Pick up Monday’s paper and you’ll notice a difference. You’ll notice new features and a new focus.

Monday is often our weakest edition. That’s true for every newspaper in the nation – I promise. It happens because we keep a lighter staff on Sundays, and because there isn’t a tremendous amount of “news” on Sunday. Sunday is a day for church and family, Closed signs on businesses, yard work and football.

And, so, we write stories in advance and save them for Monday. We take photos of people doing yard work. And if there’s a siren, we follow it.

What if we could offer you something else? What if we could use our resources to create a Monday edition that is not just interesting to read, but useful and follows the rhythm of how we naturally live our lives?

That’s our goal.

Here’s what you’ll see on Monday:

• Follow-up File. How often have you asked, “I wonder what ever happened to … ?” Each week, we’ll answer that question. We’ll look at cold cases and controversies of the past. We’ll check in with former high school graduates whose names you remember, but whose life paths you might not have followed. We’ll get in touch with recipients from large fundraisers and pick up where we left off with coverage of issues that made headlines when they showed up before city council, but haven’t been mentioned since. As you read Follow-up File, we’d love to hear from you with ideas and stories you’d like to know more about.

• Best of the Week. We originally launched this feature in the Sunday paper. Compiled by entertainment reporter Amanda Hancock, it’s a quick look at nine events that are happening in the coming week, with all you need to know to plan. Moving Best of the Week out of Sunday gives us more room for our popular Sunday Out & About page, featuring photos of people you know.

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• This Week in History. One of the truly special things about the Quad-City Times is our investment in this community’s history. We have an extensive library and archive going back 161 years ago when this newspaper printed its first edition. We also have a dedicated librarian, Roy Booker, who has worked at the Quad-City Times for 25 years. Each Monday, on page 2, he’ll present This Week in History, pulling events from our archives to remind us of where we’ve been. Booker also writes a twice-weekly column called Ask The Times, that runs on Thursdays and Saturdays, where he researches and publishes the answers to any reader question.

• Start the Week of Right. Also on page 2, we’ve been running a rotating column of healthy living advice for those of us who start each week promising to eat better, exercise and live right. Our columnists offer tips, recipes and action steps you can take to improve your health. We pair this column with a calendar of healthy living-related events. If you have events or classes you would like included in the calendar, visit our website at qctimes.com and click “Add An Event” above the calendar on the homepage.

• Look Ahead. Lastly, we have a quick read feature called Look Ahead that gives a quick run-down of discussions and votes to expect on city council and school board agendas over the coming week. The sports team also offers an at-a-glance look at the big matchups on the calendar. And we’ll give you a quick look ahead at the work we’re planning for next Big Story, our Sunday in-depth reporting project.

Enjoy the new Monday edition of the Quad-City Times and stay in touch with your thoughts about it.

Autumn Phillips is the executive editor of the Quad-City Times and qctimes.com. 563-383-2264; qphillips@qctimes.com; on Twitter @autumnedit.

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