State Representative Mark Lofgren, a Muscatine Republican, says a legislative highlight for him last week included a Capitol visit from the Chinese delegation from Muscatine's most recent Sister City, Zhengding,in Hebei Province in China. Lofgren says the visit was especially exciting for him as many of the delegation members knew of his daughter, Emily, who is living in the Hebei Province, finishing her year teaching English to college students at Hebei Normal University. We’ll hear more from Lofgren tomorrow.


Louisa County has presented service awards to some longtime employees. Jerry Snyder of Secondary Roads and Ralph Stone of Veterans Affairs have served 25 years each; Vicky Frank, treasurer, and Tammy Gillette of the Sheriff's Office have served 20 years; and Kay Smith of the Auditors Office and Richard Slater of Secondary Roads each have been on the job 15 years with the county.

Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter Ellen Cherry will perform at the West Liberty Public Library, 100 East 3rd Street, on Tuesday, April 16th. The performance begins at 7 and is free and open to the public.


Bettendorf police have released the name of the driver of a motorcycle involved in a fatal accident late last week. Killed was 41-year-old Charles Osborne of Bettendorf.



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