Rep. Cheri Bustos has introduced a bill suggesting a public-private partnerships for improving the aging lock and dam system on the Mississippi. Bustos toured Lock and Dam 15 yesterday with Reps. Dave Loebsack and Bruce Braley. Bustos says companies like Deere and CAT should want to partner with the government to improve the locks.


It's shaping up to be a busy weekend in the Muscatine area. Saturday is race day in Muscatine. That's the day of the first annual Muscatine Community School District Race for the Schools. The event, which includes both a 5K- and 1-mile fun run, is designed to promote physical fitness within both the community of Muscatine and the Muscatine Community School District. It is aligned with the Blue Zone Community status, the healthy school lunch initiative and the healthy kids’ initiative that promotes physical fitness in youth to reduce childhood obesity. All proceeds from the race go directly back to the school system to reduce costs associated with the Muscatine Community School District Foundation. The foundation awards more than 150 scholarships annually to deserving Muscatine High School graduates. Race registrations are available at the schools and online at


Kindergarten through 12th grade students are invited to have fun with math and science at the iExploreSTEM Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station on the banks of the Mississippi near Muscatine. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. To learn more about the festival, visit:


Great River Hospice in West Burlington is offering a support program for people who have experienced the loss of a loved one at 5:30 Friday night. It will include a short presentation followed by a potluck dinner, and visiting and sharing with others. Registration is not required. The hospice also is offering a free program for women whose mothers have died from 9 to 11:30 on Saturday morning. A light breakfast will be served. For more information or to register, call 877-404-4766.


West Liberty Foods is sponsoring an afternoon of family fun from 11 to 2 on Sunday in downtown West Liberty. The rainout location is the Muscatine County Fairgrounds Activity Center. A turkey sandwich, chips and a drink are just a buck with all the proceeds going to the RonDeVoo Park Alley Revitalization Project. It's all open to the public and admission is free.


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