Author: Michaela Frerichs

Brightening the holidays at MCSA

The holiday season is a time for fun, excitement, and happiness. For some people, the holidays can be a rough time of year, but the Muscatine Center for Social Action does its part to make the holidays a little brighter. Bonnie Nichols of MCSA said, “The holidays can be an added stress, especially for those struggling with money, housing, a mental illness, and/or a broken relationship with their family. We do our best at MCSA to help folks have a good holiday.” During the recent Thanksgiving holiday, volunteers came and served a Thanksgiving feast to the guests and residents...

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Two Weeks of Love: Week two

The 17th Annual Two Weeks of Love comes to an end this Friday. The first week, Freezin’ For Food, was held November 27 through December 1 and collected a trailer full of non-perishable food donations for the Salvation Army of Muscatine. The food collected will be the bulk of donations for the Salvation Army of Muscatine the entire year, as this is the only time during the year they hold collections, although donations are welcome anytime. This week is Toy Time, and the same trailer will be filled with new, unwrapped toys which will also go to the Salvation...

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Books by Bancks

Bob Bancks writes about what he knows. His novels feature Muscatine and some of the surrounding towns. Bancks said he writes based on his experiences as a farmer and his knowledge of eastern Iowa. “I have written five novels. The three were romance novels about a farm couple living north of Muscatine. The last two featured cops and robbers. One was about a corrupt sheriff’s department in Muscatine, which was taking bribes from a woman in Wapello who ran a call girl service out of a packing plant. They were exposed by two DCI agents, who became the subject...

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Two Weeks of Love coming soon

If you’ve lived in the City of Muscatine for more than a year, you’re probably familiar with Two Weeks of Love. During the two weeks following Thanksgiving, businesses and individuals join forces to help those in need in our area. This will mark the 17th year of Two Weeks of Love. The first week is Freezin’ for Food. Non-perishable food items can be donated to help fill the Hawkeye Hauler provided by TanTara Transportation. If you prefer, Hy-Vee offers pre-filled bags for purchase that include staple food items. All donations go to Muscatine’s Salvation Army Food Pantry and help...

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Newly elected councilmembers recommend leave for Mandsager

The Muscatine City Council held its regular meeting on Thursday, November 16. The meeting began with the council opening the floor to the public. Newly elected but not-yet-serving council members Kelcey Brackett, Nadine Brockert, and Osmond Malcolm spoke together and presented a suggestion to the council that City Administrator Gregg Mandsager be placed on paid administrative leave while his lawsuit against the city and Mayor Diana Broderson is in effect. They also said an outside counsel should be utilized to advise the city on how to proceed. The three each had their own reasons for agreeing to join together...

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