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Crushing it on his 71st birthday – Empty Nest by Curt Swarm

August 12, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Gator rides for my grandkids were on the menu for my 71st birthday, along with watermelon, sweetcorn, sliced tomatoes, garden salad and choice of barbecued ribeye or t-bone steak, plus half-pound burgers, courtesy of Blossom, [Read More…]

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School board issues statement in support of Superintendent

July 15, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

The following letter was received from Fort Madison Community School District President Dr. Tim Wondra via email Monday evening. The Fort Madison Community School District takes its responsibility to ensure that all students have the [Read More…]

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Superintendent’s family says editorial was ill-informed – Letter to the Editor

June 17, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 2

June 16, 2019Response from the Slater Family: The Slaters were extremely disappointed in your ill-informed opinion piece. Has the Superintendent not earned any respect for her hard work and contributions to the community? The Superintendent [Read More…]

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Letter to the Editor – Cub Scouts thank community

March 31, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Fort Madison Community, Over the last couple of weeks, Pack 7, in Fort Madison has participated in Scouting for Food. During this event, bags are distributed throughout the community and food is collected from residents [Read More…]

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Best seller discusses cancer enemies – Curt Swarm, Empty Nest

February 24, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

Two books, both on the New York Times Bestseller List, were given to me free: the first was “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren; and the second, “Radical Remission—Surviving Cancer Against All Odds,” by [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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Mt. Pleasant pilot part of historic recovery

February 3, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Kent White’s team found the wrecked Hercules C-130 Transport Airplane by using radar. Its tail fin, with the numbers “321,” was barely visible, sticking up through the snow and ice on [Read More…]

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Quite a few absent at business district meeting

January 20, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

With the Fort Madison Riverfront Business District dropping its partnership with Main Street Iowa, it’s clear that some healing needs to be done downtown. The RBD dropped the Main Street flag officially in December, but [Read More…]

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Faulkner’s induction surpised him, not us

January 13, 2019 Chuck Vandenberg 0

On Friday, the Fort Madison High School inducted four well-deserving men into the Bloodhound Hall of Fame. Dick Burch, Jim Allen and Jay Skinner were brought into the Hall for their contributions to the athletic [Read More…]

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