The weather was perfect and Muscatine folks were at the riverfront in full force on Saturday. The morning started off with more than 450 participants in the annual Muscatine Watermelon Stampede. The rescheduled boat and car show was a huge success with a couple thousand people attending throughout the day. People enjoyed hovercraft rides on the river, cardboard boat races and viewing dozens of classic cars and boats. Vineyard Church organized multiple live band performances along the river.


Two pleas were entered Friday in Muscatine County District Court. Twenty-nine-year-old Trentin Grant of Davenport pled guilty to third-degree burglary for the burglary of a Muscatine residence. He will be sentenced September 27th. Thirty-four-year old Brent James Clark of Nichols pled guilty to domestic abuse assault. He was sentenced to an indeterminate prison term of not to exceed two years.


Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz speaks at today’s Muscatine Rotary Club meeting. He will discuss two programs, Honor a Veteran and Rock Iowa. The Honor a Veteran program honors the sacrifices that Veterans have made throughout history to protect our freedoms and our right to vote. The Rock Iowa classroom education program is an interactive educational opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to learn about Iowa’s voting process.


The Muskie football squad held its "Midnight Madness" football practice, a Coach Jake Mueller tradition, on Friday night. This Thursday night is the fall sports Muskie Kick-Off. You can come and get a pork chop sandwich from the grill with all proceeds going toward the Muskie Boosters. 


In the 167-year history of the Iowa Legislature, Iowa has never had a Hispanic state representative. That would change if Muscatine elects Mark Cisneros next year. This past Saturday nearly 100 people went on a Pearl paddlewheel boat ride, where Cisneros made the official announcement that he will run for the statehouse. Former state Senator Jim Hahn, who served Muscatine in Des Moines for 22 years, was on hand to introduce Cisneros and endorse him. The Republican faces Emily Lofgren and Mark LaRette in the primary.


The HNI Corporation took over Weed Park Sunday for a corporate picnic, attended annually by some 3,000 employees and family members. They swarmed the park from the lagoon all the way over the hill past the aquatic center.


A Brooklyn, Iowa, man died Friday night in a freak skydiving accident near there. The Des Moines Register says 56-year-old Wayne Kidrowski was pulled by the wind out the door of a skydiving plane after his parachute deployed inside the aircraft. He fell more than 1,000 feet, landing in a field outside Brooklyn. The plane, operated by the Brooklyn-based Skydive Iowa, was headed to Grinnell for maintenance. Kidrowski, the only person on board beside the pilot, was riding in the plane to observe the flight, not to skydive. It’s unclear why the parachute deployed. Witnesses said Kidrowski was still connected to his parachute during the fall but it did not deploy properly.


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