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According to a Bettendorf Police Department release, the shooting at the Big 10 Mart at 2480 53rd Avenue, Bettendorf on Saturday was an attempted robbery resulting in a homicide.

The victim, a female clerk, age 28, died from an apparent gunshot wound. The Bettendorf Police Department is working with management at Big 10 Mart to obtain video evidence. The case is currently under investigation.

An autopsy is pending. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members.

No further information at this time.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to call the Bettendorf Police Department at 563-344-4015, or Crime Stoppers of the Quad Cities at 309-762-9500.


PREVIOUS: Bettendorf Police were investigating a gunshot death that occurred Saturday at the Big 10 Mart at the intersection of 18th Street and 53rd Avenue.

Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane said his department was called to assist at the scene and to help Bettendorf police cover calls in the city.\u00a0

Bettendorf Police Chief Keith Kimball said a news release will be issued some time later as investigators are still piecing together the incident.\u00a0

Several people whose cars were parked either at a gasoline pump or in the parking lot had to wait until police completed their investigation before they could take them.\u00a0

Numerous people from the neighborhood walked from their homes to the scene on Saturday to see if they could learn what was happening.\u00a0

The Davenport Police Department's Crime Scene Unit assisted at the scene with its crime mapping 3-D laser scanner.\u00a0

The victim's identity was not released late Saturday.\u00a0\u00a0

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This story is the fifth installment in an ongoing series about population loss in the Quad-City region.

Read\u00a0part one, an overview;\u00a0part two, on diversity;\u00a0part three\u00a0on how population loss affects taxpayers; and part four, about the reasons why the population is declining.\u00a0

Which city has more people: Rock Island, Ill., or Bettendorf, Iowa?

The answer is Rock Island. It has always been bigger. In 1950, Rock Island had almost ten times as many residents as Bettendorf.

But times have changed. If current trends hold, Bettendorf will become the second-largest of the region's five core cities within a generation and is on pace to pass the city of Rock Island by 2021.

Bettendorf is in a geographically privileged position with room to grow. Whereas, on the Illinois side of the river, Rock Island, Moline and East Moline are landlocked with shrinking populations.

\u201cWe\u2019re blessed to have that ability to grow and expand,\u201d said Jeff Reiter, economic development director for the city of Bettendorf. \u201cInstead of turning a blind eye to growth and development, we\u2019re proactively planning for the future. We\u2019re not only looking at the next five to 10 years but the next 15 to 50.\u201d

Quad-Citians offer numerous explanations for the growing gap between Rock Island County, which is losing residents, and Scott County, which is growing.

As data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows, the gap is principally a result of out-migration \u2014 people moving away from Illinois \u2014 and not falling birth rates.

So what\u2019s causing the exodus?

Taxes \u2014 perception vs. reality

On both sides of the river, the blame for the diverging counties gets pinned most often on taxes.

\u201cI talk to people, and they\u2019re fed up with the taxes,\u201d said Edwin Langdon, Jr., a member of the Rock Island County Board, expressing a popular sentiment.

Iowa and Illinois tax residents differently. According to analyses by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, Illinois income taxes tend to be lower, while\u00a0property and sales taxes tend to be higher.

In Iowa, the reverse tends to be true, though many exceptions exist in both states.

According to a Tax Foundation analysis from last year, Illinois ranked 13th\u2014out of 50, with 50 being highest\u2014in the individual income taxes, and 45th on property taxes. Iowa, by contrast, ranked 42nd on income taxes and 39th on property taxes.

But even small differences in property tax rates can yield substantial differences in payment.

A home valued at $250,000 in Scott County could pay around $4,000 in property taxes. The same home in Rock Island County could pay more than $6,900, according to data from the Rock Island County Treasurer's Office, the Scott County Property Tax Calculator and the financial technology company SmartAsset.

Still, Illinois leaders downplay the differences or emphasize other advantages.

