The Muscatine mayor and city council elections are next Tuesday, November 5th. Last night, the candidates for city council and Muscatine mayor participated in a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters with Sue Johannsen serving as moderator. 2nd Ward candidate, Mark LeRette was asked why he is running for city council and Iowa State House at the same time since he can’t hold both seats simultaneously and if he wins his state house bid he would have to abandon his city council seat forcing the city of Muscatine to spend thousands on a special election. LeRette’s reply was that he is simply interviewing for the state house job and who doesn’t take an interview when the opportunity arises. Michael Rehwaldt took advantage of the question and said he is solely committed to his election for Muscatine city council. Mayor Hopkins and Roger Roth then took their turn for twenty minutes taking questions from the audience. When asked about qualifications, Roger Roth went back forty years and said since his days in middle school being put in charge of setting up the chairs for events, he has embraced responsibility. Mayor Hopkins spoke about how exciting his first term as our mayor has been from meeting all of the Presidential candidates that came through Iowa during last year’s election, to his trip to China and hosting the Chinese delegation right here in Muscatine. Hopkins laid out a solid vision for his next term to continue to move the city forward.


Despite the drought last summer, corn and soybean yields are not too bad. Virgil Schmitt is the ISU Extension Field Agronomist for Muscatine County. He says results vary:

If you were to ask people on the 1st of September what they thought they were going to get they would have estimated lower than what has happened so far, at least here. The soybeans I’ve heard are everything from in the 20s to in the 70s. Most of them seem to be coming in somewhere in the 40s and 50s to maybe lower 60s, but the 40s and 50s seem to be catching most of them. Corn likewise is extremely variable. I have heard that reports of less than 100 bushels per acre and several of them are upwards of 250. So again, a lot of variation but I think in general what I’m hearing they’re typically 160s to 180s seems to be catching a whole lot of them.


It looks like all the cities in Muscatine County will celebrate Trick-or-Treating on the traditional Halloween night this Thursday, October 31st. The city of Wapello will Trick-or-Treat from 6-8 PM. The city of West Liberty from 6-7 PM. While the cities of Columbus Junction, Durant, Fruitland, Grandview, Wilton and Muscatine will all Trick-or-Treat from 5:30 PM-7:30 PM this Thursday.


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