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Q1: Were can I find info on all the haunted hay rack rides, and haunted houses in the Quad-Cities and surrounding areas?

Q2: Will the Dispatch be publishing the results of the auction, sponsored by local retailers/builders?

Q3: Is there a "dog park" on the Illinois side where dogs can run loose in a fenced area? Please give directions.

A1: There's a pretty comprehensive list in our events calendar Select "holiday" in the "view by category" search. If anyone's aware of something missing, please let us know: Events submission form.

Here also is a story from The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus today.

A2: There was a list of final bids published in The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Winners have been or are being contacted. You can view the final bids on each item by going to the item in the listings at Auction Mania.

A3: Hass elroth Dog Park in Rock Island is the place you're looking for. It's at 28th Street and 78th Avenue West. From downtown Rock Island, take Ill. 92 south to Andalusia Road and turn left. The park will be on the right after three or so blocks.

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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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