If you attended Muscatine High School between 1969 and 2003, you might remember a sociology and government teacher who used to swing from the rafters of his classroom and had his students rolling with laughter at least once per class. His name was Paul Ruden. He died Monday at the age of 67. Ruden’s services are Friday morning.


Iowa secretary of state Matt Schultz will be the keynote speaker for the Muscatine GOP’s annual dinner on Thursday, September 12th. Reservations are being taken at (563) 554-9726.


There's now some royalty at Muscatine High School with the announcement of the MHS Homecoming Court. Queen candidates are: Olivia Carrasco, Emily Clemens, Emily Juszczyk, Katie Shoultz and Rachel Turner. King candidates are: Steven Hansen, Jacob Hill, Tyler Kovach, Austin Moss and Tyler Much.


A University of Iowa student is making national headlines for being four times over the legal drinking limit at last weekend's Hawkeyes game. KWWL-TV reports 22-year-old Samantha Goudie blew a dangerous .341 blood alcohol content level after she tried to storm the field Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. Goudie was cited for public intoxication. After her arrest, she tweeted "just went to jail YOLO.” YOLO stands for you only live once. Cops cited 11 minors Saturday for possession of alcohol. Twenty-eight people were cited for having open containers. One person was cited for public urination.


Thank you for a successful show! That’s the message from David Moritz, organizer of the That Was Then, This Is Now show on the riverfront. In a news release, he says the weather was perfect and we had a great time. He thanks the city of Muscatine employees and says the park was perfect.


Save the date. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Healthways say the Blue Zones Project will host a kickoff event in Muscatine on Tuesday, September 10th. Organizers say it will highlight the opportunities available to all residents to transform their well-being through engagement in the Blue Zones Project and will feature Dan Buettner, National Geographic explorer and best-selling author of a book, The Blue Zones. Entertainment, activities and free giveaways will also be provided.


Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey is commenting on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA weekly from April through October. Northey says the extremely hot weather last week further stressed the crop, and the condition of both corn and soybeans continues to decline. He says some parts of the state received a little rainfall last week, but all areas of Iowa could use additional moisture. Locally, no measurable rainfall has been recorded by the Weather Service at the airport in Moline in nearly a month.


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