More stories by Fran Riley

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Sarah’s Story-Part One

This story begins about twenty years ago. A Bettendorf teenager and some of her friends are on the way to a concert the Mississippi Valley F…

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Kewanee’s Oldest House

It’s a first for Kewanee. The Potter House was built before the town was laid out.

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History in Hillsdale

Home is where the heart is! That’s the way it has been for several generations of the Wainwright Family.

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Fascinated With The Flute

She is not a music major. However, you’d never know it. Augustana College student Kylie Gember knew at an early age she wanted to play the f…

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They’re All Heart!

It is an annual tradition at a small country church in Monmouth, Iowa. When Valentine’s Day approaches, church members roll out the dough. C…

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A Master with Matchsticks

Jim Scott says his hobby requires patience, practice, and perseverance. The eighty two year old from Muscatine County is a master with match…

Doing the Senior Shuffle - Fran Riley

Doing the Senior Shuffle

Going for the gold! A group of seniors intent on “shuffling” their way to the medal stand.

Get The Duke His Due - Fran Riley Feature - Duke Slater

Get The Duke His Due

A tremendous athlete. A judge. A gentleman. The name Duke Slater is legendary at Clinton High School.

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Dedicated To The Written Word

The current exhibit at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum takes an up close look at some of the key people and places surrounding the Wa…

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Where The Warriors Hang Out

It’s a world of turtle spins and guard lifts. Arm locks and elbow escapes. The place where forty two year old Ruben Moreno trains three to f…

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Pulling Some Strings

He plays, builds, and repairs. Kenny Fox likes to pull strings. Guitar strings. The Louisa County man is a guitar guru.

Flight To Freedom - Fran Riley Feature

Flight To Freedom

Walk in the footsteps of Brian “Fox” Ellis. He brings history to life. The accomplished storyteller has a way with words.

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High Hopes

The New Year is bringing high hopes in downtown Clinton. There is an ambitious plan to bring more affordable housing to the downtown.

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Semi Surgeons

Perhaps they are the unsung heroes of the trucking world. The mechanics who keep the big rigs running. Ken Hunter is the instructor at Scott…

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Jazzed About Music And Muscatine

His fingers fly across the keyboard on the Steinway. She makes the flute sing. Jeff and Anne Barnhart are the gifted duo: Ivory and Gold.