Mark Cisneros is running for the House District 91 seat being vacated by Mark Lofgren, who is running for Congress. The Cisneros campaign made the announcement on Facebook but will will hold its official announcement event on Saturday, August 17th, on the riverfront. Cisneros and his wife, own Shop 2 Drop in the Muscatine Mall. He is currently serving as the Muscatine County GOP vice chair and was the former president of the Muscatine Center for Non Profits. Cisneros is the third Republican candidate to announce for the District 91 seat. No Democratic candidate has yet announced.


You can get up to speed and share your thoughts about Muscatine’s proposed riverfront bandshell at a 5:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, August 7th, at Riverview Center on Muscatine’s riverfront. Muscatine Mayor DeWayne Hopkins will be on hand along with architect Tom Bankhead of Bankhead Associates and Matt Gordy, associate professor of landscape architecture at Iowa State University. Planned are a slide show and poster-size drawing presentation of the proposed bandshell plans, design and specifications. We asked Hopkins where the bandshell idea came from.

Hopkins says the problem was the band was playing at the same time the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra was playing at Pearl City Station. He says both groups were facing each other, and it was a musical train wreck.


Last Saturday, Muscatine went to the dogs. Taylor Williams has more.

Last weekend Muscatine hosted its 4th ever “Weiner Doggy Dash.” It’s sort of like a safer, more adorable version of the running of the bulls in Spain. Our own Millie Morris was there to cover the event live.

The races, which have been going on since 2010, attract a large crowd of both spectators and contestants. The top three finishers earn cash prizes as well as a trophy.


Health departments in Iowa and Nebraska are blaming a prepackaged salad mix for the cyclospora outbreak that made people in both states sick with a lengthy gastrointestinal illness. Nebraska health officials say the mix included iceberg and romaine lettuce, red cabbage and carrots. Health departments are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to identify where the contamination originated and where the salad mix was distributed.

An upcoming meeting will offer practical advice on how to navigate the numerous and complex challenges of managing the cost of cancer care. It's for people with cancer and their loved ones. It takes place tomorrow, Thursday, August 1st, with dinner at 5:30 and the presentation at 6 at Muscatine Community College’s Musser Center. For more details and registration, call Gilda’s Club at (877) 926-7504.


Muscatine's aquatic center will be getting a new paint job. The City of Muscatine Parks and Recreation Department is now soliciting a "Request for Proposal" for the professional painting of the Muscatine Aquatic Center located in Weed Park. Proposals must be submitted to the Finance Department by early August 8th.


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