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Author: Mary Mason

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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Ainsley Faith Foundation aims to help others

Chris and Melissa Anderson are no strangers to the halls of the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. For the past ten years, the couple has relied on the hospital for their family’s care. The Andersons’ son Connor died in infancy, and their daughter Ainsley needs regular care and attention from UIHC facilities. Because of the kindness and care they have received, along with many families in Muscatine and the areas surrounding UIHC, the couple has taken great strides to fundraise and give back. Due to the importance of the hospital to their family, and many families like theirs, the...

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Bible reading marathon in Muscatine County

Members of the Muscatine community gathered on the Muscatine County Courthouse lawn over the weekend to participate in the second annual Bible Reading Marathon. Volunteers chose a card with a specific section of the Bible to read. Once the section was read, the volunteers placed their names on the back and the section was marked off the master list. Volunteers had the option to choose one card or several. Many volunteers read several sections. The Bible Reading Marathon is part of the initiative signed in 2016 by Governor Branstad allowing for public Bible reading in all 99 counties in...

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Police Lt. hits his mark

Muscatine Police Department’s Lt. Jeff Jirak has received the distinction of being placed on the Iowa Governor’s top twenty list of the top shooters in Iowa for twenty years in a row. Jirak, who was named the number one shooter in the state in 2009, has been involved in competition shooting since before he began working in law enforcement. “I have been involved in the competitive shooting field since 1990.” He explains, “I was hired at the department in 1992, and I have been able to keep at it since then.” In addition to individual competitions, Jirak is involved...

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Outstanding Teen from Muscatine competes in Miss Iowa Pageant

Carissa Johnson has been competing in pageants for as long as she can remember. The MHS junior, who will be 16 this month, is the current Miss Scott County Outstanding Teen. Carissa competed earlier this summer for the title of Miss Iowa Outstanding Teen, where she placed fourth runner-up.  The category included thirteen teens from across the state who gathered at the Adler Theatre in Davenport, Iowa. For Carissa, the contests are more than what happens on stage. “I know that it sounds silly, but I really love to meet the other contestants. The girls I meet and spend...

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Sat 18

Go Figure!

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - November 28 @ 11:00 pm
Sat 18

Carol Steinmetz: An Artists Spectrum

August 28 @ 6:00 pm - December 2 @ 11:00 pm
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2017 Happy Thanksgiving Kids Cooking Class

November 18 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat 18

New Boston Fire & Ambulance Fish & Chicken Fry

November 18 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm