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MOLINE \u2014 John Deere\u00a0is in the process of making\u00a0another foreign acquisition.

Deere & Co. announced Monday it had signed an agreement to acquire Unimil, a privately-held Brazilian company in the aftermarket service parts business for sugarcane harvesters.

Unimil, located in Piracicaba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, was founded in 1999 and has become a well-recognized provider of sugarcane harvester parts. The company has approximately 430 employees. Brazil is the No. 1 supplier of sugarcane in the world, producing approximately one-third of the world\u2019s annual production and nearly twice as much as any other country.

\u201cThe decision to acquire this company in the aftermarket parts business emphasizes our commitment to customers,\u201d Cory Reed, president of Deere\u2019s Worldwide Agriculture and Turf Division in the Americas, said in the company\u2019s release. \u201cUnimil has earned the confidence of customers in the sugarcane parts business by providing excellent service and product.\u201d

Deere did not disclose the cost of the acquisition.

Reed said the addition of Unimil further illustrated John Deere\u2019s commitment to the sugarcane business in Brazil and a commitment to making investments that would help customers reduce their sugarcane production costs. Deere recently introduced a new sugarcane harvester that's designed to significantly reduce production costs.

Deere\u2019s last acquisition was also of a foreign company when it acquired PLA, a privately-held manufacturer of sprayers, planters and specialty products in Argentina in July of 2018.

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A year ago we wrote in this space about the Kuno Struck mansion, a stone-and-brick home built in the Jacobean Revival style of architecture, the type you might expect to find in Europe but not central Davenport.

Built during 1910-11, the home retained its grand central staircase, fireplaces, stained glass windows and other features that ranked it among the \"Magnificent Mansions of the Quad-Cities,\" according to a 1958 series in a predecessor to this newspaper.

But the roof leaked, interior plaster was crumbled and small trees were growing in the gutters. Vacant and for sale, the home's future was in doubt.

Then, enter Randy and Mary McDonald. The couple already was living in a historic home in Davenport's McClellan Heights, but decided to give the \"cool looking house\" across the street from the Putnam Museum a visit, Mary McDonald said. They assessed what it would need and made an offer.

\"We love old houses because they have such character and there are so many stories,\" Mary said.

\"Our goal is to have the house be here 100 years from now,\" Randy McDonald added. \"This home deserved to be restored.\"

Despite being retirement age and Mary's full-time work operating the Stardust, an events center in downtown Davenport, the McDonalds closed on the house in November and, after a winter hiatus, got going full-bore in spring. They moved in during June, even though the home wasn't ready, and four months later, work is ongoing.

In addition to all the invisible work that already has been accomplished \u2014 new mechanical systems, a new roof and gutter system and tree removal \u2014 a walk-through reveals a different interior space from a year ago.

The kitchen is all-new

Most changed is the kitchen, which was, as Mary said, a \"confusing space\" in that it had been modernized, leaving little clue as to what it might have looked like originally.

When the house was built, kitchens were not the showplaces they are now. Completely utilitarian, they were mainly for \"the help\" and, by today's standards, small.

By the time the McDonalds saw it, the space was outfitted with modern wood cabinets, laminate countertops and a pressed tin backsplash, but the layout didn't make much sense.

Then Marion Meginnis, 3rd ward alderwoman and historic preservationist, put them in touch with Dave Cordes, another preservationist, who had access to the home's original blueprints.

The drawings by Walter Kruse and Rudolph J. Clausen showed built-in cabinets in the kitchen's recessed spaces and a work table \u2014 a version of today's island \u2014 in the middle.

Following the architects' intent, the McDonalds' had the kitchen gutted and new white cabinets installed along the walls and in the recessed areas, including an area that was a butler's pantry. A black stainless steel\u00a0 refrigerator, oven and microwave were tucked in between cabinets and an island with a four-burner gas cooktop was built in the middle.

\"It makes sense now,\" Mary said of the kitchen. It's still relatively small, but very functional.

Foyer, hall, living room take on new life

The home's foyer and hallway \u2014 the showy areas one sees entering the home \u2014 now contain area rugs and accessories, and work is proceeding to restore the decorative ceiling paint. In some cases, this work includes restoring the plaster as well.

