Mother Nature had a surprise Thursday for many Iowans. Accumulating snow over a wide portion of the state caused slick roads. Snow fell along on a diagonal line from the southwest corner of the state through northeast Iowa.


The city saved it from the recent flood. But a Davenport landmark went up in flames Thursday morning. Nobody was hurt when the historic Credit Island Lodge, which hosts community events and receptions, burned. Firefighters from Blue Grass and Buffalo responded to a mutual aid request for water tankers.


As reported here last month, the Muscatine School Board accepted school superintendent Bill Decker's resignation in April after he accepted a job with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Association in Bettendorf. His contract concludes at the end of June. Since then, the board has hired Ray and Associates of Cedar Rapids to come up with candidates for the job. Ray and Associates interviewed various groups of people from the community to see what they wanted in a superintendent, and the school district conducted a similar survey online. The board used all that information in late April to come up with desired characteristics for a new superintendent, and Ray and Associates has been using it in their search. Mary Wildermuth is vice president of the school board. She says the board will look at some applications for the post in the next week or so to select some candidates to interview.


The Muscatine Art Center holds tens of thousands of objects in its collection. Like many museums, only a small percentage of the collection is on view at any given time. Next Thursday, the Center offers two behind-the-scenes tours. Space is limited to 12 people per tour, and registrations are taken on first-come, first-served basis.


Leadership Iowa is coming to Muscatine. The issues-awareness program gives its participants a wide range of experiences and insights that focus on the issues and challenges facing Iowa. Leadership Iowa hosts an integrated series of eight monthly sessions in different regions of the state. Participants will be in Muscatine next Thursday and Friday for a session on manufacturing and the workforce.


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