Sarah Ritter

Augustana College MJMC Intern & Amy Helpenstell Foundation Fellow

I will graduate in 2015 as a Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication major. Through the MJMC program, I have been able to develop a diverse set of skills which are applicable in the quickly changing journalism field. It has been exciting to learn how to find and write relevant news stories, as well as utilize the newest technology to capture and edit visual stories through photography and video. Being a part of Augustana's journalism program and working for the school newspaper, the Observer, has introduced me to a work field where I could combine my love of writing with my interest in learning how to use new mediums to share stories and express ideas.  This internship will allow me to write and edit news stories for the radio, and experience new audio recording and editing software. I began my news internship with WVIK last month, and I have already been able to write two news stories. My goal after graduation is to find a position with NPR. I believe that working with WVIK will be a good step on the way to that goal, as it will teach me to produce high quality, accurate news. I am truly grateful to the Hanson Family Foundation for giving me this opportunity.

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Another actress is making her way through Iowa this week, campaigning for Hillary Clinton. Monday, actress and activist, Busy Philipps is visiting early voting polling locations and colleges throughout the state. 

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It's the end of an era for the Bettendorf riverfront. Over the weekend, the former Isle of Capri casino boat left the city, where it had been docked for more than two decades.

Scott County Auditor's Office

Residents of Scott County now have more places where they can vote early. Monday, October 17, the county opened additional satellite locations, so residents can cast ballots in-person before November 8th. 

Henry County Sheriff's Department

The sheriff of Henry County says fewer deputies will be on patrol if a public safety tax is not passed next month. Sheriff Jim Padilla is encouraging residents to vote for a half-percent sales tax increase, to help fund the sheriff's department and county jail.

Padilla says the current public safety budget is $5 million, which comes out of the general fund. The proposed tax increase could bring in about $1.5 million the first year.

"On a good day we have four patrol deputies out. And we have a jail to maintain, which over the weekend we had 99 inmates in. We have a staff of only 24 correctional officers. So all of that, and equipment also. We have squad cars that need to be replaced, badly need to be replaced," he says.

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Bill Clinton stressed that "cooperation works better than conflict," during a campaign stop in Davenport Thursday night. While encouraging Iowans to vote early for Hillary Clinton, the former president said "make America great again" really means "make America like it was 50 years ago."


A Rock Island-based agency has broken ground on what will be the first major residential development in downtown Sterling. The Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation, or GROWTH, has begun construction on the Lawrence Building, which has been vacant since the 1960s, and sits above the Whiteside County Courthouse. 

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Today, the Quad Cities community is remembering a prominent business leader, who died last week. Hans Becherer was the chairman and CEO of Deere and Company in the 1990s, and helped Moline redevelop its downtown.

Becherer was first hired by Deere in 1962, and was elected chairman and CEO in 1990. Before his retirement in 2000, Becherer helped Deere create its relationship with the Professional Golfer's Association. And during his leadership, Moline opened the John Deere Pavilion downtown.

Becherer was also "instrumental" in the growth of Rivermont Collegiate, the private school in Bettendorf. Rivermont Director of Development, Drew Boster, says Becherer served as chairman of the Board of Trustees during the 90s.

Boster says both of his children attended the school, and Becherer laid the foundation for what Rivermont is today. Rivermont named Becherer Hall in his honor in 2001. 

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Former president Bill Clinton will be in Davenport Thursday night. It'll be one stop on his "Early Vote Bus Tour" through Iowa this week, where he's encouraging residents to vote for his wife, Hillary Clinton.

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Last year, the Upper Mississippi River received a "C" on a report card grading the five major river basins. Thursday and Friday, 200 people from 20 different states will be in the Quad Cities, working to raise that grade.

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A former chairman and CEO of Deere and Company has died. Tuesday, Deere announced the death of Hans Becherer, who led the Moline-based company during a "time of significant growth" in the 1990s.

A native of Detroit, Becherer was first hired by Deere in 1962, and elected chairman and CEO in 1990. He spent most of his time in Europe, and is credited with expanding Deere's international operations. Under his leadership, lawn-and-garden equipment sales topped $1 billion for the first time.

Before his retirement in 2000, Becherer helped Deere create a long-term relationship with the Professional Golfer's Association. In 1997, the company began sponsoring the John Deere Classic, and became the PGA tour's official golf course equipment supplier.

That same year, Moline opened the John Deere Pavilion downtown.