Bettendorf business owner announces run for Congress

Mark Strauss of Bettendorf is seeking the Libertarian nomination for the 2018 Iowa 2nd District congressional race. The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Dave Loebsack.

In a press-release, Strauss, a lifelong independent says “the two party system is strangling America,” and “America should be governed by people not ruled by the majority party protecting corporate donors.”

Strauss, a small business owner, was featured during CNN Democrat and Republican presidential debates in 2007. To view debate clips, visit and

Bettendorf resident earns national trapshooting title

Rock Island County 4-H member Brent Alman of Bettendorf recently competed at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska.

Alman shot a perfect 100 of 100 and had a long shoot-off with a shooter from New Mexico which earned him the national title of number one 4-H Shooting Sports shotgun trapshooter.

Alman also competed with his Illinois-based 4-H shooting sports team to earn second place in the nation in trapshooting.

There were 716 4-H members from 35 states competing at this year’s championship.

Bettendorf student awarded NAWIC scholarship

The National Association of Women in Construction Quad-City Chapter No. 50 awarded $16,000 scholarships to 15 students currently enrolled in construction related degree programs.

Among them was Kierstyn Feld, Bettendorf, an architecture student at Iowa State University, who received a Lori Estes Memorial Scholarship.

BHS and teacher Diana Steiner recognized by U.S. State Department

Bettendorf High School German teacher Diana Steiner and Bettendorf High School were recently recognized by the U.S. Department of State for their crucial role in the 2016 German-American Partnership Program.

The recognition was given for demonstrating dedication to understanding and improving U.S.-Germany relations through citizen diplomacy and fostering international understanding through youth exchange programs.

This is Bettendorf High School’s 40th year of partnering with a Von-der-Leyen Gymnasium, a school in Blieskastel, Germany.

Barnes named to state STEM council

Patrick Barnes of Bettendorf was recently appointed to the Governor’s Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council by Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Barnes was one of 15 members appointed to the council.

Appointments took effect Sept. 1, are unpaid and not subject to Senate confirmation.

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