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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.

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.

“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?  

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.

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.

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.