\u201cIt benefits seniors to be here,\u201d said East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman. \u201cIn Illinois, you don\u2019t pay income tax on your pensions. In Iowa you do.\u201d

Sales tax schemes differ between the states, which some leaders have bemoaned. In Iowa, a sales tax is county-wide and shared evenly by municipalities. In Illinois, each municipality is responsible for its own sales taxes, which can be adjusted by home-rule towns without a referendum, said Freeman.

\u201cThat\u2019s a difference that helps the Iowa side not compete against each other and low-ball each other,\u201d said Luis Moreno, a former alderman in East Moline and current member of the Rock Island County Board. \u201cOn the Illinois side, we\u2019re constantly doing that. We\u2019re constantly low-balling one another to get companies to come to our municipality.\u201d

But bi-state leaders push back on the idea that taxation hampers the Illinois side. The differences between the states are marginal, said Paul Rumler, CEO, and president of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

\u201cYou have to look at all of the tax burdens, on the collective level. When you do that, the disparity is not great,\u201d Rumler said. \u201cPerception becomes reality.\u201d

More land, more people

A major reason for the diverging growth has less to do with taxes than with real estate.

In Scott County, there\u2019s ample land available for development. By contrast, Rock Island County\u2019s population centers are mostly developed, and their housing stock is older.

\u201cFrom a development standpoint, it\u2019s cheaper to plow into a cornfield than to buy properties and remodel them,\u201d said Angie Normoyle, a member of the Rock Island County Board.

Or, as East Moline Mayor Reggie Freeman said, \u201cIt\u2019s easier to move cornfields than it is to move trees.\u201d

To grow, Moline and Rock Island might have to consider annexing new land outside the city limits.

That process can be daunting. Expansions require infrastructure and utilities. Construction can be time-consuming and expensive.

As an example, longtime residents point to delays in the West Rock River Bridge project, also known as Veteran\u2019s Memorial Bridge at Carr\u2019s Crossing. Planning took almost 40 years of fits and starts before construction was completed in 2007.

\u201cDuring that time frame, the situation continued to exacerbate,\u201d Rumler said about the project. \u201cThings happened over the last 40 years that we can\u2019t go back from.\u201d

Bettendorf, by contrast, does not have issues with land supply. Most of its residential growth has occurred in its northeastern corner, where land remains plentiful and relatively cheap.

\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of land that can still be developed,\u201d said Jeff Reiter, economic development director for the city of Bettendorf. He predicted that the city will \u201cpretty easily\u201d surpass 40,000 people within the next decade.

But he also emphasized that Bettendorf\u2019s fate is tied to the region\u2019s and that what happens in one of the Quad-Cities invariably affects all of its neighbors.

\u201cA lot of our economic growth is not something that is city-specific,\u201d said Jeff Reiter, economic development director for the city of Bettendorf. \u201cWe have to think regionally, as far as things like that. If Rock Island has a huge opportunity to draw a big manufacturing operation, it\u2019s great for all of us. We don\u2019t try to compare ourselves to them.\u201d

The blame game

Blame for population loss gets put on county government, city governments, real estate agencies, even the Quad City Chamber of Commerce, which some cited as having a preference for Iowa.

\u201cWe don\u2019t tell businesses to go to Iowa or Illinois,\u201d Rumler said in response. \u201cNo one wants to see one community fail. We\u2019re all in this together.\u201d

The unequal growth has, to a limited extent, embittered some Illinois Quad-Citians who think they\u2019re at the losing end of a rotten deal.

For many on both sides of the river, the main culprit for state population loss is Springfield.

Nearly every local resident interviewed for this series had at least heard \u2014 and occasionally shared \u2014 resentment against the Illinois state government for its alleged incompetence, corruption, recklessness or propensity to tax.

\u201cWhen you go two years without a budget, and keep increasing taxes, it\u2019s a problem for everyone,\u201d said Luis Moreno, an East Moline resident on the Rock Island County Board.

