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I recently read a press release from Senator Joni Ernst, “Don’t mess with the WOTUS Rule” (Jan. 27, 2021). The gist of the release is Ernst desires to not have the WOTUS rules reinstated after President Donald Trump relinquished implementation for most of the WOTUS rules. The WOTUS rules imp…

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Governor Reynolds is currently rushing through “School Choice” legislation that will irreparably damage public education in Iowa. Governor Reynolds and senators pushing SF159 would like you to believe that it will improve options for parents, but it harms public schools especially those in r…

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During troubling times, heroes arise. My family has to look no further than the teachers and staff at Saint Francis Xavier Elementary and Beckman Catholic High School. They have given our three daughters the opportunity to go to the classroom five days a week to guide them in their journey. …

When I was 16, some of my buddies called me up to go coon hunting. It was dark and raining. And, too lazy to tromp through the timbers, I suggested we look through some of the neighbors' barns. Because I was the only one with a driver's license, I knew that I had to drive. I also knew

In blacksmithing, if you want to make a mediocre tool into a good one, you must temper it. To do this, the business end of the tool must be heated up, and as it cools, color bands will pass through the metal. When the right color presents itself, you quench the tool in water. This process ma…

When I was a child, I thought Christmas would never come. The weeks dragged by while I wore out the toy sections of the Sears and Penny's catalogs hoping Santa might stop by. I always looked for Santa Claus and tried to stay awake on Christmas Eve just to catch a glimpse of the jolly big guy…

What a great job our county Auditor and her staff have done during this crazy election year. Since 1994, Janine Sulzner has been an exceptional leader in county government. Professional, prepared and transparent, she works hard to make sure all voters in Jones County have a voice in governme…

So many life events and celebrations, from graduations to birthdays and weddings, have been impacted by the pandemic. Earlier this year, when schools shut down and entire sectors of the economy closed to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, it also put the brakes on routine screenin…

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Dave Baker was elected as Dubuque County Supervisor in 2016 and he has served as chairperson for the past two years. No one had a crystal ball to see the COVID-19 pandemic, but Baker has provided solid leadership during this unprecedented time. He pushed hard for increased COVID-19 testing i…

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Iowa Workforce Development has been going through a significant transition period under the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA). Current Regions 1, 2 and 7 have voluntarily formed a new 20-county entity, the Northeast Iowa Workforce Area. Dubuque County was formerly part of Region 1.

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This is for all for all my Democratic Trump supporter friends. Two years ago, Andy McKean ran as a Republican and was swept into office on the coattails of Donald Trump. A year into his second term, McKean put on a full-scale showboat press conference declaring his disdain for President Trum…

Please consider voting for my good friend Andy McKean. Let me suggest why I believe he is the right choice in these uncertain times. Andy has dedicated most of his adult life to public service at the State, County and local level.

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As a local minister, I support Andy McKean. After serving for years and taking some time off, he came back, because he wants to serve the people. Andy has a passion for the communities that he serves and truly cares for all. I can’t count the number of times he is sharing on his social media…

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I’m writing this unsolicited letter in support of the re-election of Andy McKean to the Iowa House of Representatives. After watching the devolution of politics in Iowa and the nation, I wish to express my respect and admiration for your state representative, Andy McKean.

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I serve as a (volunteer) member of the Dubuque County Compensation Board. The compensation board is comprised of appointees from Dubuque County’s elected officials (treasurer, recorder, auditor, attorney, sheriff and supervisors). Each elected official appoints one member to the board. The m…

As an Independent, I vote for the candidate rather than the party. Andy McKean has earned my vote as a Republican and as a Democrat. I know Andy and I know him to be one of those rare people who will not stray from his core beliefs and that he believes in the people of Iowa and Jones County.…

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I have had the pleasure of working with John for the past three years on the school board. John is a very kind and patient person who strives to take the time to listen and consider all sides of what is being discussed.

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Over the last five years, I have had the pleasure of working very closely with John Schlarmann while he served as a member of the Monticello Community School Board. His experience as a board member, and now as the board president, has allowed his leadership skills to shine. In his time as a …

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We have voted for Andy McKean ever since he first ran for public office because we trust him. We trust that his decisions are made with careful thought and consideration for the constituents of his home area. We trust that he stays current with his knowledge of and concerns for the electorat…

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Iowans have options about how we choose to vote. We can cast an absentee ballot from the comfort of our home, in-person at the county auditor’s office, or vote at the polls on Election Day. All three methods are safe and secure. Whichever method you choose, it’s important to have a voting plan.

Jay Wickham once again got caught trying to run the county by himself. Dubuque County has an elected county attorney to assist the board in legal matters. Bad enough Wickham went to outside counsel, but when his sister works there, that's "nepotism." Wickham is an elected official, entrusted…

During the past two years of surveys, interviews and social gatherings Cascade Heart & Soul has accumulated an extraordinary amount of suggestions to make Cascade an even better place to live, work and raise a family. Some of these ideas are currently being implemented while others invol…

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Representative Andy McKean has been a great voice for rural counties in the Iowa Legislature. The Iowa Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program is one that Andy fought for and benefits all of us with outdoor recreational opportunities, soil and water enhancement and historical reso…

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Full disclosure first. I have known the candidate for over 30 years. In fact, when Andy McKean was running his first campaign, on a shoestring with a beat-up little pickup that was always a quart low, he slept on our couch several times.

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Long days and pleasant nights to you, friends. My name is Daniel Charland and I am a new reporter/photographer with the Cascade Pioneer, Dyersville Commercial and Manchester Press. The year 2020 has been an interesting time to graduate college and enter the workforce, and I’m grateful for th…

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I am writing this letter to encourage voters to support Wayne Manternach in the upcoming election for Jones County Supervisor.

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What qualifications and traits should be considered by citizens when voting for their state representative — the office that most specifically represents us for state or national government policy? I feel that the candidate’s character, record of service, knowledge of issues and experience a…

Theresa Greenfield continues to ignore rural Iowans in favor of the wealthy out-of-state liberals who bankroll her campaign. Greenfield hasn’t visited almost half of Iowa’s counties and that includes Jones County. That’s right. She has never even been to Jones County. How can she claim she’s…

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Andy McKean has played many roles in our lives over the years we have known him. When we needed legal assistance, he listened to our needs while asking questions to fully understand the situation. After careful consideration, he would offer the guidance and service that we found to be very helpful.

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of folks were throwing the words patience and grace around. I’ve been thinking a bit lately about grace. While there are several definitions of the word, the one that sticks with me right at the moment is “courteous goodwill.”

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I am writing this letter to the editor in support of the re-election of Wayne Manternach, Jones County Supervisor, District 1. To me, local elections are all about the person. They are individuals who are my neighbors or live in the same community, and I trust to represent me. Their characte…

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I am writing to express my support for Representative Andy McKean (House District 58) in the upcoming election. Andy is approachable, responsive to e-mail and open to personal conversation.