News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Lead(h)er Celebrates Four Years

Oct 7, 2020

During a virtual 4th birthday celebration in September, Lead(h)er shared stories from its more than 300 matches of female mentors and mentees, highlighted successes, and announced the 2020 Girl on Fire Award winners.

House Names

Oct 7, 2020

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In almost any city near Rock Island, residents can walk you through their neighborhoods and name the houses: there's the Potter House, the Mitchell house, the Cable home, the Looney mansion, and so on.

Prairie Soil

Oct 6, 2020

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Rock Island sits almost in the center of a sea of grass that once covered much of the American heartland. The story of how this tallgrass prairie became the breadbasket of the United States is a lesson in how the past can deceive as well as teach.

The Crows are Coming

Oct 5, 2020

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This past winter an unusually large number of crows have come to the downstream tip of Rock Island each morning to scavenge pieces of leftover fish from the bald eagles’ previous day's hunt. The ice is dotted with crows looking like black lumps of coal.

The Cities - Pgm #1045

Oct 3, 2020

The Green Tree Hotel

Oct 2, 2020

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It may have been the oldest hotel in North America. Unlike most hotels, it improved with age. For Upper Mississippi raftsmen and river pilots, the Green Tree Hotel at the head of the Rock Island Rapids in Le Claire, Iowa, was home away from home during the last half of the 19th century.


Oct 1, 2020

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It's a tired cliché to say that life is like a road, full of bends, hills, forks and potholes. Or that we are like ships on tempest-tossed seas, sailing toward safe harbors. Or that life, as Shakespeare says, is like a stage.

Flood Crest

Sep 30, 2020

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Tornados, earthquakes, and lightning have this in common: they come quick without warning, like cats pouncing on mice. Hurricanes, volcanos, and forest fires move more slowly, give warning, and even then, they often veer off, suspending their sentence of doom.

Downtown RI Arts and Entertainment District

Closing time for bars in downtown Rock Island will soon move up one hour, from 3 am until 2 am. That was the decision Monday night by the city council that also decided not to make the change permanent, instead it will be in effect until the end of February.


Sep 29, 2020

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Thoreau was only one of many Americans who favored experience as the best teacher. "Who would know knives better," he asked in Walden, "a boy who went to Harvard and took classes in metallurgy, or a boy who mined and smelted his own iron ore, hammered out a knife blade on an anvil, tempered the blade and sharpened it?"