For many, whether or not Illinois actually taxes its residents more than neighboring states gets crowded out by the widespread belief that it does, perception becomes reality.

Springfield also fields criticism for its spending \u2014 or lack thereof.

\u201cThe state is the villain here,\u201d said Normoyle, who previously served on the Moline-Coal Valley School Board. She explained that the state has \u201cshirked its responsibility\u201d by chronically underfunding public schools.

The state\u2019s education funding formula, which was reformed in 2017, has been roundly criticized for exacerbating disparities between affluent and low-income students.

A recent report from The Education Trust, a nonprofit, singled out Illinois as having the single \u201clargest gap, by far,\u201d between high-poverty and low-poverty districts.

\u201cThe [state\u2019s] neglect of funding of schools has led communities to rely very heavily on property taxes,\u201d which in turn burdens homeowners, Normoyle said.

So what can be done?

In the next installment of the series, you will hear directly from local leaders about solutions to population change. You\u2019ll also hear ideas from academics, politicians, journalists and community planners across the continent about what should be done.

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Bettendorf Police were investigating a gunshot death that occurred Saturday at the Big 10 Mart at the intersection of 18th Street and 53rd Avenue.

Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane said his department was called to assist at the scene and to help Bettendorf police cover calls in the city.\u00a0

Bettendorf Police Chief Keith Kimball said a news release will be issued some time later as investigators are still piecing together the incident.\u00a0

Several people whose cars were parked either at a gasoline pump or in the parking lot had to wait until police completed their investigation before they could take them.\u00a0

Numerous people from the neighborhood walked from their homes to the scene on Saturday to see if they could learn what was happening.\u00a0

The Davenport Police Department's Crime Scene Unit assisted at the scene with its crime mapping 3-D laser scanner.\u00a0

The victim's identity was not released late Saturday.\u00a0\u00a0

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A Bettendorf doctor on Monday admitted in U.S. District Court, Davenport, that he failed to pay more than $400,000 in employment taxes for three businesses, U.S. Attorney Marc Krickbaum, of the South District of Iowa, announced Wednesday.\u00a0

Nirander Kumar, 66, of Bettendorf, faces up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $10,000 after pleading guilty to a single charge of failure to pay employment taxes.\u00a0

He will be sentenced Dec. 19.

Kumar's guilty plea is his latest run-in with police over the past decade.

In late July 2014, Kumar was responsible for paying withheld employment taxes on behalf of Jai Mata Lakshmi, doing business as Embers of Phoenix, according to a media release.\u00a0

Jai Mata Lakshmi operated two businesses, Echelon Sports Bar and Embers of Phoenix, at the same Davenport location.

In violation of federal tax laws, Kumar willfully failed to pay the second quarter 2014 withheld employment taxes due on behalf of Jai Mata Lakshmi and admitted to willfully failing to pay approximately $187,000 in employment taxes withheld from Jai Mata Lakshmi employees.

In January 2002, Kumar organized the Bettendorf Pediatric Group in Bettendorf. Prior to 2010 and continuing until approximately May 2012, he operated Bettendorf Pediatric in Davenport, according to the plea agreement filed Monday.

In approximately May 2012, Kumar was no longer practicing medicine but remained involved in signing payroll checks and was responsible for withheld employment taxes.

As part of the plea agreement, Kumar admitted he willfully withheld more than $234,000 of employment taxes withheld from employees\u2019 pay at Bettendorf Pediatric and more than $39,000 in employment taxes for another business, Funky Desi, in Moline.

According to the plea agreement, he also failed to pay $260,004.16 in additional taxes.\u00a0

According to Quad-City Times archives, Kumar has a history of sanctions from the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners in connection with his medical license.

In May 2006, Kumar was placed on five years of probation after the board charged him with engaging in unprofessional conduct. As part of his probation, he was subject to monitoring by the board, including substance abuse monitoring and was required to have a chaperone present when treating female patients, according to board documents.\u00a0

In April 2007, the board accused Kumar of violating the terms of his probation and engaging in unprofessional conduct and suspended his medical license.