But one of the first things a visitor might notice is that, standing in a corner of the hall, is a ... red, 1973 Honda motorcycle. This is a vehicle Randy had purchased for Mary to use, but when it proved undependable, they had it made into a table by installing a glass top. Cuts allow the bike's rear-view mirrors to stick up through the glass.

The motorcycle table is one of many examples of the McDonalds' sense of humor and fun. While respecting the home's character, they don't feel constrained to accessorize to the early 1900s time period.

Hence you'll find groupings of vintage cameras, one of many items they collect, and a completely modern crystal chandelier in the solarium, an item Mary calls a \"bit of glam.\"

Major work in the living room has included restoration of the wood, bringing out its original sheen, and new paint \u2014 Caribbean blue on the ceiling and a lighter Tiffany blue on the bottom. \"I wanted bold, but I didn't want bold on the walls,\" Mary said.

There's also a new mahogany floor to match the extensive woodwork \u2014 paneling and cabinets \u2014 on the walls. It replaces a lighter oak that was a non-original installation.

Hanging atop the stone fireplace with hand-chiseled oak leaves is an ornately\u00a0 framed reproduction of a painting by Kuno Struck.

The Davenport businessman who built the home enjoyed painting as a hobby and is credited with several hundred landscapes.

The McDonalds were told he did not display his work in his home because he considered that pretentious, but they thought it fitting to have at least one of his pictures in a prominent place.

Fun accessories lend element of surprise

Changes in the solarium also include new paint \u2014 amber/orange on the ceiling, matching one of the colors in the stained glass windows, and a light sage green on the bottom. Again, repair was part of the prep work. \"When it rained outside, it rained inside in here,\" Randy said.

And in this room too, they've accessorized with eclectic pieces they love: An old marching drum with a glass top serving as a coffee table and a turntable for playing vinyl records.

The dining room with its show-stopping honeycombed ceiling and floor-to-ceiling wood fireplace is the least changed of the showy rooms, although the oak floor has been refinished and the room is once again set for dinner.

A plus in restoring the house was that the downstairs was virtually untouched from when it was built, Randy said. \"It would have been easy to turn into a triplex or even a sixplex,\" he said. \"Thank goodness it wasn't.\"

The home currently is zoned multi-family, a zoning that likely occurred when Marycrest College owned the property; the McDonalds intend to have it down-zoned back to single-family.

Another plus is that the home was structurally solid, with steel I-beams on every floor.

Photos: A look inside the remodeled Kuno Struck Mansion
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IOWA CITY \u2014 Patrick McCaffery always has worn uniform No. 22. Always.

He started wearing it when his father was the coach at Siena College and it was the number of his favorite Siena player, Rick Rossiter. On every basketball team he has played for, at every level, he\u2019s worn it. It also was the number that his good friend and classmate, Austin \u201cFlash\u2019\u2019 Schroeder, wore in baseball.

But when Patrick joined the Iowa basketball program, now coached by his father, he learned that the No. 22 had been retired by the Hawkeyes. It was worn by former Moline High School star Bill Seaberg, who was a star guard on the Hawkeyes\u2019 back-to-back Final Four teams in the 1950s.

With Seaberg\u2019s permission, the number is being unretired so that Patrick can wear it.

Not because Patrick is the coach\u2019s son or because he is a top-100 recruit who could have a highly successful Hawkeye career ahead of him.

It\u2019s because of the story behind the number.

Patrick and Austin Schroeder shared more than just a uniform number. They both were diagnosed with cancer in the spring of 2014 and fought the disease side by side.

Patrick won his battle. Austin did not. He died of T-cell lymphoma in April 2015 at the age of 15.

After that, the No. 22 took on added meaning to Patrick. He said \u201cpretty much everything\u2019\u2019 he does now on the basketball court is done with his buddy \u201cFlash\u2019\u2019 in mind.

