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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…

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

Let love thaw you out from the frigid wind chills this week.

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…

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…

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.

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.

Visitors to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park’s Fort Clatsop, frankly, are sometimes underwhelmed by it, as were the indigenous natives for which it was named.

Many in the community have been talking about why a new Bellevue Elementary school is needed (or not needed). Meetings in regard to the elementary have been ongoing for many years, including during my time as Superintendent approximately four years ago. These meetings have allowed me to hear…