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

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. …

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…

Holiday safety is becoming a big issue now, especially during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and for those who are the most vulnerable. Between November and mid-January are when many families gather together and travel spikes across the nation. However, this year could be different, as many …

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…

When you are standing at a urinal in a men’s bathroom and St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson comes in next to you, that’s not something you forget.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.”

Over the Labor Day weekend, our political signs were taken from our yard. Not from city property but from well within our yard. This, for me, seems, to be a commentary on our upcoming election.

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…

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 …

I have a few baseball-style caps that I’ve collected over the years. I have a couple of caps of my New York Yankees, a few golf caps, some Ed-Co baseball caps from my years as head coach and a couple caps from bands I enjoy. I have more caps than I can wear.

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.

We complain that our national government can't get along, yet here our local government squabbles on. Our Delaware County government has done an outstanding job providing a new jail complex at a minimal cost to area taxpayers to enhance the protection and safety of us all. Our Manchester Cit…

Having grown up in Jackson County in the '50s and '60s, I was raised to respect all people. However, I never had an opportunity to meet or interact with people of color until I went to college in Cedar Rapids. Even then, my life was sheltered from the outside world. After college, I moved ba…

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