Author: Joel Kraushaar

Hometown Hawkeye

Joe Wieskamp has known his basketball destination since June 9, 2015. Early in the summer following his freshman year at Muscatine High School, the long athletic wing verbally committed to play college basketball at the University of Iowa. On Wednesday, he signed his National Letter of Intent, officially joining the Hawkeye program. “It’s cool, but for me, it really is just another day,” Wieskamp said. “I have been committed for so long, I am just glad the day is finally here.” What many don’t know is that the young man’s journey began on the same campus at the University...

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City Council moves forward with Riverside Park master plan

The Muscatine City Council agreed to move forward with a master plan for Muscatine’s riverfront. Landscape architect Ed Freer, an urban designer with SEH Inc., made a presentation to the public and council highlighting new proposed plans for Muscatine’s Riverside Park, saying it was the first step in beginning a multi-year, multi-million-dollar design. The master plan concept he presented included a newly proposed amphitheater, a boat fueling and washing station, a beer garden venue, a dock to receive riverboat cruises, and cosmetic upgrades to Muscatine’s riverfront. The master plan divides Riverside Park into three areas. The amphitheater for outdoor...

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12 Angry Jurors

Twelve Angry Men is a cinematic classic. The screenplay written by Reginald Rose and film directed by Sidney Lumet is a staple in film and literature classes in high school and college all over the country. The Muscatine High School Drama department will be presenting a stage adaptation of the Rose story titled Twelve Angry Jurors. “We have the option to cast this show as 12 men, 12 women, or mixed. We are doing the mixed cast,” said Drama Director Rene Mauck. The story takes the audience inside the jury deliberation room as they attempt to come to a...

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Wilton advances to football quarterfinals

On a cold rainy night on the banks of the Mississippi in Bellevue, Iowa, the Wilton Beaver football team had a challenge in front of them. Bellevue High School boasted one of the most productive offenses in the state, averaging just under 432 yards of total offense per game and 41 points per game. “They live off big plays. We knew we had to limit the big plays,” said Wilton head football coach Ryan Hetzler. “The performance of our defense was outstanding. Our defensive backs played the best game they have ever played.” The Wilton defense held the Comets...

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West Liberty and Wilton make football playoffs

Last season, Wilton and Sigourney Keota faced off with the winner punching their ticket to the Iowa High School Athletic Association playoffs. The Cobras took last season’s matchup and got out to an early lead on Friday night. But the Beavers battled back. After trailing 22-12 going into the fourth quarter, the Beavers’ Jerome Mays scored on a QB keeper with less than 20 seconds left to secure the 36-30 victory and a second-place district finish, qualifying Wilton for the post-season. Wilton will travel to face Bellevue on Friday night for round one of the playoffs. West Liberty handled...

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