News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Child of Light

Oct 21, 2020

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Cindy Weretheman lived near Rock Island for almost twenty-four years. For the last four of those years, she taught me something about light.


Oct 20, 2020

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Consider this an advanced warning should you decide to invite a Rock Islander into your home for dinner. Like most Midwesterners, we inhabitants of the Upper Mississippi Valley speak a dialect that may need translating.

Worried about the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the city and the Quad Cities, Davenport Mayor Mike Matson has issued an executive order. Effective immediately, city staff and people visiting city facilities must wear masks, and attendance is limited to ten people at public meetings.

QC Ranks High in "Best Places to Live"

Oct 19, 2020

The Quad-Cities ranks 79th among the top 150 best places to live in the nation, and the sixth most affordable, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Anna V. Larson

Oct 19, 2020

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Several months ago, I went to Anna V. Larson's funeral at St. John's Lutheran Church in Rock Island. It was one of those passings that people call "a blessing." Anna was well up in her eighties and for the last ten years or so had lived in excruciating pain from a pinched nerve. She needed a walker to shuffle even small distances. One or two Sundays a year, she actually skipped church.

The Cities - Pgm #1047

Oct 17, 2020

21 Day Equity Challenge

Oct 16, 2020
Quad Cities United Way

On Midwest Week, local residents are challenged to confront their attitudes about race, and change their behavior.


Oct 16, 2020

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Just as Adam named all the flora and fauna in the Garden of Eden, so we Rock Islanders give names to the landscape around us in order to show our control—our dominion. Valleys have names, as do the bluffs. Even the smallest ponds and creeks have names. And of course, every human construct has a name, too: 38th St., the Kahl Building.

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Now that it has a name, construction could soon begin on a new park in Davenport. Wednesday night, the city council officially approved "Jersey Farms Park" for the 11-acre site in the northeast part of the city, on East 65th Street, near Jersey Ridge Road.

The Rock Island Argus

Oct 15, 2020

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Newspaper editors are almost as apt as other folks to change their minds when a better idea comes along. Here's a local example.