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The schools are closed. What does that mean? Does that mean that learning stops? To many parents, this can be an overwhelming time to think that the burden lies on them. As a parent who is reaching out to other parents, caregivers and community members, I want to share that this is exactly w…

This week marks nine weeks since I moved from my office to home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I set up my office in our library and it has worked out pretty well. That being said, I am looking forward to when I can get back to my regular office. I miss my coworkers (although I am not sur…

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.

In the next few weeks, area high schools will hold commencement exercises. And if social distancing guidelines continue in place, the only thing those ceremonies will have in common is the fact that they will look nothing like graduations of the past.

Last year, I had the opportunity to head back to my hometown to celebrate Thanksgiving with my brothers and sisters and their families. We had a really good time catching up and it’s always fun reminiscing about growing up in a family with 12 kids. No matter how many times you might hear cer…

You and the other federal taxpayers are being asked by Illinois to give them $15 billion for their “state budget.” Also, they want $9.6 billion for their cities and $6 billion for the state’s unemployment fund. That is 30 billion of taxpayer’s money for the state of Illinois. The question we…

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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.

In recent weeks the Dyersville City Council has, after a “Virtual” Public Hearing, submitted its revenue and expenses budget for FY 2021 to the State of Iowa.

As we continue to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on our daily lives, I can’t help but think of President George Bush days after 9-11. When commercial flights resumed 48 hours after the attacks on the United States, it was the President’s father, former President George H.W. …

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.

For the past five years, the Dyersville Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (DCGLR) has been working to connect organizations, businesses, schools and families to come together as a community around one cause: Grade-Level Reading. In our world today though, we are seeing how the power of this n…

Mr. Rogers’ mother said it best. Reflecting on seeing disturbing things as a child, Fred Rogers recalled that “when I was a boy and saw scary things in the news, my mother would say ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

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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.

Bernie Sanders preaches “democratic socialism.” This is a type of socialism that fosters equality and compassion by transferring wealth from the rich to the poor. Sounds like “Robin Hood” has arrived. But is it your wealth that is being taken after you worked hard by saving? Most of the time…

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…

Over the past several months I’ve fielded many questions about the use of stem cells (regenerative therapy) to treat “chronic progressive conditions”, “joint pain” and/or “neuropathy.”

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 …

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…