Author: Joel Kraushaar

Building a business one brick at time

The November edition of Muscatine’s Startup Grind featured the local, growing business of Hoekstra Masonry. Jake Hoekstra and his wife, Carissa, have worked as a family to build a successful business, but the story begins long before the business opened in 2009. Jim Elias, the president of the Startup Grind group in Muscatine, asked Hoekstra what his “lemonade stand was.” Jake told a story about how, as a kid, he would pick his neighbor’s zucchini and sell it door-to-door at a lower price than what the neighbor would sell it for. This was his first toe-dip in the pool...

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Share the Love

It is not often I get to write in my own voice. As a reporter, my job is to bring you the news I observe. This week, I get to be part of the news as I spend my mornings in the parking lot at Hy-Vee collecting food donations from the community for Freezin’ For Food in week one of Two Weeks of Love. This is my third TWL as a part of the Voice of Muscatine team, and each year I am amazed by the generosity of the community. We are in the middle of the week, and...

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MHS students participate in All-State Music Festival

The Iowa High School All-State Music Festival celebrated their 71st year. Muscatine sent 17 students to participate in band, orchestra, and choir. Seery Awbrey is a junior soprano who will be making the trip to Ames for the first time. “The rehearsals with my group were really fun. It was hard to get together, so we had to get together later at night and all four of us in the quartet making it. I didn’t think I was going to make it because this was my first year,” Awbrey said. The students will rehearse with a choir of 600...

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Chocolate bourbon pecan pie

I love to cook. However, I am terrible at baking. I did find one recipe that I have mastered and brought to work for a holiday potluck my first year at Musco Lighting: chocolate bourbon pecan pie. This quick, easy variation on a traditional pie is my go-to dessert when I need to entertain.     Ingredients   1 9-inch unbaked pie shell 2 cups pecan halves 3 large eggs, beaten 3 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 cup dark corn syrup 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons good-quality bourbon 3 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped     Preparation Preheat the oven to...

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Muscatine native’s career leads to NFL

Josh Schuler graduated from Muscatine High School in 2002. In his years following high school, he attended Iowa State University and received a degree in exercise science. “It was my second year at Iowa State. To be honest, I didn’t realize that it was even a profession I could go into. I went to ISU and thought business was the only way to really make money, but then I found exercise science and that I could put my passion for working out and training to work professionally,” Schulder said. Schuler started working with student athletes at ISU, and one...

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