Sam Dunklau

Augustana College MJMC Intern

I  am currently a senior at Augustana College, majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication with a minor in Creative Writing. I serve as the General Manager for, Augustana's online student radio station and have worked as an intern and DJ at Studstill Media Group. I report on local news for WVIK and am honored and excited to be a part of the news team. I hope to pursue a career in radio broadcasting and an eventual master's degree in English or Communications. 

With some of the first below-freezing weather of this winter arriving this week, Quad Cities homeowners should be prepared. While most usually think about their furnace and shoveling snow, Iowa American Water is encouraging residents to check their water pipes.

Augustana College

Science facilities at Augustana College are about to expand. On Wednesday, it announced a gift of $2.5 million from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to add on to The Hanson Hall of Science.

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A Davenport charity will soon host a holiday visitor from Canada. On Saturday, the Canadian Pacific Railway's Holiday Train will make a stop in Davenport to benefit the food pantry network of Churches United of the Quad City Area.

The train has made a stop in the Quad Cities every other year since 2008, raising awareness about hunger and encouraging food donations. Donations exceeded $25,000 when the train last stopped in 2014.

Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging

An agency in Rock Island is helping seniors review or change their Medicare coverage. During its Open Enrollment period,  the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging is offering free counseling for those with Part D and Advantage plans.

A retiree has joined four others in the race for Moline alderman at-large. Carol Triebel was the latest to announce her candidacy on Monday.

A new food pantry will soon start serving local veterans in need. This weekend, The Quad City Veterans Outreach Center will open in Davenport.

Deere and Company will help a local college start a new degree program. On Wednesday, Augustana announced a $1.5 million grant from the John Deere Foundation will establish an endowed chair for data analytics.

Iowa will help a local startup expand. Today, The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded $100,000 to JumpOnIt, a company that helps local businesses provide exclusive deals to area residents.

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Faculty at a local college want to change its academic calendar. In a vote of 124 to 47 last week, faculty at Augustana College recommended moving from 10-week trimesters to semesters.

Davenport Community School District

A local school district is well on its way to filling a school that will close this month. Davenport Schools are looking for tenants to fill the first floor of JB Young School. 

Last fall, the school board voted to close JB Young, and staff fielded ideas about how to use the building at meetings held in February. They included a half day summer camp, preschool, wellness clinic, and even a history center. Over 15,000 square feet of space is available.