Author: Mary Mason

Building Bridges: Being the village

Patrick O’Neal Minister at the Muscatine Church of Christ (MCOC) I’m in the middle of a series titled “Being the Village.” It’s a piggyback off the old proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” There are many people in the lives of children: parents, teachers, coaches, babysitters, parents’ friends, public safety officials, you, me—the list goes on and on. There is influence from every angle. So what does it take for us to truly be the village that raises up men and women who are positive and productive members of society, who love God and spread joy?...

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HNI plays part in PrISUm Solar Car

An unusual car was on display on Tuesday, June 20 in the parking lot of HNI on 2nd Street in Muscatine.  The “World’s First Practical Solar Utility Vehicle” is a product of the collaboration of 120 students from Iowa State University. The PrISUm Solar Car Team partnered with HNI to develop and install lightweight seats in the vehicle.  HNI Vice President of Community Relations Gary Carlson says that the students contacted HNI during an annual HNI Day. Partnering with HNI “has been a huge advantage to them, improving the quality of the seat, while having much less weight in...

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Exploring Muscatine County’s parks

As the summer months progress, citizens are encouraged to explore the county’s parks. The one state park near Muscatine is Wildcat Den State Park, known for a robust set of trails that take hikers over a variety of terrain and feature unique elements like Steamboat Rock, Devil’s Punch Bowl, and Fat Man’s Squeeze. Bluffs and rock outcroppings provide scenic views to hikers of all levels of experience. A major focal point of the park is the Pine Creek Grist Mill, located in the eastern part of the park on Pine Creek. The mill was constructed in 1848 by Benjamin...

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FIRST LEGO League Jr. finishes second year strong

Seven Muscatine FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League Jr. clubs presented their projects to reviewers from around the community. Each of the clubs is made up of six kids aged 6 to 10 and led by two volunteers. The groups meet twice a month and are designed to teach students STEM concepts in a fun way. The local program falls under the umbrella of the ISU Extension and Outreach. County Extension Director Krista Regennitter explains, “These kids are actually part of the Clover Kids. Using that program gives us the ability to properly handle...

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Grandview parade and festivities

The City of Grandview will be holding an Independence Day Celebration that will last several days. The event will kick off on Sunday evening with a beauty pageant in Academy Park, where ribeye steak sandwiches and hot dogs will be served in the park shelter. Events are scheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. Monday’s events will include the Kid’s Tractor Pull at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Garden Tractor Pull at 6:30. Monday evenings events will take place in the 200 block of S. Main Street. Once again, ribeye steak sandwiches and hotdogs will be served onsite. Independence Day...

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