At a recent editorial meeting of our newspaper staff, a colleague lamented the fact that the source of a potential story wasn’t getting back to him. He said he felt that the person was “ghosting” him.

I glanced up as the bells rang to herald new customers walking into the used clothing store. I was looking for a pair of warm dress pants. Visiting my parents in Minnesota, I had forgotten entirely about the possibility of extreme cold and the idea of going out that night in tights and a ski…

This is the time of the year when my psyche, after being worn down by the headaches, the hatred and the heartache around us, gets a much-needed pick-me-up from those wonderful news reports of secret Santas, free holiday dinners for the less fortunate, and communities banding together to help…

Ten years ago this month, Sen. Mary Landrieu and I founded the bipartisan Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. We launched this caucus a decade ago to give voice to the thousands of young people in America who deserved a platform to break the silence on the challenges and success stories of foster…

Mark Cady was right at home at the piano and was an occasional singer, too, maybe best known among family and friends for his rendition of “Easter Parade” each New Year’s Eve — a whimsical tidbit that widened the eyes of some people at his funeral last week.

“I like the “edge season” my husband, Peter, said, as we watched the moon rise over the mountains and felt a chill breeze rise with it. As far as I know, Peter invented this expression. He might have meant the “season’s end,” but I like the idea of the “season’s edge” better.

My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home.

For years I’ve lived by the mantra “Sleep is for the weak.” If there is a sporting event, concert, play or any other entertainment option that looks like it shouldn’t be missed, I try not to miss it. It has always made sense to me that a few hours on the road to and from whatever was going o…

My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky, but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in their own way.

I have been sputtering like an old pickup truck for the past three years over the sometimes outrageous, sometimes ill-informed, and often infuriating comments our president makes each day on his Twitter account.

The next few weeks will be full of opportunities to meet the candidates for local elected offices such as city council and school boards, leading up to the Nov. 5 elections. In addition to questions about city budgets or school policies, voters should ask candidates about what it means to ha…

In my opinion, it’s time for the long-time council members and mayor to step down or be replaced — same with the city manager — they have been in office far too long. They’ve wasted the taxpayers’ money and achieved little growth of any kind. On Nov. 5, we have an opportunity to begin cleani…

My parents live in a cabin deep in the north woods. I know this sounds like the start of a fairytale. Sometimes it seems a bit like one.

With apologies to the writers of the television show “Mission Impossible,” I’ve taken the line used near the beginning of every episode for my column title.

Pharmacies in Iowa, and across the U.S., are being forced out of business essentially because of a technicality, an unfair loophole in Medicare regulations, by which health insurers and middle-men are taking back a portion of payments to pharmacies well after Medicare Part D prescriptions ar…

“The septic guy can’t find the cover, call him,” was the message. I’ve been getting a lot of messages like this since I decided to put my 100-plus-year-old farmhouse up for sale.

At the Sept. 9 Manchester City Council meeting, the Mayor apparently took time to publicly rebuke me, saying there was “a lot of misinformation in just a couple of sentences,” in my last letter to the editor.

The NCAA has a problem on its hands with college football. The inmates are running the asylum. Or in this case, the Tigers and Longhorns. I give you as examples the following events that occurred before, during and after LSU’s 45-38 win over Texas in Austin Sept. 7.

City officials were on the radio and in the newspaper last week, saying that Manchester’s citizens “need to be educated” about the City’s proposal to spend $2.6 million on a new city shop. In my opinion, that is an insult to the citizens’ intelligence. We are educated, and we know that the c…

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Hello. My name is Luke Maiers and I am a new reporter/photographer with the Dyersville Commercial, Manchester Press and Cascade Pioneer. I will be based out of Dyersville, but will cover the happenings that will take place in the communities surrounding.

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