Muscatine Municipal Airport is getting some new weather reporting equipment. That's according to a news release from Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds such initiatives. The Muscatine Airport is one of eight Iowa airports to share in nearly $983,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration to install automatic weather reporting equipment. The goal is increased safety and efficiency.

 

We recently asked school board member Tim Bower if he thought the new superintendent is a good fit.

 

It’s going to take a while to get across the Mississippi at Muscatine. The Muscatine Journal reports there will be one-lane traffic on the bridge until at least September 25th. The flow will be controlled by traffic lights on each side of the bridge. Work will take place on expansion joints and bridge abutments. Read more about this story in the Muscatine Journal or at muscatinejournal.com.

 

The Great River Days festival continues in Muscatine. Activities today include bicycle stunt shows, a carnival, a motorcycle show and Rock on the River, a jam concert. On Saturday is the Hometown Business Expo; carnival; parade; a sidewalk bowling tournament; bicycle stunt shows; Kids’ Club; Bill Riley Talent Search; a car, truck and bike “show and shine”; a doggie dash; the Muscatine Journal's Great Ping-Pong Ball Drop and live entertainment. A bass tournament is scheduled for early Sunday morning. See times, locations and other details at greatriverdays.com.

 

The 121st Louisa County Fair in Columbus Junction continues through Saturday. The theme this year is “Memories, Music and Magic.” Gate admission is free and so is parking. Scheduled entertainment includes fair stock car races tonight and a demo derby on Saturday. You will find more detailed information at louisacountyfair.com.

 

State Representative Mark Lofgren, a Muscatine Republican, has received a number of endorsements in his primary election bid to run against four-term Representative Dave Loebsack in Iowa's Second Congressional District. Bettendorf lawyer John Archer,  who lost to Loebsack, an Iowa City Democrat, in the last election, is endorsing Lofgren.

 

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