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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…

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When I was a kid, the words “company’s coming” meant there was work to be done, that people were coming to the house. It could be family or friends, but as a kid, I knew there would be a flurry of activity as Mom and Dad got things ready for whoever was coming to visit.

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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.

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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…

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I think everyone in Dyersville should get a letter from the city about taking care of their dogs or get fined $100. Every dog should have a dog tag and there should be a dog leash law.

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Imagine a town without a library. Thankfully Dyersville doesn’t have to worry about that. Even during the shutdown, our staff kept people reading. But a library doesn’t run by itself. Although I am not an on-site volunteer, I can show my support of the library by making a monetary donation. …

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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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.

In the 1950s and '60s we were taught government, including the U.S. Constitution, in a boring fashion by the football coach. Most people my age can relate to that experience. Here are three thoughts (from unlimited examples) of how our government is abusing our Constitution and how we are al…

Editor's Note: In the March 17 Dyersville Commercial a word was changed in the following letter that changed the meaning. The error was both in the headline and within the body of the letter. The corrected letter follows. The Dyersville Commercial would like to apologize for the error.

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On Feb. 5, 2021, Governor Kim Reynolds lifted the limited mask mandate and social distancing for the state, starting Sunday night, Feb. 7, 2021. Reynolds went on to say, “Iowans are smart people.”

I recently purchased a book titled, “A Church in Crises,” written by Dr. Ralph Martin, who is a professor at a Catholic seminary in Michigan. He describes social justice as a religion. EWTN recently interviewed him and he made a lot of sense. The social justice movement suggests that it is i…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyday life for almost a year at this point. There is hardly anyone who would dispute the validity of that statement. To survive and continue moving forward during the past 12 months, we have been faced with finding new ways to accomplish our daily tasks.

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It has always amazed me that Iowa, the largest renewable fuel processing state, is surrounded by numerous states that have stronger biofuels requirements. It’s time we do something about that. That is why I support the Iowa Biofuel Standards, HSB 185/SSB 1170, under consideration in the Iowa…