Author: Joel Kraushaar

Team Iowa Takes National Championship

The NUC Rising Stars football championship took place in Las Vegas, Nevada, December 17 – 20, 2015. The 7th grade team from Iowa defeated Team Oklahoma 24-6 and Team Oregon 42-8 to claim the National Championship for the 7th grade division. The team, comprised of student-athletes from across Iowa, had a strong Muscatine influence. Muscatine student-athletes Mentor Cooper, Eli Gaye, Zander Morgan, Damian Petersen, Xander Stoltzfus and Prince Wei were all part of Team Iowa.  Muscatine Varsity Softball coach Jason Stoltzfus was also a member of the coaching...

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Muscatine graduate earns living making people laugh

In 1997, Mike Bridenstine attended a comedy show at Hancher Auditorium that featured Saturday Night Live stars Daryl Hammond, Jim Brewer, and Norm Macdonald. Bridenstine, who was always a quick- witted jokester in his group of friends, started to think a little bit more about his funny stories. After graduating from Muscatine High School in 1998, the son of Muscatine area educators Maureen and Rich Bridenstine enrolled at the University of Iowa. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Art in 2003. Mike was not sure what he wanted to do; he contemplated Law School but continued...

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Iowa school report cards highlight procedures in place in MCSD

On December 16, the Iowa Department of Education issued report cards for every school in the Muscatine Community School District. Each school is ranked in several categories before being assigned a grade. The system assigns schools one of six overall ratings: Exceptional, High-Performing, Commendable, Acceptable, Needs Improvement, and Priority. The ratings are based on each school’s performance over a two-year period on up to eight educational measures. According to the Iowa Department of Education, “The school ratings are composed of a combination of multiple measures included to calculate an overall score for each school in Iowa.” Schools are rated...

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Candidates come to Muscatine

As the Iowa caucuses get closer and closer Muscatine continues to be a stop on the campaign trail for presidential hopefuls. On Tuesday, December 28th Republican candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Democratic candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont visited Muscatine. Just under 100 people congregated at Elly’s Tea and Coffee in the Peal Plaza on 2nd street to see Christie. Elly Lloyd, the owner said, “We love having candidates come to our place, it gives our business and downtown Muscatine great exposure.” Lloyd added, “We get visitors from other counties and states for these events.” Muscatine...

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Muscatine family uses “secret recipe” to feed families of patients in PICU

Melissa and Chris Anderson have been through a lot. The couple lost their son, Connor, two and a half hours after he was born. A few years later, the Andersons welcomed the birth of their second child, their daughter Ainsley. Ainsley was sick, the Anderson’s didn’t know what it was. They spent 45 days of Ainsley’s first 6 months in the NICU. At 6 months Ainsley was diagnosed with D-Bifunctional protein deficiency, a disorder that causes deterioration of the nervous system beginning in infancy. This disorder, which is estimated to affect one in 100,000, had now been identified as...

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