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When the Dubuque County supervisors turned down Mark and Lorie Riniker’s request to rezone an acre of their property to build a second home on their acreage—as laid out in Dubuque County’s relatively new ag-residential zoning classification—they were thinking that the subdividing of a less-t…

The library funding argument at last week’s council meeting was a little silly. While the council will soon be considering budget amendments from a number of city departments totaling about a half-million dollars in increased expenditures, a $3,000 pass-through request from the James Kennedy…

John Q. Public is told he can’t attend a local meeting because he’s not a resident of that community. Two city council members text each other during a meeting, making fun of those making public comments. A board of supervisors regularly go out for lunch together and—even though they say the…

In a dramatic reversal of fortunes, Dyersville officials wisely voiced their support for a small increase in funding for the James Kennedy Public Library, after Dyersville mayor Al Haas had initially called for the library to cut its budget by 5 percent.

Last month, the Iowa Department of Education announced that it would no longer automatically let accredited schools start earlier than the law demands. We agree with staff writer Mike Putz that the tussle is a well-timed distraction from the fight over how much money public schools should be…

In the past week, the world has been glued to the violent unfolding events in France and their aftermath. As journalists, the attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine cut particularly deep.  Both France and the U.S. have long, proud histories of free expression, and we are happy to see…

Much of the last Dyersville city council meeting was spent in questioning individual bills that the city pays—$13,000 for audit services, $872 for membership in the East Central Intergovernmental Agency, $4,500 for masonry for the city clock, $8,700 for seeding and mowing, etc.

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