owner of the lot where the Memorial Park is located. His dream…

The intent of this column is to provide commentary on public policy as it affects the American economy. Since you are part of the economy, it affects you. Hopefully, this will give you some “food for thought.” I have no intent to force my bias and opinion ( although I do have them.) What is …

   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…

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.

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.