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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.

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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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.

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The Iowa Whitewater Coalition and Iowa DNR hosted a Swiftwater Rescue (SWR) class April 9-10 utilizing the wonderful facilities of the Manchester Whitewater Park. Participants from Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota were able to acquire new skills making their paddling activities safer. Without s…

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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