Community Scoop History
The idea of a locally produced newsletter or paper was precipitated by the closing of the Press Gazette published by the DeWitt Observer.
After an evening of “brain storming” around Velma Rutenbeck’s kitchen table, the concept of a weekly news and ad publication was conceived. The newly named Community Scoop staff was: Betty Niebuhr, Karen Bright Alitz, Duane Rutenbeck, Sara Bicknese, Karen Propst and Paul Skelley.
The first edition was produced and mailed February 5, 1986, and consisted of five pages that had been put together and photocopied at the Lost Nation-Elwood Telephone Co.and sent to all local post office patrons. The circulation soon expanded and it became necessary to hire the photocopying done by Tri State Graphics of Maquoketa.
Six ladies were recruited to gather news and ads every Monday morning. Volunteers met on Wednesday to fold and prepare the paper for mailing.
The Scoop is mailed free of charge to all on the local mailing list, and also to a number of customers of local businesses from adjoining communities. Anyone living in other parts of the state and country wishing to be on the mailing list are asked to make a contribution to cover the cost of printing and mailing.
February 5, 2012, started the 26th year of service to this community without a single week of interruption. With the continued efforts of the volunteers, the advertisers, and other interested readers, the Community Scoop will survive for many more years.
(Written by Duane Rutenbeck in the 1997 Lost Nation Quasquicentennial book.)
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