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I am not sure what I expected our country to look like in 2021, but I certainly did not expect it to be so fractured and bogged down in hate. My oldest son was a year old on Sept. 11, 2001. The wave of patriotism following that day gave me hope for the America that my kids would inherit.

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While I am always encouraging families and loved ones to save for the children in their lives no matter the time of the year, September is especially noteworthy as it is College Savings Month. With many children back in school, it serves as a great time to remind the community how important …

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Like so many residents of Jones County, I was very excited in late June when the COVID-19 vaccine became available to everyone above the age of 12. Herd immunity would soon be reached and we all could rest easy that the end of the pandemic was near. But then, something strange happened. The …

I met my former mother-in-law, “Mama Lou,” and my former father-in-law, “Poppo,” when I was not yet 20 years old. I hitched a ride to meet them, terrified because I’d spoken to my future mother-in-law on the phone and she sounded exactly like Lauren Bacall.

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As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal. Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person. Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy, and we…

The Cascade Public Library has been a tremendous partner to Cascade Elementary School. As we all know, there are certain pillars to every great community that make a community a wonderful place to live and work. Schools and community resources are two of those pillars. Through Melissa Kane, …

With the recent disclosure that the Board of Directors of Shady Rest Care Center has decided to sell the nursing home (NF) to an undisclosed purchaser, the shareholders and community have many questions. Shady Rest has provided exemplary service to the community and surrounding area for deca…

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I’m happy to have received the opportunity to join the Dyersville Commercial, Manchester Press and Cascade Pioneer as a reporter intern for the summer. I’m from Lake in the Hills, Ill., about the halfway point between Rockford and Chicago. I’m excited to get out and interact with the communi…

I just learned that my ex-husband has remarried. I learned this as we learn about all important life milestones these days — on Facebook.

With the recent injection of public and private funds, downtown Cascade has witnessed a noticeable uptick in economic activity. The Cascade City Council could continue the momentum by building the new library in downtown Cascade in the half-block from River View Park west to Buchanan street.…

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After two Anamosa prison workers were killed by inmates, several lawmakers toured the facility. They urged Iowa’s Republican lawmakers, who hold a majority in both the House and Senate, to add hundreds of corrections officers and staff, restore collective bargaining rights and allocate fundi…

May is motorcycle safety awareness month and I’ve noticed some motorcycles out. As it gets warmer there will be more bikers out enjoying a ride. Please be sure to look twice.

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The end is in sight, but we’re not there yet. We have the opportunity to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, but we need more people to get vaccinated as soon as they can.

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Have you noticed that many of the news articles about what’s happening in the Iowa Legislature start with “Just passed in the Iowa House (or Senate)”? This gets a little frustrating because In some cases I didn’t even know they were considering the legislation. What happened to the Committee…

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I confess I don’t think I know anyone who has ever owned a Louis Vuitton purse. From what I understand, they are a bit pricey, probably out of the discretionary income range of most of my friends.

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Time is running out. The school voucher bill (referred to as a Student Savings Account) has passed the Iowa Senate and is now in the Iowa House, despite a tremendous outcry of opposition. Even Senator Carrie Koelker admitted that she could not read all of the thousands of emails flooding her…

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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…