Following an evidentiary hearing, the board in August 2007 concluded that Kumar violated the terms of his probation, terminated the suspension of his license and placed him on probation.

In September 2008, the board filed new charges against Kumar alleging that he violated the terms of his probation when he tested positive for alcohol and failed to call into and provide urine samples for the board\u2019s drug screening program. The board later filed other allegations against him.

In October 2009, following an evidentiary hearing, the board determined Kumar repeatedly violated the terms and conditions of his probation when he consumed alcohol; failed to comply with the board\u2019s drug screening program; used prescription drugs not prescribed for him by a treating physician; failed to notify the board that he used prescription drugs; and inappropriately prescribed medications, including controlled substances, to a female acquaintance without reviewing medical history, without performing a physical exam, and without maintaining a medical record.

The board also found that Kumar either withheld or fabricated evidence that he presented at that hearing and indefinitely suspended his license and ordered that he could not seek reinstatement for at least a year. He also was ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, according to board documents.

In November 2010, Kumar filed an application for reinstatement of his medical license; the board in April 2011 ordered Kumar to complete a professional ethics program; a professional boundaries program; a record keeping program; and appear before the board prior to reinstatement of his medical license. The board ordered that if he complied with those requirements, he would be placed on indefinite probation subject to counseling and board monitoring, according to board documents.\u00a0

His license still was listed as \u201csuspended\u201d on the Iowa Board of Medicine website as of Wednesday.

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After spending 16\u00bd years in prison, Michael Nunn accompanied a few relatives out to the area around 53rd and Elmore in Davenport, where dozens of stores and restaurants have popped up over the past decade or so.

\u201cI thought I was in New York City with all the lights ...\u2019\u2019 Nunn said. \u201cThat was cornfields, man \u2026 I said where the hell are we at, New York City? I thought we were on Times Square.\u2019\u2019

The old hometown changed quite a bit during all those years that Nunn was away.

Nunn has changed, too.

The two-time world middleweight boxing champion is a little bigger than he was back in the day although he still appears to be in very good shape. His face shows the normal lines and wrinkles that come with advancing age. He is completely bald.

He\u2019s still just as talkative, just as confident, nearly as brash. But there is a strand of maturity in his voice and his words that wasn\u2019t there in 2004 when he was sentenced to more than 24 years in federal prison for drug trafficking.

Spending roughly a third of your life behind bars will help you grow up.

\u201cGoing to prison teaches you what you want to do and what you don\u2019t want to do,\u2019\u2019 Nunn said in an exclusive interview with the Quad-City Times. \u201cI think it\u2019s going to make me a better person as far as being a good dad and a good man in the community and just a genuine person \u2026 I want to utilize my skills in a productive way.\u2019\u2019

Nunn is finally out of prison and back living in his hometown.

His original sentence was shortened by 57 months due to legislation passed several years ago regarding federal drug offenders. He was released to a halfway house in Davenport on Feb. 6. He walked out of there in early July.

He still has been under travel restrictions that have kept him from going outside the Iowa-Illinois region but those are expected to be lifted soon. He will be able to go wherever he wants and take advantage of numerous invitations to attend fights and make public appearances around the globe.

\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of people I want to see and a lot of things I want to see and things I want to do,\u2019\u2019 Nunn said.

He already has been told he will be inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame in October of 2020.

A long list of old friends and acquaintances have reached out to him. He has heard from Bob Arum, who promoted many of his fights, including the 1991 Rumble on the Riverbank, which featured Nunn defending his world title against James \u201cLights Out\u2019\u2019 Toney.

Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. has been in touch with Nunn and even suggested that the two old champs might make some big money by stepping into the ring against one another.

