News about the Quad Cities and surrounding region.

Mississippi Valley Fair

Even though the Mississippi Valley Fair was canceled this summer because of the pandemic, there's still a chance to get your fill of corn dogs, funnel cakes, and taffy. The Fair Food Fest will be held on the fairgrounds in Davenport Friday and Saturday.

The Kingfish

Aug 27, 2020

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The cities around Rock Island have contributed their share of performers to the nation's media—to Hollywood, Broadway, to newspapers, radio and television. But none was more successful or colorful than Harry R. “Tim” Moore.


Aug 26, 2020

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"No prophet is without honor, save in his own country," says the Good Book. In the past ten years, Rock Islanders have learned just how true that is.


Aug 25, 2020

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You remember the opening number of Fiddler on the Roof? "Tradition," Tevye cries, frightened by the changes the Russian revolution is bringing to his small Jewish community, "without tradition, we are all as shaky fiddlers on the roof."

John Peters

It's been two weeks since hurricane-force winds swept through the region, destroying crops and taking out power lines. But even after power was restored, not every problem was solved when the lights came back on. 

Island Stages

Aug 24, 2020

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Of the thousand or more island sprinkled on the Upper Mississippi River, only one is fit for that Biblical wise man: the solid limestone bed of Rock Island. Foolish men have their choice of any of the others, from St. Paul to St. Louis, all of them made of slippery silt or sand. As the Sunday School song says, "when the rains come down and the floods come up" . . . watch out foolish man.

The Cities - Pgm #1039

Aug 22, 2020

National Weather Service

On Midwest Week, as bad as the derecho was in the Quad Cities, the impact was many times worse in Cedar Rapids, where hundreds of people are still trying to recover. 

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As with most rough river towns along the Upper Mississippi, Rock Islanders have had their share of sin. In 1903, Bishop Henry Cosgrove visited Davenport, Iowa, and declared it "the wickedest city for its size in America."

Father Al

Aug 20, 2020

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When it comes to saints, we Scandinavian Lutherans around Rock Island have a poor track record. We have only one—Saint Olaf—born in 995 A.D. For the last thousand years, it's been slim pickings—not a one. Your Lutheran saint is an endangered species.