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Author: Mary Mason

Muscatine man helps bring awareness through paint

A colorful display of K9s can be seen all around downtown Chicago this summer. The K9s for Cops program has placed over 40 almost-6-foot dog statues around the area. The base of each dog is the same, though the final appearances are varied and unique. One Muscatine man had the opportunity to be a part of the special project. Jim Hetzler says he first learned about the program through a Brush Master group he is a part of in the Chicago area. Hetzler, who specializes in custom paint graphics and pin striping, was intrigued by the program. The K9...

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Fruitland Fire discusses finances and equipment

Members of the Fruitland Fire Department gathered to present information to the Fruitland Fire Board on Monday, July 24. The presentation centered around the age and state of the trucks and equipment owned by the volunteer service. In addition to the state of the vehicles, Lt. Brandon Haynes explained that when vehicles need maintenance, the firefighters are forced to use their personal tools. He expressed frustration at the department’s not being what he perceives as fully equipped. The largest discussion of the evening centered around the department’s pumper truck. Engine 111 currently has a blown engine and is inoperable....

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Musser Public Library bounces back

The Musser Public Library held a festival on Friday evening to celebrate bouncing back from the storm that caused the library to close for a week. The festival included activities for children and adults, as well as drawings for prizes ranging from grocery and gas gift cards to larger prizes such as iPads. Attendees were able to earn a chance to win prizes by visiting a variety of fun stations located around the library. “Children can still sign up for summer reading if they have not done that yet,” Betty Collins, children’s librarian, explained. “They can earn prizes for...

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“It’s all about the love”

When Mary Catherine Brown agreed to marry Everett LeRoy Orris, neither one of the young couple knew exactly what that would look like in the years to come. The couple said their vows for the first time on July 20, 1947. Mary, who goes by Katie, says the couple moved to Oklahoma towards the beginning of their marriage.  This was quite a change for the couple, who were both raised in Iowa. Katie fondly recalls the time the couple spent making new friends and the excitement of what life would hold for the couple. She then recounts the sadness...

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Making the most of the fair

Many Muscatine area residents recognize the Muscatine County Fair, held at the County Fairgrounds in West Liberty, as a week of fun. The week includes rides, small stage shows, grandstand shows, and more delicious food than many people see or taste in a year. However, there is an entire other side to the fair that many people are not aware of. The county fair is the end goal to yearlong projects for many 4-H and FFA students. The various clubs and individuals work throughout the year on projects ranging from sewing, home décor, and baking to livestock projects involving...

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Mon 23

Go Figure!

August 5 @ 8:00 am - November 5 @ 5:00 pm
Mon 23

Carol Steinmetz: An Artists Spectrum

August 5 @ 1:00 pm - November 9 @ 5:00 pm
Mon 23

Go Figure!

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - November 28 @ 11:00 pm
Mon 23

Carol Steinmetz: An Artists Spectrum

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - December 2 @ 11:00 pm
Mon 23

Christmas Applications being taken at Salvation Army

October 3 @ 9:00 am - November 3 @ 11:30 am