Author: Michaela Frerichs

Jackson Concert Series brings music to Muscatine

Wesley United Methodist Church has presented The Jackson Concert Series every year since 1981. In 1979, a Muscatine lawyer named Robert S. Jackson passed away and left a trust fund to the church to fund “musical concerts to be known as Jackson Concerts, open without charge to the general public, to be held in the City of Muscatine and if possible in Wesley United Church.” The first Jackson Concert was held in October 1981. Jackson and Wesley United Church wanted the presentations to be a way to provide a cultural amenity to Muscatine, adding to the quality of life...

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Kent Stein to Deep Lakes Park trail officially open

Contributed by Kevin Jenison, Communications Manager, City of Muscatine. It was 10 years in the making. Over 30 different routes were considered, debated, and discarded for one reason or another. Finally, one route met with approval from all concerned. After just two months of construction, the newest trail to join the Muscatine network is open for all to enjoy.   Dignitaries from around the region along with walking and bicycling enthusiasts gathered on Friday, October 20 just off 41st Street east of Stewart Road, where the newest trail enters Deep Lakes Park, for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.   “What...

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Handcrafted Christmas

The past two years, the Muscatine Farmers Market has held a regular indoor market during the winter months. Jennifer DeFosse, Market Manager of the Muscatine Area Farmers Market, said, “We began hosting an indoor market two years ago. Our first year it was a great success, both in terms of customers and vendors.” Unfortunately, the market saw a decline in success the year after. “We saw such a sharp decrease in foot traffic last year that our vendors decided they would rather go back to having just the Christmas event,” said DaFosse. This winter, the only market event they...

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Start-Up Grind talks with founder and CEO of TAG Communications

Start-Up Grind is an organization for entrepreneurs to network, learn, and explore the world of business. The Muscatine branch is directed by Jim Elias and hosts speakers each month. On Tuesday, October 24, Start-Up Grind held an event with Mike Vondran, founder and CEO of TAG Communications, as their speaker. Mike Vondran grew up in a blue-collar family, worked a newspaper route, and said his parents always had something for him to do. “They were hard-working, good people,” he said at Start-Up Grind. In high school, Vondran was involved with a group called Junior Achievement, which he is still...

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Beating cancer requires early detection

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Anyone can develop breast cancer, including men. Men and women are encouraged to have regular checkups and meet with their doctor if they have concerns or if something doesn’t feel right. Early detection and treatment are key for survival. In 2013, Holly Oppelt was having some problems, so she went to her doctor. This was the first step to her beating cancer. Oppelt was referred to the OB/GYN at Trinity Muscatine, where they discovered she had uterine cancer. At the same time, Oppelt was due for a mammogram and the radiologist sat Oppelt...

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