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The Putnam Museum in Davenport has exhibits related to archives, regional history, anthropology and natural science.

For the next installment of her off-limits places series, Quad-City Times columnist Barb Ickes takes readers to the basement of the Putnam museum, where thousands of other artifacts are in storage.

Two photos, side-by-side, show wear from weather and time when compared to an earlier photo.
submitted / RICO Civil War Soldiers Monument Committee

Two local companies are helping raise money to restore Rock Island County's Civil War Soldiers Monument. Lewis Machine and Tool, in Milan, donated a rifle to the effort. And during this weekend's auction at The Rock Island Auction Company, the monument committee will sell raffle tickets to win the gun, which is worth nearly $3,000.

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After three years of construction, Genesis Health System has begun using the new addition to its east campus in Davenport. Employees began touring the 150 million dollar, 7-story tower, on Thursday. 

Graphic image with blue oval on black background lists tips to prevent car theft.
Screenshot from Davenport Police Department "Lock It Up" Video / Davenport Police Department

A month ago, police asked Quad Cities residents to lock their cars and take their keys. But it didn't work. Since the beginning of this year, the Davenport Police Department is averaging two to three stolen cars per day.

Schools, health clinics and social services have some new money to spend.

A large nest holds three eaglets that look like a mass of dark gray and light gray feathers in the middle.
Screenshot from http://www.arconic.com/global/en/who-we-are/eagle-cam.asp / Arconic EagleCam

The votes are in, and the names of the eaglets hatched this year in Riverdale are Apollo, Gemini, and Mercury. Parents, Liberty and Justice, are raising the three in their nest at Arconic's Davenport Works.

Spokesman John Riches says Apollo, Gemini and Mercury are names from the US space program. And all those missions used aluminum produced at the Davenport factory.

A month before Jennifer Lewis was killed, Stanley Liggins was arrested for sexually abusing another nine-year-old girl.

This victim, now in her 30s, shares her story of what happened to her that day.

Zion Lutheran Church

Inspired by the response of fellow Lutherans to a tornado last year in the Quad Cities, a church in Hampton will host a day of disaster training on Saturday. 

Courtesy of the Quad-City Times

For this week's Big Story, Quad-City Times reporter Deirdre Baker looked at the impact of WWI on the Quad Cities — from local soldiers who served in the war, to discrimination against German residents. 

Aerial map with yellow arrows shows drivers where to go on 3rd Avenue and 13th Street, then turn right into a driveway, and through a garage.
Rock Island County Sheriff's Facebook page / Rock Island County Sheriff

It's a good time to clean out your medicine cabinet. On Saturday from 10:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M., the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold its annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Michelle O'Neill reports in the Quad Cities, expired or un-used pills and patches may be dropped off at the Rock Island County Sheriff's garage, and Silvis and Milan police departments.

Assistant US Attorney Patrick Reinert, from the Northern District of Iowa, says the proper disposal of left over prescription drugs helps families and the community. It protects family members from accidental poisoning and drug abuse, protects the environment, and prevents them from being stolen. "Last year, the DEA collected about 4 tons, and it's estimated about 10% are opioids. That's a lot of opioids we've taken out of our communities."  

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