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Media Link, Inc. Brings New Account Manager on Board PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jake Glimco   
Monday, 01 August 2011 11:59

Rock Island  , IL / July 25, 2011 – Media Link, Inc. (MLI) is proud to announce and welcome back Jessica Fink, a former MLI intern, as the company’s newest Media Link Software and Government Account Manager. In this role, she will oversee the exciting launch of our new media-buying software and be responsible for maintaining our current and perspective Government Contracts, as well as forging better relationships with existing accounts.

Ms. Fink brings to the table an extensive background in the news industry, formerly serving as a Government and Politics reporter for The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus newspapers. Her breaking news coverage and emphasis on the K-12 education beat provided a credible information source   Quad   City   readers could easily turn to for relevant, critical and current local news.

Ms. Fink began her journalism career as a student at   Black   Hawk   College   while serving as a general reporter for The Chieftain newspaper and BHC’s Broadcast Club. Her time spent as a city reporter for Northern Illinois University’s daily student newspaper, The Northern Star, helped further hone her writing, editing and communication skills. She graduated from NIU with a B.A. in Journalism and Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Organizational/Corporate Communications.

Following her news reporting stint, Ms. Fink joined Fanfare Sports Marketing, a national leader in the promotional products industry for high schools and middle schools nationwide. There, she gained valuable hands-on experience through helping advertisers effectively target the high school student market segment and satellite audience of parents, faculty and alumni.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Media Link team again,” said Ms. Fink. “The growth this company has seen over the years is outstanding, and I look forward to contributing to their mission of helping clients achieve continuous success in their marketing efforts.”

“I am thrilled to have someone of Jessica’s caliber join our team and stay in our area.  As we add more positions to our agency, I’m happy to keep some of our local talent in this area”, said Natalie Linville-Mass, President of Media Link, Inc.

Media Link, Inc. is a full-service advertising agency dedicated to helping clients develop strategic marketing plans tailored specifically to their company’s unique and individual needs. For more information, contact Natalie Linville-Mass at (309) 786-5142.


Secretary Vilsack Announces Telecommunications Projects To Deliver Broadband and Job Opportunities to Rural Communities PDF Print E-mail
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Written by USDA Office of Communications   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:28

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., July 27, 2011 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that rural telecommunications companies have been selected to receive nearly $192 million in loans for projects that will deliver broadband services to rural customers across eight states. These funds represent the latest investment from The Department of Agriculture's Telecommunications Infrastructure Loan Program and will add thousands of miles of cable to the telecommunications grid in rural America. The announcement was made by Rural Utilities Service Administrator Jonathan Adelstein on Vilsack's behalf at the summer meeting of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunication Companies in Minneapolis.

"A significant portion of America still does not have adequate broadband for job and economic development activities," Vilsack said. "Working with our partners, including cooperatives and the telecommunications industry, USDA delivers broadband to rural areas, creating jobs and providing critical financial, educational and health care services. We've made a good start, but it is clear that the work of the Obama Administration and USDA is far from done."

Administered by USDA Rural Development's Rural Utilities Service (RUS), this financing is part of the $690 million investment during fiscal year 2011 and is in addition to the $3.5 billion in broadband funding RUS awarded for projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The telecommunications infrastructure program funds facilities and equipment to upgrade, expand, maintain and replace rural telecommunications networks.

Projects announced today include a $70 million loan to 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (3 Rivers) in Fairfield, Montana to install almost 1,700 miles of buried cable, construct buildings, and install electronic equipment to upgrade 10 exchanges. The deployment of this equipment will make upgraded broadband services available to approximately 4,700 households, 500 businesses, and 82 critical community organizations, such as public safety departments. 3 Rivers provides telecommunications services to subscribers over nearly 17,000 square miles of Montana.

In Oregon, Molalla Telephone Company has been selected to receive a $22.5 million loan to expand a Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband system to approximately 85 percent of their subscribers.

Funding of each recipient is contingent upon their meeting the conditions of the loan agreement. A complete list of the rural utilities approved for funding is listed below:


  • Farmers Mutual Telephone Company: $18,205,000

Iowa and Missouri

  • IAMO Telephone Company: $14,972,000


  • Wilson Telephone Company, Inc.: $14,312,000


  • 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc.: $70,000,000


  • Molalla Telephone Company: $22,500,000


  • Coleman County Telephone Cooperative, Inc.: $22,540,000


  • Western Wahkiakum County Telephone Company: $12,708,000


  • Baldwin Telecom, Inc.: $16,716,000

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $150 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit for additional information about the agency's programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.


2011 4-H Film Festival Entries Are In PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joy Venhorst   
Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:14

AMES, Iowa –Thirteen films by Iowa teens and preteens will compete at the 2011 4-H Film Festival during the Iowa State Fair

The participants had the choice of working on a film individually or as a team. At least one team member must be in 4-H. Film submissions were due July 1 and the review and judging process is under way.

“It’s exciting to see the youth of Iowa grabbing their cameras, gathering friends and making such creative and fun films for all to enjoy,” said Jed Findlay, a communications specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and one of the judges for the film festival. “I’m looking forward to the day of the festival to see which films get picked.”

The top films will be shown at the 2011 4-H Film Festival in the 4-H Exhibits Building on Aug. 12. Teams are competing for a spot in the line-up and for the grand prize of an Apple iPad.

“These films are a great example of the kind of talent and creativity that youth are capable of and it is outstanding,” says Film Festival coordinator Karen Frank.

