News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

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On May 10, 1823, at about noon, a small sternwheel steamboat drew within sight of Fort Armstrong at the western tip of Rock Island. She was greeted by a welcome salute cannon from the fort and musket fire from the Sauk and Meskwaki Indians along the shore.

Davenport Parks and Recreation

After years of planning and fund-raising, a new playground has opened in Davenport's Vander Veer Park.

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A while back I told you about a local professor whose grand imagination represents the pinnacle of professor-dom. I'm afraid I can't tell you his name. A major university would certainly snatch him away from our small local college.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity has celebrated an important milestone for three of its families. Last week, it burned their mortgages symbolizing that they'd paid off their home loans.

Volunteer Capitol

Oct 12, 2020

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Fourteen miles upstream from Rock Island at the head of the Rock Island Rapids, sits the small town of LeClaire, Iowa, home of several restaurants and gas stations. Its claim to fame is that Buffalo Bill lived here briefly as a child.

The Cities - Pgm #1046

Oct 10, 2020

Death of the Downtown

Oct 9, 2020

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Few people around Rock Island had ever seen a downtown die. Since Midwest towns began to sprout up in the 19th century, downtowns big and small had been the heart of American culture. Here we gathered for our social moments. From benches in the park we watched the seasons pass and stood each 4th of July to hear the Gettysburg Address after the parade. Here we came on Friday nights when the stores stayed open to shop and discuss life in small groups around streetlights, while the kids watched the free movies in the vacant lot. Here we came after church four times a year to eat Sunday dinner at the hotel.

iMatter Rally 2020

This Sunday, the Quad Cities will join a nationwide movement to support Black youth.  At Douglas Park in Rock Island, a hundred local Black men will participate in iMatter Rally 2020.   

Annie Wittenmyer

Oct 8, 2020

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Recently I saw an announcement for one of those motivational workshops titled "Be the engine of your life, not the caboose." Here's a story about one woman who did not need that workshop.

Canadian Pacific


A Christmas tradition has been canceled for this year because of the pandemic. The Canadian Pacific Railroad has announced the Holiday Train will not travel through Canada and the northern United States, hosting concerts and collecting food donations.