\u201cNow that we\u2019re in our 50s, he wants to fight now,\u2019\u2019 Nunn said with a grin. \u201cI don\u2019t understand that. When we were in our 30s, he didn\u2019t want to fight \u2026 I just always knew I could beat him. I\u2019ve always been a firm believer in just getting in the ring and fighting \u2026 Roy would never fight me.\u2019\u2019

Nunn isn\u2019t discounting the possibility that at the age of 56 he might still have a few good rounds in him. He might even take Jones up on his offer.

\u201cI\u2019ll just beat him up 20 years later,\u2019\u2019 he said.

For the most part, however, Nunn just wants to enjoy life and spend time with his four children and six grandchildren.

\u201cWhen the time comes, I\u2019ll get all the attention that I need,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cI just want to go home and spend time with my grandkids and my family, just relax a little bit. I\u2019ve been home like 100-and-some days but being in the halfway house is kind of hectic. I just want to kick back and walk around the block and just breathe.\u2019\u2019

He said he has things he wants to impart to those grandkids, the oldest of whom just graduated from high school. None of them ever saw him fight except on Youtube videos. He wants them to know the value of a good education and hard work. He wants them to make a good life for themselves and not repeat the mistakes that Grandpa made.

\u201cI don\u2019t want them to think that what I did was cool,\u2019\u2019 Nunn said.

He may write a book about the path his life has taken. He certainly wants to do some public speaking, especially to youth groups.

\u201cI\u2019m a bigger person now and I want to be able to do productive, positive things, not just here in the community but worldwide, and be able to inspire the kids to do the right things and not grow up being in jail and being in that fast life,\u2019\u2019 Nunn said.

He wants to share the lessons learned in a life that is, at best, a cautionary tale.

Nunn was a wild kid from the streets of Davenport who was able to channel his aggression into boxing with the help of local trainer Alvino Pena and an AAU referee and judge named Bob Surkein. He later was able to ascend through the pro ranks with the help of manager Dan Goosen and trainer Angelo Dundee.

Using a lightning fast style reminiscent of Muhammad Ali, Nunn won his first 36 professional fights, claiming the IBF middleweight championship with a knockout of Frank Tate in 1988.

He held the title until that memorable night at John O\u2019Donnell Stadium in 1991 when Toney surprised him with a knockout punch in the 11th round.

Nunn bounced back to win the world super middleweight title about 16 months later, holding that belt until a 1994 loss to Steve Little. He finished his career 58-4.

Even through all that success in the ring, Nunn had occasional run-ins with the law. He admits that he occasionally dabbled in the sale of illegal drugs although he won\u2019t say for how long, saying only that \u201cI had my moments.\u2019\u2019

Somehow, he always managed to squirm out of trouble.

He finally got caught in August of 2002 when he paid a federal undercover agent $200 for one kilogram of cocaine \u2014 street value $24,000 \u2014 in a Davenport hotel room. Nunn pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in May 2003 and was sentenced in January 2004.

Several witnesses, including some relatives, testified in court that Nunn had been dealing drugs since 1993.

\u201cThey blew it up bigger than it was,\u2019\u2019 Nunn said. \u201cThey said, 'He had a 10-year history of drug dealing.\u2019 They just went by what they heard on the street. I didn\u2019t say anything. I figured I\u2019ll get a chance to say my peace later. But I\u2019m thinking, 'If I had a 10-year history and they\u2019re just catching me now \u2026 wow.\u2019\u2019\u2019

District judge William Gritzer also took into account testimony that Nunn may have been armed during some of his drug dealings. Nunn didn\u2019t help himself when he did get a chance to speak, showing defiance and belligerence toward the judge. All of it added up to a sentence of 292 months in prison.

He spent 18 months in the Muscatine County jail while going through the legal system, then spent another 15 years in federal facilities in Texas, Colorado, West Virginia, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

He said he was a model prisoner who steered clear of gang activity and sometimes acted as a peacemaker in disputes between other prisoners. He said the warden of the Oxford, Wisconsin, facility told him he was sorry to see him go when he was transferred to the halfway house last winter.

