On Tuesday of this week, Iowa Politics had two major announcements, one coming from a sitting Republican, and one from a sitting Democrat.  On the Democrats side State Rep Tyler Olson has officially dropped out of the race for Iowa Governor. Olson's wife filed for divorce recently, and Olson's official statement from his Campaign says Olson needs to focus on supporting his children during this transition in his personal life. Olson will finish his current term as a State Rep, and then go back to the private sector. On the Republican side of the aisle, US Congressman Tom Latham, from Western Iowa, announced he will not run for reelection in November 2014, and he will enter into retirement. Iowa had 5 Congressman, but after the 2010 census, and we dropped in population, Iowa now only has 4 Congressman, 2 Republicans and 2 Democrats.

A West Liberty puppet theater is presenting a Hans Christian Andersen favorite. Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre’s production of “The Snow Queen” will be held at Owl Glass Puppetry Center, 319 N. Calhoun, West Liberty, at 10 and 1 on Monday, Dec. 30th. Tickets are just $5 but groups of 10 or more who reserve in advance pay $4 each. Eulenspiegel's adaptation of the beloved Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale uses miniature marionettes that interact on the pages of two extra-large pop-up storybooks. Space is limited; call (319) 627-2487 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to reserve a seat.

Weed Park entrance off Colorado Street will be closed Thursday, December 19th for the day.  This is for the Colorado Street Reconstruction Project.

Young patients at UnityPoint-Trinity Muscatine will be comforted by stuffed animals donated by pageant winners this holiday season.   Judi Connor, director of C&S Pageants, Inc. and the pageant girls presented the stuffed animals Friday, December 13th



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