\u201cHe was an athlete, so anything I get that has to do with athletics is something that I will never take for granted anymore because he doesn\u2019t get that opportunity,\u2019\u2019 Patrick said. \u201cI just need to keep taking advantage of any opportunity I get. That\u2019s pretty much all my motivation.\u2019\u2019

Patrick has been somewhat reluctant to talk about his fight with cancer until recently, but now that he is stepping into the spotlight as a member of a Division I basketball program, he realizes there is much good that can come from it.

\u201cBeing able to use my platform and trying to get my story out there, maybe it will affect how much money goes toward whoever and maybe people will give more,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cIt\u2019s something that obviously is close to my heart as somebody who\u2019s gone through it and just knowing that we need to keep fighting that disease is something that is really important.\u2019\u2019

Last week he was presented with the Mary Ann Raymond Donnelly Fighting Spirit Award at a Coaches vs. Cancer event in Albany, New York. Following a short video, he spoke briefly about the need to keep raising funds and awareness about the disease.

Ironically, Fran and Margaret McCaffery helped start the Albany event many years ago when Fran was at Siena, long before they knew their son would be afflicted.

Fran McCaffery admitted it was an emotional night to see his 19-year-old son speak about something intensely personal at an event the coach helped found.

\u201cHe was not somebody who liked to talk about that very much,'' Fran McCaffery said. \"I think he said that in his speech. But he's recognized now that it's important that he tell his story for other people. I was really proud of him.\u2019\u2019

Patrick said the path his life has taken in the past five years has made him realize that nothing is guaranteed in life.

\u201cMy story ended up OK but there are a lot of other stories of people that weren\u2019t as fortunate as me,\u2019\u2019 he said. \u201cI just need to keep being grateful and keep playing hard every single day and make the most of this opportunity.\u2019\u2019

He now has two tattoos related to his fight with cancer.

On the left side of his chest, he has the name \u201cFlash\u2019\u2019 in Austin Schroeder\u2019s own handwriting.

On the inside of his right forearm is the number 22 along with a quote from an ESPYs speech by ESPN personality Stuart Scott, who also succumbed to cancer: \u201cYou beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.\u2019\u2019

Patrick\u2019s older brother, Connor, who also plays for the Hawkeyes, has the same tattoo on his left forearm.

\u201cThat\u2019s a very deep and meaningful tattoo,\u2019\u2019 Patrick said. \u201cWe went through a lot of this together so it\u2019s just something that will bond us together even more.\u2019\u2019

When Seaberg got a phone call from Iowa assistant coach Kirk Speraw earlier this year and heard the story behind Patrick and Flash and the No. 22, he couldn\u2019t say no.

\u201cI asked \u2018What kind of kid is he?\u2019\u2019\u2019 said Seaberg, who now lives in Evergreen, Colorado.

Upon hearing the details, he said: \u201cHe can use my number as long as he keeps his nose clean.\u2019\u2019

Seaberg, 85, received assurances from athletic director Gary Barta that his number will return to retired status following Patrick\u2019s career. He also received a phone call from Fran McCaffery and a letter of thanks from Patrick.

There is an added twist to the story: Since giving his permission, Seaberg has learned that he also has cancer. He has gone through radiation treatments for prostate cancer and may require surgery eventually.

He\u2019s facing it with the same sort of courage and aplomb as someone else who will wear his old number for the next few years.

\u201cI\u2019m whipping mine like he whipped his so we have that in common,\u2019\u2019 Seaberg said. \u201cIt will work out.\u2019\u2019

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A Tuesday disturbance call brought the Davenport Police Department to Davenport North High School\u00a0\u2014 and the incident ended with a 17-year-old charged with assaulting a police officer.

This latest incident marks at least the fourth time the DPD has been called to North since Sept. 30\u00a0\u2014 a span of 12 school days.

According to a DPD news release, police officers were called to Davenport North at roughly 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to help with a 17-year-old female who was \"creating a disturbance.\".

The police said the young woman tried to start a fight in a classroom, left the classroom\u00a0\u2014 but refused to leave the campus. According to the police, the police officer approached the student, asked her to leave and attempted to escort her out. The student struck the officer in the face with a bag and textbook.

