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The budgeting process proceeded last week. The Senate and House are working on their initial proposals. The Senate and House have 7 different budget subcommittees that are responsible for various parts of the state budget. As I have reported before, I chair the Senate Justice Systems budget …

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Like so many Iowans, I was born and raised on a rural family farm, where we made our living raising livestock and crops. The work was tough – and not always pretty – but my family took extraordinary pride in the work we did and the hogs and crops we raised, as do so many Iowa families, farme…

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My wife and I get a big kick out of those car insurance commercials that have a fictional character named Dr. Rick. He is supposedly a specialist that works with younger adults that are becoming their parents through behavior and actions. I know one of the reasons we like them so much is we …

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“What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast” – Anthony Bourdain

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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Iowa Workforce Development has announced  Iowa’s unemployment rate for the month of September was 4.7 percent. Unemployment has gone down for 5 straight months after the April high. The national rate for September was 7.9 percent. We have the 5th lowest rate in the nation, trailing only Nebr…

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Additional Grant Funding Recommended – On Thursday, the City was notified by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources that an additional $706,000 of funding is being recommended for award to the City. This is outstanding news! As you may recall, the City was previously awarded $1 million for…

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