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Karen Dahlstrom

Karen and her husband Neil live in Moline with their 11-year-old son, Grant. The Dahlstroms are active Quad Citizens and enjoy all the area has to offer (especially hiking, biking, eating and sports!). Karen loves connecting with other women and swapping stories about parenting, friendships and life. She's a mentor with Lead(h)er and is also an active volunteer with the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women movement and the John Deere Classic.
Channel Cat Water Taxi

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Bass Street Landing Moline, IL

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But don’t you wish you had a sibling? Perspectives from an only child.

Full disclosure: I’m an only child raising an only child, so I know no other way. But, I know that having (or being) an only child still carries negative stereotypes of being bossy, lonely,...
Lessons learned in 2020

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Like many people, I wasn't sad to see 2020 in the rearview mirror. Now that 2021 has arrived, though, I find myself continuing to reflect on the year that passed and lessons learned. So,...
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