News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Melting Pot

Sep 3, 2020

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One of the first things we learn about America in grade school is that we are a melting pot. "Here," a French observer of the new America wrote just after the Revolution, "individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men." The pot in "melting pot" came from a 19th century play in which immigrants in their native costumes came on stage, passed behind a huge foundry cauldron for melting iron, and emerged on the other side dressed in blue coveralls carrying lunch buckets, and, of course, all speaking English.

On this episode of LGM - Jasmine takes the opportunity to interview Mikhayla for a get to know you series! Mikhayla answers the questions about surviving depression, about How About HOPE,  what it is like to be Miss Iowa, and what it feels like to land her first "big girl" job post-graduation. 

Morel Mushroom Hunters

Sep 2, 2020

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Last January the seed catalogs arrived as usual amid the cold winds and snows. I was lost in a spectacular imaginary garden composed from the catalog illustrations until I came to "new this year" and discovered the "grow your own morel mushroom kit" for $19.95.


To celebrate 30 years of providing transitional housing to those in need, Humility Homes and Services held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon in Davenport at the building where it all started.

Buffalo Bill

Sep 1, 2020

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Americans have always been fond stories reminding us of "how the West was won." A young boy from LeClaire, Iowa, just upstream from Rock Island, could tell you, instead, how the west was lost. He played a role in that story.

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As the new school year begins, COVID-19 has forced local school districts to change course. And students' lives are in flux.  


Aug 31, 2020

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It is hard to believe that this November, after forty-nine years of teaching English literature at Augustana College in Rock Island, Dr. Dorothy Parkander will retire. She will be seventy-one.

Generations of English majors have absorbed her lectures on Chaucer, Milton, Donne, and Austen, but the must-take course for business major and pre-med alike has been World Literature and its centerpiece, Homer's Odyssey.

The Cities - Pgm #1040

Aug 29, 2020


Aug 28, 2020

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Had the Illinois Department of Transportation been better historians, they never would have tangled with the women of Meredosia. In the past, women with a plan have stopped wars and brought down dictatorships, so the good old boys at the state capitol were easy pickings.


Moline's free COVID-19 testing center closes this weekend after 11 days and thousands of tests. The drive-up testing site is in the TaxSlayer Center parking lot, and will be in operation 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day until Sunday.