On behalf of all of the justices of the Iowa Supreme Court, I would like to thank the Muscatine community for the warm welcome we received during our visit to hold court in the Muscatine High School auditorium on the evening of September 10th. We were pleased so many people attended the court session and are very appreciative of everything Principal Terry Hogenson and his staff, especially Jeff Heid, Jeff Miller, Doreen Borde, and Lori Dusenberry, did to make the evening run so smoothly.
After the oral arguments, we had the opportunity to meet many Muscatine residents during a public reception in the Big M Commons. The individual conversations were enjoyable and enlightening. We all enjoyed the wonderful cookies and fruit plates prepared by students of the Muscatine Community College Culinary Arts Academy.
I arrived in Muscatine early Tuesday afternoon and was honored to speak at the rededication of the newly renovated Muscatine County Courthouse third floor courtroom. Nearly the entire supreme court attended the rededication, and we all agreed that the courtroom is a beautiful addition to our state’s court system.
Tuesday morning, Justice Susan Christensen enjoyed her time with students at McKinley Elementary School, and Tuesday afternoon, Justice Edward Mansfield visited Louisa-Muscatine High School, Justice David Wiggins visited Washington High School, and Justice Brent Appel visited Columbus High School.
Wednesday morning, several of us enjoyed a scenic run along the Mississippi river trail before heading out to visit more nearby schools. Justice Thomas Waterman visited Wilton High School, Justice Christensen went to West Liberty High School for her second school visit of the trip, and I had the pleasure of meeting with students at Muscatine High School. We talked with students about our responsibilities on the supreme court, the Iowa court system, and answered the many questions they had about the judicial branch of government. All of us found the students to be very engaged and interested in the law.
The court is very grateful for the contributions of Judge Thomas Reidel, the Muscatine County Bar Association, and bar association members Alan Ostergren, Brandy Olson, Will Mathis, Kale Knisley, and Esther Dean for planning the event and sponsoring the reception. Additionally, the court thanks the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department and the Muscatine Police Department for providing security. Everyone was so helpful and welcoming. You are fortunate to live in such a hospitable community, and our visit will long be remembered by the members of the court.