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Working vacation shines light on FM program

June 30, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR Well, as you can probably gather from the pictures of your balding, aging, and, apparently, lost editor, I’ve been on a working vacation since Wednesday, and even though we literally grow [Read More…]

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Hayes rolled with all the punches

February 17, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERGPCC EDITOR DES MOINES – The best stories are those that come with happy endings, but sometimes stories deserve to be written even when the end is met with heartbreak. Fort Madison’s Sam [Read More…]

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Elections will be tight races Tuesday

November 4, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

People have been at the door knocking a couple times a week. Democrats mostly, trying to shore up votes. I’m a registered Democrat, but I would have had conversations with foot soldiers of Republican candidates. [Read More…]

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County’s shed problem is ‘almost’ laughable

October 24, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Lee County Supervisor Gary Folluo rubbed his head in frustration at Tuesday’s board meeting as the county leaders worked through an issue about a maintenance shed that sits between two properties in Argyle. The building [Read More…]

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WIU’s move with Tri-State Public Radio hits close to home

September 15, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

I’ve been following the recent news where Western Illinois University has directed budget cuts at Tri-State Public Radio’s three radio stations and it’s Audio Information Services (AIS) as of March 1, 2019. It’s not a [Read More…]

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RiverFest becoming part of Tri-State’s summer

August 9, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Watching thousands of people crowd around the majestic riverfront that serves as the front yard to Fort Madison’s downtown district was something to see last week. I live about four blocks from RiverFest and decided [Read More…]

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Slater’s ISEA nomination tells a bigger story

March 10, 2018 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG Sitting at a table Friday night at the Elliott Test Kitchen eating some of Kumar’s fresh-smooshed guacamole with chips, some hors d’oeuvre meatballs, and finger sandwiches with about 60 members of the [Read More…]

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The time of the super majority is over

July 2, 2017 Chuck Vandenberg 0

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG Of course it’s sour grapes. Of course it is. I’m deeply concerned that we didn’t pass the referendum for a new preK-3rd grade elementary school last week. The Keep Improving District Schools [Read More…]

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