Muscatine-based HNI Corporation’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 24 cents per share on its common stock. The dividend will be payable on May 31st to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 17th. HNI is the second-largest office furniture manufacturer in the world and is also the nation's leading manufacturer and marketer of gas- and wood-burning fireplaces.


A group of Iowans and other preservationists nationally are working to place historical markers along the original U.S. Route 6 which, when completed in the 1930s, was the nation’s longest highway. Iowa was one of the 14 states along the highway’s path from Massachusetts to California. Dave Darby is executive director of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association’s Iowa Division. He says the historical markers, which are already up in some parts of Iowa, commemorate the golden age of two-lane travel and bolster tourism in towns the interstate bypassed decades ago. In the first of a two-part report, we asked Darby what Route 6 offers that Interstate 80 doesn’t.


Iowa First Bancshares Corporation, the parent company of First National Bank of Muscatine and First National Bank in Fairfield, has again been recognized for superior financial performance. In the May 2013 edition of American Banker Magazine's ranking of the top 200 community banks and thrifts, Iowa First Bancshares Corporation was recognized for its outstanding three-year average return on equity.


Congressman Dave Loebsack says a member of his staff will be in southeastern Iowa for open office hours. On Thursday, Jared Hershberger, Loebsack’s District Representative covering Southeastern Iowa, will be at the Muscatine City Hall from 10 to noon and Wilton City Hall from 2 to 3. On Thursday, May 16th, he return to Muscatine City Hall from 10 to noon, and he’ll visit Columbus Junction City Hall from 2 to 3. On Thursday, May 23rd, Hershberger returns to Muscatine City Hall from 10 to noon and he’ll be at West Liberty City Hall from 1 to 2.


Author Mike Mullin will be the West Liberty Public Library’s 100 East 3rd Street location today. He will be doing a reading and Q&A at 2:30 geared for older youth. He’ll give a talk about his first novel and a taekwondo demonstration at 7. Book signings will follow both sessions. This event is free and open to the public.


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