A young woman from Muscatine is getting an experience of a lifetime in China. Emily Lofgren, daughter of State Representative Mark and Paula Lofgren, is teaching English to University students. We spoke to her by phone. She says the students English is good, and the class is lots of fun. Emily’s area of expertise is actually public relations. So she will be looking for a PR job when she returns to Muscatine. In the meantime, you can follow her on her blog, emilylofgren.com.

The Red Cross says it’s providing emergency needs, including food, clothing and shelter, due to a fire on Sunday in the 1400 block of 195th Street in Nichols. According to the Eastern Iowa Fireground Facebook page, no one was hurt. A garage burned but the house sustained smoke and water damage.


Significant rises and some flooding are occurring this week on area rivers because of rainfall last week. That's according to the National Weather Service. Additional rainfall will push river levels higher. The Mississippi is expected to be above flood stage in Muscatine at the end of the week, causing minor flooding. This will affect the lower portion of the parking lot at Riverside Park.

The Alzheimer’s Association is offering a series of three, free educational programs for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s and related diseases. Alzheimer’s Association program specialist Jerry Schroeder is the presenter. Part one of the program is 1 to 3 this Friday, April 19th, at the Musser Public Library, 304 Iowa Avenue in Muscatine. Parts two and three will be offered in May and June. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling 1-800-272-3900.



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