KCWI, Blank Park Zoo, Traviss Audio Video and Taco Johns are sponsoring the event.

4-H Film Festival Entries

Iowa youth who completed any of grades 5 through 12 were eligible to submit a film in one of three categories:

Educate - Videos intended to provide information or training on a specific topic

Inspire - Videos intended to raise awareness about an important issue or call viewers to action

Just 4 Fun - Videos intended to entertain

Films from the following teams are being reviewed and judged for the 4-H Film Festival.


A Rocket, a Crew and a Trip to the Moon by The Tech Rollers - Spencer Campbell, Story County

Origami Ocean: Paper Creations That Won’t Wash Up In Water by Fold-It-Up Productions - Hunter Brehm, Dubuque County

The Dangers of Texting While Driving by IDHT Productions - Sarah Braun, Warren County


Running the Race by 4 Kids and a Camera - Joel Stephenson, Emma Stephenson, Victoria Litwiller and Matthew J. Litwiller, Hardin County

2011 South Africa Mission Trip by Films 4 Christ - Colton Bishop, Polk County

Just 4 Fun

Super Spy Granny by Barr and Padlock Productions - Alan Barr, Alicia Barr, Paul Swanson, Zack Paddok, Emilie Paddok and Bethany Paddok, Decatur County

Trisha’s Lullaby by Jaden Ramsey - Tonya Ramsey, Sac County

Blue and Green by Arthur - Arthur Behnke, Scott County

Starry Eyed Surprise by Andrew Smith - Andrew Smith, Story County

Kidnapped by Kids on Scene - Callie Forgy, Madison County

The Journey to the Clover Queen by Eyes on the Child Baby Sitting Club - Mikayla VanderHeiden, Bekah Nau, Megan Garrison, Alaina O’Connor, Paige O’Connor, Amanda Ryner, Tyanna Forgy and Kendra Kirkland, Madison County

10 Weirdest things to Trip Over by ZUM Movies - Alex Zumwalt, Linn County

Hairball Revenge by French Fries - Rayna P. Buxton, Henry County

For more information, contact Karen Frank at kmnaig@gmail.comor Holly Bignall at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Iowa author offers candid approach to handling problems, decisions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Tomlinson   
Tuesday, 26 July 2011 13:56

DAVENPORT, Iowa – In his new book, “Life Is Too Short: Life Is What We Make It,” Iowa author David W. Dorris shows readers how to approach life's problems, and that making the right choices is easier than they may think.

Dorris compares life to a baseball game, constantly throwing curveballs. He challenges readers to stop watching from the sidelines and to get in the game and face life head-on, even though it isn’t always an easy game to play.

No one has a choice as to how they come into the world, but Dorris points out that everyone has a choice as to the kind of life they live. In this insightful book, readers discover for themselves how they too can knock life's curveballs out of the park.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Dorris coached Dad's Club Softball for thirty years. He always taught the kids that played for him that life is like a sport, which encouraged him to write his other books, “Life Is Too Short” and “Life Is Too Short: Choices In Life, Second Edition.” He has two children, Wendy and Douglas, and currently resides in Davenport, Iowa, with his wife, Sally.

Justice Tom Waterman appears on The Cities with Jim Mertens PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lora Adams   
Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:10

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – Inspired by his attorney father and following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, Justice Charles M. Waterman, who served on the Iowa Supreme Court from 1898 to 1902, newly elected Justice Tom Waterman sits down to talk with Jim Mertens on “The Cities.” The program will air on Thursday, July 7th at 6:30 pm and Sunday, July 10 at 5:30 pm.

Speaking about his appointment, Justice Waterman said “I was thrilled to land the position for the Quad Cities. We haven’t had a resident justice here since Linda Neumann retired in 2003…” he went on to say “…It’s important both for the court and for the Quad Cities to have a resident justice here again. It improves communications, and a lot of what our Supreme Court does is to administer the rules and the personnel in the judicial branch…” Justice Waterman said he was honored to have been appointed to the court and “After 9-11, like many American’s, I felt an impulse to give back to the community.” He feels strongly that this job fulfills that goal.

Host Jim Mertens asked if it bothered him how the court was politicized the way it was prior to the 2010 elections. Waterman responded “Well, it was a shock to the judicial system, and one thing I’ve seen now that I’m serving on the court is the backlog the new justices have inherited because the court was at barely over half strength for a number of months and very distracted before it.  It had never happened before, and normally the Supreme Court changes one justice at a time, normally through retirement. It never lost three and never had three new members join all at once. At the same time, that made the need all the greater and the opportunity to serve all the more important…” he went on to say “I think it’s very important to our system of checks and balances that our court not get politicized, and two of the downsides to what happened are the risks that justices and judges will get intimidated and base a decision on what they think is popular rather than what the law requires.”

Among his plans on the court, he wants more of Iowa’s citizens to see how the court works.” I hope to bring the court to Davenport within the next year or so. It provides the public with an opportunity to come to a local auditorium, see the court in action and one of my favorite parts of the job is the oral arguments,” Waterman said.

Other innovations on the court, is the videotaping of arguments before the court. By archiving the cases, people can go to the Iowa Supreme Court website and be better informed about the cases before the court and their outcomes. Justice Waterman feels that it is the job of the justices to “protect the integrity of the system” and said that upcoming cases include civil, criminal and constitutional issues. To find out more about Justice Tom Waterman, tune in to WQPT Thursday at 6:30 pm.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.

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