What’s Happening at the Muscatine Art Center?

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If you have never set foot in the wonderful Muscatine Art Center, then you are in for a treat! Whether you grew up in Muscatine or are new to the area, you have probably driven past the Art Center, which is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue, many times.

We would encourage you to step back in history and explore the Musser Museum part of the Art Center, which was once home to Laura Musser. Following Laura’s 1964 death, in 1965, the home was gifted to the City of Muscatine by her heirs. It was to be used as a memorial art gallery and museum.  More information about Laura Musser and the Art Center’s history can be found on the Muscatine Art Center’s website.

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Today, the mansion’s 11 rooms host important collections of paintings, sculpture, Oriental carpets, and decorative arts. The adjoining Stanley Gallery hosts national, traveling art exhibitions.


This year, the Muscatine Art Center celebrated its 50th anniversary with an exhibit entitled Celebrating 50 Years of Art & Local History: Musser Museum Anniversary Exhibition. On display were pieces from Laura Musser’s collection, including her wedding dress. This exhibit runs until Sunday, January 3, 2016.

The next exhibit that will be displayed in the Stanley Gallery from January 23 through May 8, 2016 will be Framed: Step into Art™, which was created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum.

Hours for the Muscatine Art Center: 

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday – 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday – 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

*Closed on Friday, January 1, 2016 for New Year’s Day*

Not only does the Art Center feature exhibits, but they host a number of family events throughout the year. Be sure to “Like” their Facebook page to see regular updates of special events.

The next family event will be held on Thursday, December 31. It will be a Noon Year’s Eve celebration! Check out the information below.

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Muscatine Police Department Receives CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation for Sixth Time!

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The Muscatine Police Department is pleased to announce that they were awarded the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) Law Enforcement Accreditation for the sixth time. CALEA Accreditation serves as the International Gold Standard for Public Safety Agencies.

According to CALEA, “the process of CALEA Accreditation begins with a rigorous self-assessment, requiring a review of policies, practices and processes against internationally accepted public safety standards. This is followed with an assessment by independent assessors with significant public safety experience.”

In addition to the self-assessment and formal assessment, public feedback is gathered. This is done to promote community trust and engagement. Structured interviews are also included in the assessment process.

The final decision whether to accredit is made by a governing body of twenty-one Commissioners following a public hearing and review of all reporting documentation. If awarded, the award may remain in effect for four years.

The Muscatine Police Department takes the accreditation process seriously. Not only is receiving the award a great professional accomplishment, but maintaining CALEA standards encourages excellence within the department.

Assessors were in Muscatine for the accreditation process back in July. Check out the first blog post about the Muscatine Police Department that briefly describes the accreditation process.

Congratulations, Muscatine Police Department!


Holiday Fire Safety Tips from the Muscatine Fire Department

For many of us, the holidays mean fulfilling long to-do lists, gathering with friends and family, and attending parties and concerts. There are so many things to think about that remembering fire safety may not be high on your list. The Muscatine Fire Department is here to help by providing some quick tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season!
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Holiday Fire Safety Tips:

1. Make sure all smoke detectors in your residence are in working order. Making sure they have new batteries and the detectors are tested regularly will help ensure they are in working order. Most detectors that are over 10 years old need to be replaced.

2. With the weather getting colder, make sure you know the risks of using a space heater. Maintain a clear area around the heater. Be sure to keep space heaters away from areas where items may fall on or around. A good rule of thumb is to have everything 3 feet away from space heaters in all directions.

3. The kitchen is where families gather to cook holiday meals and connect with each other during the holidays. Unfortunately, it’s also where two of every five reported home fires start. Make sure to keep all children away from cooking hardware. It is also a good idea to know how to take care of a grease fire if you were to encounter one. DO NOT USE WATER. Keep the lid closed and place in back to smother the fire, or you can use an appropriate extinguisher. Do not cook a frozen turkey before thawing and never leave hot cooking hardware unattended. Cooking is the #1 cause of fires, both in Muscatine and nationally.

4. While decorative lights and other electrical decorations add to the splendor of the season, they can increase the risks of fire and electrical injuries if not used safely. Make sure to follow all manufacturer recommendations given for proper extension cord use. Be careful not to overload circuits with too many holiday decorations.


5. Christmas trees are not a common cause of fires but can be very hazardous. Please keep heat sources away from trees. Make sure all lights are free from breaks in the outer casing. Be sure to shut off all decorations before leaving the residence or going to bed. Always make sure the base of the tree is filled with water. When the tree starts to shed its needles regularly, it is time to say goodbye to that tree.

6. Chimney safety is often overlooked! Soot can harden on chimney walls as flammable creosote, so before the fireplace season begins, have your chimney inspected to see if it needs cleaning. Screen the fireplace to prevent embers from popping out onto the floor or carpet, and never use flammable liquids to start a fire in the fireplace. Only burn seasoned wood — no wrapping paper.

7. Having extra family members staying with you is a good time to go over a plan to have everyone exit the house in case of an emergency. Everyone needs to know the route to exit; be sure to have a good/safe meeting place. Also, make sure everyone knows the address in case an emergency happens – the first question the 911 dispatcher will ask is the address of the emergency!

For more Fire Safety Tips, check out these videos:

Visit this website for additional fire safety tips and coloring pages for children!

Snow Emergency Information

Snow Emergency Information

With the season soon changing from fall into winter, we are taking the necessary measures to prepare for more upcoming snow. The City takes your safety seriously, which is why we care about properly clearing the roads. We appreciate your consideration and understanding when a Snow Emergency goes into effect. Your help with moving vehicles to the correct side of the street helps us to more efficiently clear them.

The following is from the City of Muscatine Code. It explains the parking regulations that go into place during a declared Snow Emergency.

Title 7 – Chapter 6 – Snow Emergency Regulations – “Alternate Side of Street” Parking During a Snow Emergency 

During a snow emergency, streets that normally permit parking on both sides of the street will be subject to “alternate side of the street” parking. On odd-numbered days of the month, parking is permitted only on the odd-numbered side of the street. Likewise, parking is permitted only on the even-numbered side of the street on even-numbered days.

On all streets where parking is allowed on one side only, if the permitted side (where parking is allowed) is even numbered, vehicles can park on
that side only on even-numbered days. If the permitted side (where parking is allowed) is odd-numbered, vehicles can park on that side only on odd-numbered days. No parking is ever allowed on the side of the street where parking is prohibited by posted sign.

The transition time between the first and second day of a snow emergency is from 12 midnight until 8:00 a.m. Enforcement of the second snow
emergency day does not begin until 8:00 a.m.

Downtown Central Business District (bounded by Mulberry, Third, Mississippi Drive and Pine Streets) is not affected by these new parking rules.

Penalty – Vehicles in violation of these snow emergency regulations may be ticketed and towed. The ticket fee shall be in the amount of $35.00 per
violation and the owner of the vehicle shall also be responsible for applicable towing and storage fees.


We hope this information is helpful for understanding where parking is allowed during a Snow Emergency.


Click here for more information about Snow and Ice Control in the City of Muscatine.

To find out if a Snow Emergency has been declared:

Again, we thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to keep Muscatine’s roads safe during a Snow Emergency!