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What we have witnessed in this country with the COVID-19 virus has been unprecedented. Schools, churches and businesses have been shuttered. Americans have been asked to change almost all aspects of their lives to help prevent a spike in the virus. Remember the best of how Americans behaved …

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As we all continue to navigate these uncharted waters, dealing with the effects of the novel coronavirus outbreak and spread, I want to briefly share the steps we are taking to keep our employee owners safe, our readers informed and to get out our advertisers’ messages.

January 2020 marked the third anniversary of my launch of Iowa’s Achieving a Better Life Experience plan (IAble), Iowa’s very own ABLE program. IAble helps individuals with disabilities and their families save for qualified expenses while also protecting their eligibility for federal benefit…

I’ll just get this out there right away: my wife Aggie will not like this column. She isn’t one who likes attention on her. But it’s Valentine’s Day and I’m sitting at my computer thinking about her.

Forgive me, but I think some government officials forget they work for the people of Iowa, or maybe they just don’t want the public asking too many questions, especially if those questions could be embarrassing.

The other day, I took a few minutes to watch our District video on our website (Here is the link to the video: https://youtu.be/3oO08rsnfBA). I love this video and I always feel a great deal of pride each time I watch it. This time, the video reminded me of something that happened to me a fe…

One of the most dangerous driving conditions is having streets glazed with ice from weather events. Cascade had several days of icy streets last week, making dangerous conditions for drivers and people walking.

The Dubuque County Energy District was formed in 2017 to advance and implement energy saving programs in residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural applications. We envision 100% sustainable, efficient and/or renewable energy by 2050. Our mission is to implement the vision through …

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…