The question facing West Delaware voters Tuesday, March 2 is more than asking for approval to spend $20 million for needed remodeling and repairs in the district’s elementary, middle school and high school buildings.

When I was 16, some of my buddies called me up to go coon hunting. It was dark and raining. And, too lazy to tromp through the timbers, I suggested we look through some of the neighbors' barns. Because I was the only one with a driver's license, I knew that I had to drive. I also knew

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During troubling times, heroes arise. My family has to look no further than the teachers and staff at Saint Francis Xavier Elementary and Beckman Catholic High School. They have given our three daughters the opportunity to go to the classroom five days a week to guide them in their journey. …

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Last year at this time the last thing I was thinking about was COVID-19 and the changes to our daily lives by a virus any of us knew very little about. While admitting that 2020 wasn’t the year I wanted, it was the year I got. It was a year that saw me clean up some stuff around my home, but…

In blacksmithing, if you want to make a mediocre tool into a good one, you must temper it. To do this, the business end of the tool must be heated up, and as it cools, color bands will pass through the metal. When the right color presents itself, you quench the tool in water. This process ma…

When I was a child, I thought Christmas would never come. The weeks dragged by while I wore out the toy sections of the Sears and Penny's catalogs hoping Santa might stop by. I always looked for Santa Claus and tried to stay awake on Christmas Eve just to catch a glimpse of the jolly big guy…

I am writing in regard to the article in the Manchester Press, Oct. 28 issue, concerning the ex-CEO, Lon Butifkofer and RMC. Another new trial has been set for March 4, 2021. If $255,000 was taken I think the ex-CEO would pay back $255,000 plus interest. This was money taken from Delaware Co…

So many life events and celebrations, from graduations to birthdays and weddings, have been impacted by the pandemic. Earlier this year, when schools shut down and entire sectors of the economy closed to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus, it also put the brakes on routine screenin…

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I’d like to make a few comments concerning the road construction on the east edge of town. What was supposed to be a three-week closure has now turned in to seven weeks.

This letter to the editor is in response to a Letter written by Bob Francois, “Trump Lacks Morals,” as published in the Manchester Press, Oct. 7, 2020. It was a scathing attack on Donald Trump’s moral character if you’ll recall. I’m assuming Bob is a Democrat and was hypothetically comparing…

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Iowans have options about how we choose to vote. We can cast an absentee ballot from the comfort of our home, in-person at the county auditor’s office, or vote at the polls on Election Day. All three methods are safe and secure. Whichever method you choose, it’s important to have a voting plan.

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Donald Trump has absolutely no morals. He said you can grope women and they like it if you have money. He paid off those women to keep their mouths shut before the 2016 election. One didn’t. He said John McCain was no hero. That from a draft dodger. His niece said he only gives to churches w…

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Long days and pleasant nights to you, friends. My name is Daniel Charland and I am a new reporter/photographer with the Cascade Pioneer, Dyersville Commercial and Manchester Press. The year 2020 has been an interesting time to graduate college and enter the workforce, and I’m grateful for th…

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In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of folks were throwing the words patience and grace around. I’ve been thinking a bit lately about grace. While there are several definitions of the word, the one that sticks with me right at the moment is “courteous goodwill.”

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The Manchester City Council recently unanimously approved a proclamation against racism, discrimination and prejudice. From the article in the Manchester Press, City Manager Tim Vick’s comments on KMCH radio, and the actual proclamation (available on the City’s website), the purpose or reaso…

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As with all businesses, the Coronavirus had a serious impact on the American Legion bar. The bar is small but is an important meeting place for members and the community. There are a few members of the community (Friends of the American Legion) and businesses in our community we must give a …

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