The officer attempted to place her into custody, but she continued to fight. The officer called for assistance and the student was taken into custody. She was charged with assaulting a police officer. The officer sustained minor injuries. No other injuries reported and the police said no other students were involved.

The student was released to her parents.

Davenport North High School officials repeatedly declined to comment on the recent fighting incidents and Davenport Community School Superintendent Robert Kobylski has not responded to multiple requests for comment.

Some Davenport North students, however, did offer some perspective on the recent fights. Three students said fighting isn't unusual in schools.

But in the wake of Tuesday's incident, two other students said the fights have a \"different feel.\"

\"It's like there's these kids coming to school and they are so angry\u00a0\u2014 it feels like there are these angry kids and at any second something can start up,\" a 16-year-old student said. \"There's just so much anger. I don't know what it's all about and I try not to think about too much.\"

A 17-year-old student touched on the anger\u00a0\u2014 and offered her opinion of the source of the fighting.

\"Most of the students who go here are great kids. But there is an anger,\" the 17-year-old said. \"I think there's a group of students who do most of the fighting. There's something going on between them and then it starts.

\"One day there's a fight. And that starts something up and the next day there's another fight\u00a0\u2014 or someone trying to start a fight. It's like a cycle.\"

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MOLINE\u00a0\u2014 A federal official said Wednesday that the 33 current and former employees of Moline Osaka Steak House Sushi & Hibachi Inc. have received their $78,000 in back pay.

According to a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor, those workers have already received the $78,970 in back wages. That was done because federal officials had the information on those affected through the records used in the investigation.

The time frame of when employees were affected by those unpaid wages was a two-year window, from September 20, 2016, to September 19, 2018. The pay discrepancies were the result of violations of law dealing with minimum wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements, federal officials have said.

A U.S. Department of Labor spokesman said Wednesday that the agency does not reveal how their investigations begin, but added there are several ways an inquiry can begin.

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A Bettendorf man and his girlfriend are facing charges after Bettendorf police said he sent sexually explicit messages and images to three girls, ages 16, 14 and 11, between Nov. 23, 2018, and Sept. 1, 2019.

James Diamond Green, 35, of 3590 Manchester Dr., is charged with one count of exploitation of a minor and one count of enticing a minor. Both charges carry a prison sentence of 10 years.

Green also is charged with four counts of dissemination of obscene material to a minor, assault with the intent to commit sexual abuse, and child endangerment without injury. Each of those charges carries a prison sentence of up to two years.

April Dawn Benischek, 40, is charged with one count of child endangerment without injury.

According to the arrest affidavit, on about Sept. 1 Green began texting the 11-year-old girl, a relative of Benischek. Green told her to wear an outfit he had laid out for her, and to put on \"cute underwear\" and to do her hair and makeup. He told her to wait for him and offered to buy her two cats and a new phone if she complied.

He threatened to break the girl\u2019s phone and said they would not have Christmas if she did not.

The girl did not comply.

Green went into the victim\u2019s bedroom naked and got into bed with her at one point, putting his hand on her side.

The girl got out of the bed and locked herself in the bathroom with her phone and messaged and called other relatives to tell them what had happened.

According to the arrest affidavit, in November 2018, Green also sent photos of himself to a 16-year-old girl. Of the seven photos he sent, four had obscene material, including images of himself fully or partially nude.

Green also asked the girl to send him nude images of herself. During an interview with police Green admitted to asking the girl for nude images but told her to wait until she was 18 to do so.

Bond was set Friday for Green at $100,000 cash-only and $2,000 cash-only for Benischek. They have a preliminary hearing Oct. 25.\u00a0

Green was being held Thursday night in the Scott County Jail on a cash-only bond of $100,000.

Benischek also was being held Thursday night in the Scott County Jail on a cash-only bond of $5,000.

