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My wife and I were in Cascade to spend Christmas with the Steve and Candy Bradley family. Tuesday afternoon I went to Casey’s for some gas. As I approached the door to Casey’s a mother and her daughter, who appeared to be about 3-years-old, were waiting for me to arrive. The little girl held…

I glanced up as the bells rang to herald new customers walking into the used clothing store. I was looking for a pair of warm dress pants. Visiting my parents in Minnesota, I had forgotten entirely about the possibility of extreme cold and the idea of going out that night in tights and a ski…

This is the time of the year when my psyche, after being worn down by the headaches, the hatred and the heartache around us, gets a much-needed pick-me-up from those wonderful news reports of secret Santas, free holiday dinners for the less fortunate, and communities banding together to help…

Ten years ago this month, Sen. Mary Landrieu and I founded the bipartisan Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. We launched this caucus a decade ago to give voice to the thousands of young people in America who deserved a platform to break the silence on the challenges and success stories of foster…

The Heart and Soul Core Committee has received numerous comments and ideas from interviews, surveys and workshops we have held. We compiled this information and developed seven statements that were previously shared in the Pioneer. The statements summarized what you value about Cascade. Also…

The Heart and Soul Core Committee has received numerous comments and ideas from interviews, surveys and workshops we have held. We compiled this information and developed seven statements that were previously shared in the Pioneer. The statements summarized what you value about Cascade. Also…

Mark Cady was right at home at the piano and was an occasional singer, too, maybe best known among family and friends for his rendition of “Easter Parade” each New Year’s Eve — a whimsical tidbit that widened the eyes of some people at his funeral last week.

The Heart and Soul Core Committee has received numerous comments and ideas from interviews, surveys and workshops we have held. We compiled this information and developed seven statements that were shared last week. These statements summarized what you value about Cascade. Also, during our i…

“I like the “edge season” my husband, Peter, said, as we watched the moon rise over the mountains and felt a chill breeze rise with it. As far as I know, Peter invented this expression. He might have meant the “season’s end,” but I like the idea of the “season’s edge” better.

My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home.

Thank you to all who shared their time and ideas during the first two Phases of the Cascade Heart and Soul process. During the past one-and-a-half years we have heard from many of you, and for that, we are extremely grateful.

For years I’ve lived by the mantra “Sleep is for the weak.” If there is a sporting event, concert, play or any other entertainment option that looks like it shouldn’t be missed, I try not to miss it. It has always made sense to me that a few hours on the road to and from whatever was going o…

I recently had the opportunity”to go shopping with my wife and some friends. We were in Saugatuck, Mich., for a long weekend, and since it was raining, we were limited in the number of activities from which we had to choose. So, our wives suggested we head to Holland to shop, knowing that th…

Residents of Jones County and surrounding areas are fortunate to have convenient access to Jones Regional Medical Center for lab tests, exams performed by specialists, a full range of therapies and scheduled surgeries. The hospital has the latest diagnostic tools often eliminating the need t…

My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky, but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in their own way.

I have been sputtering like an old pickup truck for the past three years over the sometimes outrageous, sometimes ill-informed, and often infuriating comments our president makes each day on his Twitter account.

The next few weeks will be full of opportunities to meet the candidates for local elected offices such as city council and school boards, leading up to the Nov. 5 elections. In addition to questions about city budgets or school policies, voters should ask candidates about what it means to ha…

My parents live in a cabin deep in the north woods. I know this sounds like the start of a fairytale. Sometimes it seems a bit like one.

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…