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Take a drive through the countryside on a summer evening and you’ll look upon green fields of corn as far as the eye can see. That corn plays a vital role in the state’s economy and a typical grocery store has over 4,000 items listing corn as an ingredient.


On July 10, 13 new deacons will be ordained to serve the Archdiocese of Dubuque. Among them will be Cascade residents Daniel Kurt and Mark Otting. These men and their fellow deacons-in-training are nearing the end of a nine-semester-long formation, with the last semester about to begin this month.

Since the retirement of Terry Frasher on Dec. 24, the building that previously held his barbershop has stood empty. That is quickly changing, however, as a new barbershop, Runaway Cuts, is being set up by Faith Hazer in the building.

The Cascade City Council has officially awarded a contract to Eastern Iowa Excavating & Concrete, LLC for improvements on the 2nd Avenue water system.

Even after having a few weeks of training, the newly elected Jones County Auditor knows she still has a lot of learning left to do.

Since its founding in February 2019, the response Heather Weers and the Jones County Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace received has facilitated the start of a new chapter in Delaware County and further expansion in the towns the chapter is able to serve.

In 2020, Iowa farmers saw a slight increase in soybean production from the previous year, rising from 501,600 to 503,280 bushels per 1,000 acres according to the United States Department of Agriculture in their November forecast. Corn production, however, declined from 2,583,900 to 2,336,800…

A year that saw producers deal not only with weather concerns but also tariff and COVID-19 ramifications made 2020 a year grain producers may not soon forget.


The State of Iowa is receiving nearly $345 million in federal funds to help schools address COVID-19-related costs, $6.5 million of which will go to Dubuque Community Schools.

On Jan. 5, staff and residents of River Bend Retirement Community in Cascade were injected with their first round of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The process began early in the morning with preparation and paperwork.

A belief that middle school students should experience a wide variety of classes and activities has led to an assortment of different opportunities for students at Drexler Middle/Intermediate School.

Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and four aides helped make a marketing video for a Utah company that was awarded no-bid contracts for work on the coronavirus pandemic, a move that has raised allegations of favoritism and improper use of public resources.


Public health officials sounded the alarm for months, complaining that they did not have enough support or money to get COVID-19 vaccines quickly into arms. Now the slower-than-expected start to the largest vaccination effort in U.S. history is proving them right.

Roger Kurt is a lawyer with Kurt Law Office in Cascade and Dubuque. He was born on a farm in Cascade to Herb and Dotty Kurt.


Fidelity Bank and Trust’s annual Needy Tree received a particularly large amount of donations over the 2020 Christmas season. This charity event is run through the bank by Resources Unite and derives its name from the tree in the bank with names of needy children that are taken by donors. Do…


The U.S. could soon be giving at least a million COVID-19 vaccinations a day despite the sluggish start, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, even as he warned of a dangerous next few weeks as the coronavirus surges.


As the first doses of vaccines for health care workers roll out, Jones County also received a massive shipment of personal protective equipment for use at long-term care facilities.


Despite growing vaccine access, January is looking grim around the globe as the coronavirus resurges and reshapes itself from Britain to Japan to California, filling hospitals and threatening livelihoods anew as governments lock down businesses and race to find solutions.

Dubuque County supervisors approved a resolution Dec. 28 to allocate $22,000 for area historical societies — six months after they usually would have received the funding.


Five old limestone gravestones have recently been restored at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cascade. These stones mark the burial sites of members of the May family who died in 1874 and their restoration was arranged by Gene Manternach, a distant relation who felt a connection while researching his…

After citing the need for an additional police officer for quite some time, the City of Cascade hired Brad Staner as Cascade’s newest protector.

At the Dec. 14 Western Dubuque School Board meeting, Bob Hingtgen, of the District Transportation, Building and Grounds Department, updated the board on district facilities.

After 26 years serving Jones County as auditor, Janine Sulzner is retiring from her position after not seeking reelection.


Coronavirus vaccinations began this week in Iowa's nursing homes and officials said today that, although it will take weeks to complete, the vaccination drive gives hope to the isolated residents that they can resume contact with their families.

Students at Cascade Elementary get festive with Christmas sweaters. From left, Ms. McElmeel, Addison Curoe, Ella Green, Caydence Valentine, Morgan Johnson, Sophie Adams, Kira Porter, Reese Falaris, McKenna Harris, Alexus McCormick, Chloe Schlemme, Carter Conter, Finley Casey, Sadler Bergfeld…