The drug dealings and his 2002 arrest don\u2019t really enter Nunn\u2019s thoughts much anymore.

\u201cI\u2019ve tried to put that in the rear view,\u2019\u2019 Nunn said. \u201cI\u2019ve had my moments where I thought about it. I\u2019m looking past all that stuff. I don\u2019t worry about it \u2026

\u201cIt probably was a good thing that they got me when they got me because the situation probably could have gotten worse.\u2019\u2019

How could it have gotten worse?

\u201cGetting involved in the drug business, you could have been killing people or getting killed or killing police or whatever,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cMaybe it was time to just stop everything and change lanes basically.\u2019\u2019

While he was incarcerated, so many of those who helped him passed away. Surkein. Pena. Goosen. Dundee. On April 29, 2017, his mother, Madies Nunn, died.

\u201cThat was probably the hardest time ever,\u2019\u2019 Nunn admitted. \u201cI talked to my mother every day for 15 years and eight months. Her passing while I was in prison kind of hurt but I understand that that\u2019s life. The thing about it is we had the type of relationship that will last me a lifetime.\u2019\u2019

He said his mother inspired him to achieve all the positive things he did in boxing.

\u201cWithout her, I probably would have never done these things,\u2019\u2019 he said.

He also is quick to lavish praise on people in the Quad-Cities who supported him while he was in prison. He has spent much of the past few months thanking those people for standing behind him.

While he is proud of all his boxing accomplishments, Nunn freely accepts responsibility for the bad things he did. It\u2019s part of the maturity he developed during all those years behind bars.

\u201cI fought nobody but me,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cI\u2019ve taken responsibility for everything I\u2019ve done. I don\u2019t shift the blame. I went to jail and I\u2019ve done my time. Now I\u2019m back and I\u2019m going to keep moving forward.\u2019\u2019

Michael Nunn through the years
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A LeClaire woman is facing a theft charge after police say she pocketed donated money from a fundraiser intended to help a local family with medical expenses.

Barbara Opal Ritter, 59, of the 300 block of Walnut Court, was booked into the Scott County Jail at 12:49 p.m. Wednesday on one count of third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.

She was released more than an hour later after posting $2,000 through a bail bond company.

In May, the LeClaire Police Department was contacted about a possible theft from a charity fundraiser.

A LeClaire family held a fundraiser in March to raise money for medical expenses for their daughter. Ritter was in charge of organizing the vendor fair portion of the fundraiser, police said in a news release.

The family told police Ritter failed to turn over the donated funds from the vendors. An investigation concluded the family was owed $972.

Ritter admitted she deposited the money into her personal bank account and used it to take care of personal financial obligations, according to the release.

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Muscatine County Medical Examiner Investigator Susie Garrett has released the names of the two victims who died in the Aug. 14 house fire on Stewart Road in Fruitland.

Graham Jared, 45, and his nephew, Ethan Jared, 21, both lived in the home and died in the fire.

Muscatine Joint Communications Center (MUSCOM) received a call around 6:59 a.m. Aug. 14 of smoke coming from a single family residence at 2504 Stewart Road in Fruitland.

The building is owned by A-1 Self Storage, according to transaction records.

Fruitland Fire reported heavy fire was found on the north side of the building. Officials said the fire response was efficient as crews were able to knock down the fire and bring it under control within 30 minutes. The residence had smoke damage throughout and several rooms sustained heavy fire damage.

The on-scene investigation is complete, but final reports are not. Initial reports found the blaze did not appear intentional. About 20 firefighters responded. The Fruitland Fire Department was assisted by the Muscatine, Letts and Wilton fire departments, the Iowa State Fire Marshal\u2019s Office, and the Muscatine County Sheriff\u2019s Office.

The Iowa State Fire Marshal\u2019s Office is working on the investigation, and Fruitland and Muscatine fire departments are assisting.

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As Tate Jackson walked into the Carver Swim Center on Monday morning, the memories came rushing back.

