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 hear U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, called the infrastructure bill wasteful spending. She couldn’t be further from the truth. Potable drinking water for Iowans, but especially for rural communities is not wasteful spending; it is vital to keep our pregnant mothers and children safe.

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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.

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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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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 …

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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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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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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