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The coming year will be over almost quicker than you can say Happy New Year. Just look how fast 2021 sped by us all. Time rarely feels as if it's standing still unless we are waiting for something to happen. Time only drags when we need something to happen like a cure for a disease, a job to…

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The actress Zendaya and I have something in common. Neither of us recognized the other when we passed by one another in midtown Manhattan a couple of weeks ago. I should have known I wouldn’t recognize her. Outside of Bono and Madonna, I always have trouble with people who go by one name.

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If your family will have a new college freshman next year, this is a great time to look for scholarships that will help offset the cost of an education. Scholarships are considered "gift aid," meaning that they do not need to be repaid later. Some are one-time awards that can be used while a…

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I grew up relatively poor in small-town northern Iowa. We always had clothes on our backs, food in our bellies, and a roof over our heads. The roof was courtesy of my mom’s hard work. The food was from our garden, or when times were tough, sometimes it was “government cheese” or groceries fr…

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A recent video sent to me showed the famous anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. ranting in Italy about Italy’s vaccine mandates. Honestly, content-wise, I don’t think the video differs much from debates about vaccine mandates here in this country.

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I find at this time of year, I am making a list and checking it twice or checking in to see what is imprinted on my floppy disk. My brain isn’t always up to par so I rely on a list.

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I attended the city election forum Oct. 19 and the discussion turned to how to draw people to this community. When my husband and I moved here 30 years ago, our decision wasn’t motivated by entertainment, shopping, or recreation, it was driven by our faith.

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A recent trip home following a concert by the Drive-By Truckers in Iowa City brought home the reality of how our location can be tracked by others. And here’s a news flash… it’s not being done as a result of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vote yes on Nov. 2 for the continued growth in our schools and communities. The growth of each enhances the growth and well-being of the other. They go hand-in-hand. The Western Dubuque school district’s proposed extension of the current Sales Tax Revenue Purpose Statement will benefit both …

After a pair of failed building referendums in 2017, the Edgewood-Colesburg School District is asking voters to support a referendum that will offer improvements to both district buildings as well as add new spaces that can help sustain the district for decades to come.

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A little over four years ago, then-Mayor Dan Willenborg asked me for my help in making sure that the Dyersville city government would remain in good hands after his term in office ended. When you think about it, that is really every mayor’s last job — to feel at ease that the organization he…

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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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Joe Biden in his speech about “Build Back Better,” said he is tired of the rich not paying their fair share. He said Trump’s 2017 tax cut was a “giant giveaway to corporations and the top 1%.”

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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 …

Oftentimes, victims of crime in Iowa are hesitant to speak out and share their story because of the way our criminal justice system is currently set up.

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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For me it was a magical trip back to Dyersville Field of Dreams for the inaugural Sox-Yankees game — even though my “trip” was viewing the televised game on my local Fox channel in Southern California. I grew up in Dyersville which has always been a “baseball town.” Good memories flood back,…

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A friend of mine from the West Coast was in Iowa last week, his first visit to Iowa and really, only his first to the Midwest. He said he visited Chicago once, but I don’t know if that counts as the Midwest in anything other than geography.

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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…