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If you have ever been around kids or animals, you have stories to tell, crazy stories. I’ve had goats on picnic tables and cars, a wood duck in my chimney hearth, and opossums in my office. Once at breakfast my wife and I could hear our 5-year-old son jumping on the bed above. Suddenly, ther…

In a couple of weeks, schools in our area will welcome children back into their buildings. And if there is one thing the schools have in common, it’s that their plans are tailored to fit the needs of their students. But that doesn’t mean each district’s day or week will look the same.

I write this as a person who has recovered from COVID-19. I began flashing symptoms in early July, took those symptoms seriously, qualified for a test through Test Iowa and got my positive result back the next day.

These are unprecedented times. The entire world is experiencing the same disastrous storm at the same time. In Haiti, our friends are in a daily struggle for survival. As they practice social distancing to protect their health, they face the more difficult challenge of providing food securit…

The Western Dubuque baseball and softball teams opened post-season play last week at Farley Park. Getting to that point has not been easy and not without some stops and restarts. Coaches and players deserve a lot of credit for following the rules, keeping each other safe, and being honest wh…

I get the protest about BLM and accept it. My problem is twofold. Where there is burning and looting — it is no longer BLM. It is the destruction of the property of others. That is not what a protest should be about.

Lately, it appears that nobody wants to listen to “the facts” from “the other side.” Here are a few thoughts — not facts — about the future of sports in America concerning religion, sexism, racism and political correctness (PC).

This is a response to Tom Snyder's letter in the June 24 edition claiming "Flynn was denied his constitutional rights." As far as Michael Flynn's outrageous treatment goes, he was fired by the president for lying to VP (Mike) Pence and the FBI. He then admitted his guilt under oath twice.

Freedom, independence, self-sufficiency: these are great and glorious concepts. We celebrate them this time of year, whether we process it that way or not, because they're so deeply ingrained in our image of America. We see ourselves as a nation of rugged individualists: seizing the bull by …

After listening to the virtual live City of Dyersville Council meeting June 15 we need to compliment the Council members that voted to recommend and pass a motion that the students of the Moser School of Dance & Gymnastics be permitted to use the front entrance of the Memorial Hall build…

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…

I felt like a rudderless ship the last few weeks between BLM, ANTIFA and immature, spoiled young kids rioting in Seattle — destroying private property under the disguise of protesting a murder. Personally, I feel more threatened with the outrageous treatment of Michael Flynn and the total di…

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.

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.