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With apologies to the writers of the television show “Mission Impossible,” I’ve taken the line used near the beginning of every episode for my column title.

“The septic guy can’t find the cover, call him,” was the message. I’ve been getting a lot of messages like this since I decided to put my 100-plus-year-old farmhouse up for sale.

The NCAA has a problem on its hands with college football. The inmates are running the asylum. Or in this case, the Tigers and Longhorns. I give you as examples the following events that occurred before, during and after LSU’s 45-38 win over Texas in Austin Sept. 7.

When I woke up to find out that Happy Joe’s had had a fire, I was filled with a rush of memories — as I’m sure many Cascade residents and former residents experienced. These may seem inconsequential, but here are some memories that I have from Happy Joes in no particular order.

The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) was created to provide a free, efficient way for Iowans to receive information and resolve complaints related to Iowa Code chapters 21 and 22, Iowa’s open meetings and public records laws.

Dubuque has been adding murals around its city. It has now been named one of the best on Parade magazine’s “Murals Across America.” Elkader, which is smaller than Cascade, has artists paint murals on businesses in an alley that runs through downtown. Maquoketa is now getting into the act of …

Hello. My name is Luke Maiers and I am a new reporter/photographer with the Dyersville Commercial, Manchester Press and Cascade Pioneer. I will be based out of Dyersville, but will cover the happenings that will take place in the communities surrounding.

How many more will it take? How many more mass shootings? How many more bodies will need to pile up — in the aisles of retail stores, in churches, in the classrooms and corridors of schools, in offices, in movie theaters, in nightclubs? How many more times must this happen before our leaders…

National Night Out is being celebrated in Cascade Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Riverview Park. I hope you have plans to attend and join in this community-building event. Many of our local businesses and organizations are putting a lot of effort into making this family-friendly evening …

Drug addiction and abuse are now being considered the largest man-made health crisis ever in recorded history. Since the late 1990s, the drug crisis has surged forward, leaving epic devastation in its wake. Now, more than ever, it’s important that literally, everyone out there knows how to s…

If you’ve been on social media lately you can’t help but see photos of people you know who have aged considerably. It’s done with an app (that’s short for application for you non-tech types) called Face App. Apparently, you can take a photo of yourself and the app ages you.

This past week, my parents celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and I stood in front of the greeting card rack for a very long time.

As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I'm reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just as important today.

A couple of court cases involving the U.S. government and illegal aliens have garnered a great deal of my attention the last couple weeks. What has come out of those cases is nothing short of incredulous, given the principles this nation was founded upon.

I’ve got a good friend, Ayo, who told me, “Don’t use your head to break a coconut.”

I started The Postscript exactly one year ago. I am more than a little superstitious when it comes to numbers. When I wrote the first draft of my memoir, Blue Yarn, I had an even number of chapters in all three sections. This was probably tidier than necessary, but maybe not terribly unusual…

Spring came late and so, appropriately, did the annual deep cleaning of the refrigerator.

I’ve been known to purchase an occasional lottery ticket when the jackpot has reached exorbitant levels. I’ve said an extra prayer here and there when I’ve fallen short and perhaps needed a bit more forgiveness from the Almighty. I’ve even clamped down and made sure extra money went into our…

I am proud to be the sponsor of HSB 134, legislation designed to assist families in crisis (homelessness, sudden illness, unemployment, depression, deployment, domestic abuse/substance abuse treatment, incarceration, etc.) without strong family or community support to find a temporary placem…

As I write this, our community is reaching the end of a weekend that was widely predicted to contain a severe winter weather event. Even at my age, the words “snow day” spark feelings of excitement. This sentiment likely stems from school days, where the implications of such a declaration we…