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Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff Thursday to honor those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:06

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in the state to be flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, to honor those who perished in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Flags will be flown at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.


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Written by Brandon Melton   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 09:48

Friday, September 12, 2014 ‒ 11:00 A.M.

Rock Island County Office Building, Third Floor Room 320

Bi-State Regional Commission

1504 Third Avenue

Rock Island, Illinois

1. Introductions and Consideration of June 13, 2014 Meeting Minutes − (Copies of the Minutes are included in Task Force members’ packets.)

2. Air Quality and Transportation Planning Tool – (Presentation from ICF on alternative fuels analysis tools currently being developed through a webinar.)

3. Quad City Health Initiative Strategic Plans and the Built Environment – (Nicole Carkner, Quad City Health Initiative Executive Director, will present on their strategic plans and how they relate to the built environment and air quality)

4. Update from Resource Agencies on Current Air Quality Status/Issues – (Resource Representatives from Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Other Agencies as Available)

5. Local Status Report and Air Quality Issues ‒ (Status report in members’ agenda packets.) – Brandon Melton

6. Other Business

7. Scheduling of Next Meeting – December 12, 2014

8. Adjournment

Great Iowa Treasure Hunt Gears Up for Fall Publication PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Thursday, 11 September 2014 07:33

DES MOINES, IA (09/11/2014)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald's Great Iowa Treasure Hunt fall publication is scheduled to be released soon. The soon to be published list contains the most recent unclaimed property names that were added to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt.

"New names will be published in upcoming weeks that have been added to the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt," Fitzgerald said. "I encourage everyone to search for their name in the paper. You may also search for your name by visiting Checking the paper or visiting us online is well worth the short time it takes."

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $182 million in unclaimed property to more than 438,000 individuals since Fitzgerald started it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report and deliver unclaimed property to the state treasurer's office, where it is held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, safe deposit box contents and many other types of property.

Check the unclaimed property database to see if the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt has property belonging to you. Simply visit to begin your search. Be sure to like Great Iowa Treasure Hunt on Facebook and follow the program on Twitter @GreatIATreasure.


Call for writers SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, October 6, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dubuque Area Arts Collective   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:21

The DAAC is looking for creative writers, upcoming and established (ages 14 and up), to contribute to Ruix Zine, a quarterly DIY publication devoted to area and regional literature, arts and music, with a focus on emerging talent.

Content: Includes, but is not limited to, reviews of exhibits, shows, and recordings; promotion of upcoming events; and essays and creative writing (short fiction, poetry)- 2000 word limit. Email your work to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


November 8, from 7 PM to 11 PM
902 Main Street / Dubuque IA

An evening of storytelling and literature. This event will feature local emerging authors reading from their works, as well as community members taking to the podium to share autobiographical tales. Gallery will also feature art inspired by surrealism and story telling.

FREE ADMISSION for high school and college students.

Every Friday, 5:30 to 7:30pm 
Wednesdays, every 2 weeks, 6 to 7pm
October 11th, 18th and 25th


How to Curb Distraction during Family Time: No Cell Phone Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 07:52
5 Tips for Enriching Bonds from Musical Maestro Delfeayo Marsalis

If you’re like jazz trombonist and music producer Delfeayo Marsalis, a member of the acclaimed Marsalis family from New Orleans, you appreciate the “old-school” ways of doing things.

For Marsalis, that means doing without automated music created and played at the push of a button, cooking without a microwave and not being too quick to replace a lost cell phone.

“Some people ask, ‘How could you go weeks without replacing your phone?’ But for me, I look at it as a much needed vacation,” he says.

“At the same time, I’m like most other people: when I have a smart phone on me, I find myself checking it frequently.”

While Marsalis isn’t anti-technology, he fondly recalls a time when more people interacted with others who are right in front of them, rather than staring at a gadget in their hand – especially when it comes to family. The father of a young teenager, he offers the following tips for improving quality time by doing without the ubiquity of cell phones.

•  Consider a “No Cell Phone Day.” In fact, that’s the name of his new children’s book, (, about a tech-entrenched father who spends a happy birthday exploring New Orleans with his daughter – without his cell phone. A monthly “no cell phone day” allows you to fully engage with the people around you, whether they’re your kids, your parents, or your friends. Without the distractions of work and spam email, you’ll can have meaningful conversations and simply spend time laughing with the people you love. You’ll have those memories to cherish for a long time to come. If you really want to connect with yourself and loved ones, plan on a regular No Cell Phone Day.

•  Play dates that don’t require cell phones. When Marsalis takes his 13-year-old daughter and her cousins out for a fun day out at the mall, followed by a movie and dinner, he makes a deal with them to leave their phones at home.

“We’re all together on these occasions, so there’s no concern for safety, and it would be sad to go through all the trouble of spending the day together while, half of the time, they’re preoccupied with their phones,” he says. “In addition to the occasional outing, we set aside time at home when we can’t use cell phones.”

•  Make dinner time a cell phone-free zone. While food is especially important to any self-respecting son or daughter of New Orleans, sitting down to eat together is a sacred time for every family. Children and adults alike face significant stress and pressures every day in the world outside the home. Closing the doors on that world and coming together for an hour each evening to relax and refresh in the comparative safety of those who most love us is essential to our well-being.

•  Play “What Do I Know without My Cell Phone?” Research suggests cell phones are compromising the short-term memory of children. More and more of us – children and adults alike – rely on our smart phones, rather than our memories, to retrieve information. Exercising our brains with trivia, math and other cognitive games can help all of us stay mentally sharp.

•  Most importantly – don’t be afraid to be bored! Life doesn’t have to be a sci-fi movie all of the time. Ask your child to reflect on their greatest memories to date; chances are 0 percent that the content of those memories will involve cell phones.

About Delfeayo Marsalis

While Delfeayo Marsalis ( is known primarily for his work as a jazz trombonist and music producer, and has been involved with youth education for many years. In 2000, he founded the Uptown Music Theatre to provide arts education for the youth of New Orleans. UMT has staged 16 of his original musicals. Inspired by his autistic younger brother, Mboya, Delfeayo has volunteered and presented shows at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, including the therapeutic, “Swinging with the Cool School.” “No Cell Phone Day” is his first children’s book.

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