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Like almost everything else, area county fairs have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. And while decisions to cancel musical acts and midway attractions were made, representatives of the Delaware County Fair and the Great Jones County Fair deserve credit for keeping the youth of their c…

As I so often do when the world seems to unravel, I think of songs that may help me respond to what the heck is going on. And with the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests calling for justice and reform, the song that sticks most in my head these days is Townes Van Zandt’s “To…

There’s a quiz today. How would the tragic death of George Floyd have been perceived if the encounter occurred on a deserted side street in the middle of the night, rather than on a busy street in a business area in broad daylight?

In the past, journalists in the USA have been able to safely perform their work, as domestic acts of violence against them were a rare occurrence. However, during the recent protests, we’ve seen journalists attacked on Main Streets across America.

This summer, I have received the amazing opportunity of becoming a reporter intern for the Dyersville Commercial, Manchester Press and Cascade Pioneer. As a Manchester local, I have spent many years enjoying the communities in this area, and I am excited to learn even more about Eastern Iowa.

With Governor Kim Reynolds loosening restrictions on all 99 counties last week, we expect Iowans to come out and take advantage of the governor’s decree. No doubt we will see Iowans in hair and nail salons, gymnasiums, retail stores and restaurants.

I want to share the story of essential healthcare workers who are directly supporting citizens both young and old with intellectual and developmental disabilities during this crisis. They are a frontline, essential workforce that should no longer be invisible and cannot be forgotten.

Jones County Supervisor Wayne Manternach is an ethical and compassionate leader with an exceptional work ethic. He chairs the nine-county Mental Health Regional Governing Board of the East Central Region which is the largest region in the state including Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, D…

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I met Wayne Manternach in 2008 when he walked into the Jones County Secondary Roads office to keep an appointment with the county engineer. I was the office secretary at the time. Wayne was preparing to run for the first time for District 1 Supervisor. He had scheduled a meeting with the cou…

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With restrictions on some Iowa business establishments relaxed, and a promise to look at reexamining other restrictions for businesses in mid-May, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has sent a clear message to Iowans.

There is an important election upon us. No, it is not the presidential election, it's an election much closer to home. It's an election for the Jones County Board of Supervisors. On June 2, Jeff Swisher’s name will be on the ballot for a seat on the Jones County Board of Supervisors.

As Chairperson of the Jones County Board of Health, it is with great pleasure that I endorse Wayne Manternach as Jones County Supervisor. Wayne brings a commitment to creating solutions and a passion for innovation through team collaboration.

Social distancing is tough for most of us. We love gathering at ballgames, movies, theatres, restaurants, churches and with family. Seeing our neighbors and friends in the local grocery or chatting at the post office is a normalcy of life, was a normalcy of life. The new normal is shocking. …

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If there is a way to get things done, Iowa educators find a way to do it. For proof, just look at what the districts in our coverage areas are doing to deliver instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On a March weekend my wife and I began to reclaim our library. I was going to begin working from home and I needed a dedicated work area that would serve as my new newspaper office.

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Imagine having something that consumes your life, something that you hold near and dear to your heart taken away. As of March 12, that happened to me. The COVID-19 pandemic ripped sports out of my life, and now I don’t know what to do.

If we’ve learned anything about COVID-19 the past few weeks, it’s that the virus is making us change many aspects of our daily lives, including the way businesses are currently operating. Small business owners are the backbone of our communities. Several of our communities have begun campaig…

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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 …