More than seven years removed from his one season of swimming for Muscatine, he remembers the walk down the back wall to the starting blocks for his race. He remembers his mother disqualifying him in a race for doing an illegal turn in the backstroke. He remembers the challenging sets coach Judd Anderson would put the team through, particularly during winter break.

In 2012, swimming was just evolving into a passion for Jackson. It has become his livelihood now.

The 22-year-old Jackson has turned professional after finishing a collegiate career at the University of Texas last winter where he was an 11-time All-American. He was part of two national championship winning relays and is the Big 12 Conference\u2019s record holder in the 100 freestyle (41.06/short course).

It was Jackson\u2019s first trip to Muscatine in more than five years. He was back in southeast Iowa celebrating his grandmother\u2019s 85th birthday.

Jackson talked with, posed for photographs and even raced several members of the Muscatine girls swim team Monday. Several club swimmers also attended.

\u201cI thought it would be fun for the kids, especially this age group, to meet someone that has done it and been there,\u201d Anderson said. \u201cIn communities such as ours, small-town Iowa, we\u2019re not in the typical loop of big-time swimming athletics.\u201d

Jackson, ranked fifth in the country and 10th in the world in the 100 freestyle, has lofty goals.

He is working toward a spot on the 2020 United States Olympic Team.

\u201cWhen you get in this pool, that\u2019s the dream for everyone,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cI really want to make the team. I know what I got to do to make that happen. Essentially, it is how I execute.

\u201cIt would mean a lot to me, but I also think it would mean a lot to Judd, my club coach Megan and a lot of other people who have directly influenced where I am today.\u201d

Muscatine claimed three straight state titles from 2011-13. Jackson was a freshman on the Muskies' 2012 squad.

Jackson is about a half-foot taller than his freshman year of high school.

\"Where he's matured more than anything is his attitude and dedication,\" Anderson said. \"I'm not sure whether it would have developed here or not.

\"He comes from a great family. His mom and dad were very supportive people. They didn't push and didn't force things to happen.\"

After the 2012 season, his father, Eric, accepted a job in Austin, Texas, and the family moved.

After three years of swimming for Nitro, a club program in the Austin area, he went on to have a standout career at Texas.

\u201cThe culture on the University of Texas team mimicked the culture here at Muscatine my freshman year,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cEveryone is here having fun and they want to go fast.

\u201cWe knew we could win state here. It was such a unique brotherhood at Texas, you feel so close to everyone. It is a huge reason my swimming has elevated to where I am now.\u201d

Jackson hardly lifted weights during high school. He never did year-round swimming until after his freshman season of high school. He played football, baseball and soccer throughout middle school.

\u201cIt is a huge reason I never dealt with any form of burnout,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cA lot of guys in college quit after one or two years because they\u2019ve been doing insane yardage since they were 6 years old.

\u201cI didn\u2019t even try in practice until my freshman year. That relaxed, do-what-you-want attitude has served me pretty well. I\u2019ve always done my best under low pressure and high-fun environments.\"

Jackson is swimming the TYR pro swim circuit and training at the University of Texas. He is in the process of trying to negotiate a suit contract.\u00a0

He is gearing up for next summer\u2019s Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Jackson swam a personal-best 47.88 in the 100 freestyle (long course) last month. It took a 48.2 to make the U.S. squad for the 2016 Olympics.

\u201cMy real goal is to be in the top six in the 100 freestyle and make the team,\u201d Jackson said. \"If I swim my best, I think I'll be OK.\"

Jackson plans to swim competitively for as long as he can. Once that door closes, he wants to either coach or possibly attend law school and become a sports agent.

For now, he wants to see how far swimming can take him. In the short term, he wants to earn a spot on the 2020 team that goes to Tokyo.\u00a0

\u201cEvery single time I get in the water, I still love it,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cI have a rule if I wake up for morning practice and don\u2019t want to go, I don\u2019t go. I haven\u2019t skipped practice yet because I always want to go.\u201d

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