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The Rock Island, Rock Island Arsenal and Davenport fire departments searched the waters of the Mississippi River near the Centennial Bridge for someone who reportedly jumped from the railing.\u00a0

Davenport authorities were dispatched to the Centennial Bridge at 3:28 p.m., and began working with Rock Island and Arsenal authorities.\u00a0

The Rock Island Fire Department is the agency in charge of the case.\u00a0

The Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15 was at 17.38 feet at 5:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service, Davenport. Flood stage is 15 feet.\u00a0

The water temperature at at Rock Island was 54 degrees as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.\u00a0

This story will be updated.\u00a0

\n

Illinois bound traffic backs up as emergency responders gather on the Centennial Bridge for report of person in the Mississippi River.

\u2014 Linda Cook, reporter, Quad-City Times (@CookTimes) October 15, 2019\n
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Paraeducators aren\u2019t teachers, but they work alongside them in general and special education classes. The\u00a0five-page job description for Bettendorf Schools\u00a0describes a catch-all position: They help students with transportation, monitor halls, grade and correct work, read tests, reinforce concepts introduced by teachers, and change diapers.\u00a0

\u201cI left for a lot of reasons,\u201d Sarah Latimer said via Facebook Messenger. She worked at Mark Twain Elementary in Bettendorf until November. \u201cBut I can definitely say a lot of amazing paras have left due to the treatment of paras.\u201d\u00a0

A paraeducator \u2014 also known as a teacher\u2019s assistant or aide \u2014 is considered to be full-time in Bettendorf and many other districts if they work six hours per day. According to\u00a0personnel sheets submitted for school board approval, 93 paras have been hired, reassigned to another building, or had their hours change since June 2018. Seventy-three of them were given 5.75 hours per day for at least part of the time between then and now.

That\u2019s 15 minutes a day short of being full-time.

\u201cThey do keep you at 5.75 hours so you don\u2019t qualify for benefits,\u201d said Lindsey Fetterer via Facebook Messenger. She worked at Mark Twain Elementary from May through July. \u201cThey told me that in my interview, pretty much.\u201d\u00a0

Heather Stocking, the director of human resources for the district, responded to a request for a phone conversation with an email: \u201c5.75 is currently where we hire our paras in at.\u201d

Fetterer was able to get insurance through her husband, but said she was looking for other jobs because his insurance was so expensive. She left the district when her husband got a new job, and they moved.\u00a0

Yvonne Abbott, who left Bettendorf Middle School in July, said over Messenger that she left to get a job with medical benefits, but that she still subbed occasionally for the district.

There are 134 paras employed by Bettendorf Schools, according to the district. Ten of them are full-time, including five of the 28 at the high school, four of the 27 at the middle school and one of 17 at Mark Twain Elementary. The other four elementary schools and Thomas Edison have no full-time paras.\u00a0

Director Andrew Champion said at a\u00a0Sept. 16 board meeting\u00a0that the board had been asking for two years to talk about whether some of the para positions could become full-time.\u00a0

\u201cI continue to see that turnover in those positions,\u201d he said. \u201cThat\u2019s probably difficult to manage.\u201d\u00a0

\u201cWe used to have a number of full-time paras in the past,\u201d Superintendent Mike Raso said.\u201cWith the insurance piece that came a few years ago, we started to go more part-time.\u201d\u00a0

Under Obamacare, employers with more than 50 employees were required to provide health insurance for workers who work full-time, or 30 hours a week.\u00a0

He added that the district was looking to see if it was worthwhile to shift some positions to full-time, likely starting with level 3 special education paras. Stocking said there were 39 paras who spent at least part of the day in that setting.

\u201cThey\u2019re very difficult to find,\u201d Raso said.\u00a0

Turnover rates for paras are high in other districts, too. In Davenport, more than 30% of the 114 paras hired since June 2018 have left their positions, including reassignments within the district, according to\u00a0personnel sheets. The majority of the 426 paras employed by the district work six hours a day or more, though, the district said.\u00a0

Pleasant Valley, like Bettendorf, has few full-time paras: 14 out of 131.\u00a0

While there are more jobs with benefits in Davenport, the hourly pay is lower, ranging from $11.63 per hour to $17.40 per hour for those hired since June 2018. In Bettendorf, all of the paras hired in that time make between $16 and $17 an hour.\u00a0

There are\u00a0eight para positions advertised\u00a0in Bettendorf Schools, as of Monday.\u00a0

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