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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…

Without a doubt, the “sound” of music we heard for nine years by our Lemon Sisters must have been considered classic by the choirs of Angels in the highest heavens. Some days I felt it was raining toys, gifts and cash donations from heaven because there were times I had no idea where the dep…

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…

For my entire life, I have been involved in Catholic education. My parents spent most of their careers in Catholic education as teachers or staff members and provided my siblings and me with the opportunity to attend Catholic elementary and secondary schools. Later I followed this up with fo…

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 “sound” of music that resonated before Christmas by the Lemon Sisters now jingles as a never-to-be-forgotten memory; therefore, our 2019 toy project will be dedicated to the Lemon Sisters as a way of saying thank you for all the years they made children the reason for the season.

“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.

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…

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.