News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Model Trains

Feb 9, 2021

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By day, Lou Belby is a perfectly normal professor of Spanish and Latin American literature. Late each afternoon he leaves his office and returns to his home in Rock Island. Perhaps he reads the paper, talks over difficult students with his wife, Laura, and sits down to supper.

Mayfly Mayday

Feb 8, 2021

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Are you as worried as I am about the disappearance of the mayflies? June is a poor thing along the Upper Mississippi River without the swarms of those three-inch insects who used to emerge from the river, live for a single night, and then decorate every front porch, store window, streetlight, and sidewalk inches thick with their bodies.

Good morning, this is your Wellness Wake Up Call with Kristin Bogdonas, nutrition and wellness educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, and Stark Counties.

Today’s topic is “Kind Mind, Happy Heart: what you can do to boost your mood and protect your heart”.

The Cities - Pgm #1111

Feb 6, 2021

Cleng Peerson

Feb 5, 2021

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After walking fifteen hundred miles through woods and forests, up hills and across streams, out over endless prairies, a man is entitled to take a rest under a tree and dream.


Feb 4, 2021

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St. Matthew may have known his lilies of the field when he advised us to be like them and "take no thought for the morrow," but he had almost certainly never tried out that wisdom in the pilot house of a Mississippi River steamboat. He would have been catfish bait. Even an apprentice cub knew enough to steer ahead—way, way ahead.

River Gambler

Feb 3, 2021

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Gambling was present on most passenger boats on the Upper Mississippi River, but it never reached the Hollywood proportions of riverboat gambling on the Lower Mississippi, where plantations, horses, and women were won and lost on the turn of a card. Upper Mississippi gamblers were content if they made two or three hundred dollars a week.

The Commodore's Prayer

Feb 2, 2021

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The best of the steamboat captains on the Upper Mississippi River became legends in their own lifetimes for their daring and their skill. Above them all stood William F. Davidson, the only captain to be accorded the honorary rank of Commodore by fellow rivermen. The Commodore was head of the Davidson Line, the largest and most successful line of packet boats on the river. Proud and headstrong, the Commodore made sure both his boats and his crews were shipshape. The Davidson Line ran on time and went where it said it would go.

Despite what looked like very long odds when it started, the Salvation Army exceeded its goal for the Christmas Campaign. It started in November with a goal of 650,000 dollars, and ended on January 31, 20 per cent higher, at 778,000 dollars.

Quad Cities Coordinator Major Robert Doliber says they optimistically set the goal at a nine per cent increase over what was raised a year ago.

Moline Library Re-opens

Feb 1, 2021
Moline Library

After being closed for more than two months because of the pandemic, the Moline Library has mostly re-opened.

Library Director Bryon Lear says he decided it was safe to let people come in and browse through the stacks again after the state of Illinois relaxed its mitigation restrictions, and case numbers in Rock Island County dropped back to levels seen in the fall. Even though the building closed on November 20th, Lear says he and his traff were busy - helping people on the phone and by email, and scheduling computer appointments.