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We want to let you know that we've released a newer, more up-to-date version of our news app, which will work better on both your iPhone and iPad.

This app for iPad only will continue to work for some time, displaying news updates as normal.

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JP Flynn spent Monday fly fishing under a gorgeous Montana sky, collecting his second big catch of the week.

The first came Saturday, when the Bettendorf graduate who earned all-American honors as an offensive lineman at Montana State signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent.

He leaves Thursday for San Francisco and the start of a mini-camp, the first page of the next chapter in Flynn\u2019s football career.

\u201cIt\u2019s an exciting opportunity, something I\u2019ve been working toward for a long time and I\u2019m ready to make the most of it,\u2019\u2019 Flynn said. \u201cIt\u2019s been a lot of hard work over the long haul, going back to my time at Bettendorf, but for it to play out this way, it\u2019s been worth it.\u2019\u2019

The 49ers were among the teams that watched Flynn compete at Montana State\u2019s pro day in late March, but he had no contact with San Francisco until his phone rang Saturday afternoon.

\u201cThey said they liked what they had seen on film and were ready to give me a chance either in the seventh round or as a free agent,\u2019\u2019 Flynn said. \u201cThey were going to do what they could to get me in.\u2019\u2019

He has spoken with 49ers offensive line coach John Benton, who welcomed him to the organization and mentioned he liked what he had seen from the 6-foot-6, 316-pound guard who recorded a 30.5-inch vertical leap and a time of 4.72 seconds in the three-cone drill, measurements that both would have ranked third among offensive linemen at the NFL Combine.

After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Montana State in December, Flynn split his draft preparations between two sites.

He worked at the Landow Performance Center in Colorado, training there along with Stanford\u2019s Christian McCaffrey and other draft hopefuls, and back in Bozeman, Montana with former Montana State all-American Dane Fletcher, who spent six seasons in the NFL after initially signing as a free agent.

\u201cI learned a lot about myself during the process,\u2019\u2019 Flynn said. \u201cI found myself going up against some of the best guys in the country in Denver and Dane\u2019s experience put a totally different perspective on things. I was challenged, but I also found out that I belong.\u2019\u2019

Flynn had been working toward the objective since moving to Montana.

\u201cI left the Quad-Cities on June 21, 2012 and I\u2019ve never stopped working since I got out here,\u2019\u2019 Flynn said. \u201cI\u2019ve spent the summers here. It\u2019s now home. Every day, the idea has been to get better and to improve.\u2019\u2019

There have been challenges along the way.

He underwent surgery 18 months ago to repair a torn patella tendon.

Flynn found encouragement from the support of teammates and friends on campus and in the Bozeman community as he worked his way back onto the field and toward the start of what turned into a dominant senior season on the Bobcats\u2019 offensive line.

\u201cThe people around me taught me to never give up, to keep pushing forward,\u2019\u2019 Flynn said. \u201cThey helped me get back.\u2019\u2019

The only returning player on the Montana State front five with starting experience and the only senior on the line, Flynn earned first-team all-Big Sky Conference honors for the second time in his career.

He started 43 games during his collegiate career and earned second-team all-American recognition following his senior season.

\u201cMy senior season was my best year of football. I was working with some good young players around me and being the old guy, I was able to pass along what the older guys had taught me when I was in their situation,\u2019\u2019 Flynn said. \u201cMy body felt good, it felt strong and it was the type of year that I wanted it to be.\u2019\u2019

It was the type of year that led Flynn to his latest opportunity.

\u201cI\u2019m anxious to see where it all leads,\u2019\u2019 he said.

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A motorcyclist was killed around 5:40 p.m. Sunday after he was struck by a vehicle on River Drive, east of Concord Street, near Credit Island Park in Davenport.

A motorist, Seth James, said he saw the motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, get struck and thrown from the motorcycle into traffic, where he was struck again by an oncoming vehicle. Chest compressions were performed on the motorcyclist, but the man was declared dead at the scene.

No one else was transported for treatment.

Police, who did not release the name of the motorcyclist, remained at the scene late Sunday investigating the accident and taking photos of the scene. Traffic is being rerouted in the area.

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Results of the Christmas Bird Count\u00a0in the Quad-City region are in, and they once again show evidence of\u00a0overall warmer weather in the area during December-January.

In years past, so-called semi-hardy birds such as robins, winter wrens and eastern bluebirds would not be common\u00a0because they would have flown south, but this year they were counted in large numbers,\u00a0said\u00a0Kelly McKay, the Hampton, Illinois,\u00a0field biologist, who tabulated seven counts in the region. He was helped by Steve Hager, biology professor at Augustana College, Rock Island.

\"Their winter range is shifting north,\" he said. \"Here is a piece of evidence that is very strongly connected to climate change.\"

The exception to the \"generally warmer\" scenario\u00a0was the\u00a0period of near zero temperatures the region experienced in mid-December.\u00a0During that time, the Mississippi River froze over, leading to a lower-than-usual number of waterfowl and gulls in the count.

The Christmas census of bird populations has been conducted nationally for 117 years under the auspices of the National Audubon Society. On designated days in December and January, volunteers count birds at feeders and in the field, taking note of both numbers and species. Over time, the data reflect trends.

The seven counting areas compiled by McKay and Hager each\u00a0encompass an expanse of about 117 square miles.

The total number of birds counted this year\u00a0was 146,872, compared to 153,295 in 2015-16, 163,881 in 2014-15 and 159,644 in 2013-14.

McKay offered two reasons for the lower total, first being the frozen river on the days the\u00a0counts were made in the Quad-Cities and Clinton, Iowa/Savanna, Illinois, two\u00a0typically\u00a0high\u00a0water-bird spots.

Second,\u00a0red-winged black birds that have traditionally roosted in the thousands in the wetlands near Barstow, Illinois, are no longer there because of habitat loss, McKay said.

Among the \"best finds\" in this year's count were a golden eagle in the Princeton/Camanche, Iowa,\u00a0count and an osprey and two mountain bluebirds in the Clinton, Iowa/Savanna, Illinois count.

While semi-hardies were counted in good numbers,\u00a0previously common winter birds was a mixed bag, McKay reported. Finches were in poor numbers across the region, but there were large numbers of American tree sparrows and dark-eyed juncos.

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