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The main business in week 2 was subcommittee meetings. I chaired some of them. Obviously some are higher profile than others. One of mine has to do with improving the procedures and timetables for preserving evidence in sex abuse cases. You may have heard about the problems with the backlog …

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So, are you tired of reading lots of stories about local governments and their budgets? In particular the Warren County budget?

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I have been reflecting a lot lately. I suppose it comes with getting to retirement age and the later portions of one’s life. It makes me appreciate the conversations I had with my grandparents, parents and others who have gone before me.

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Have you ever had one of those weeks when unbelievably amazing things happen? By the end of the week, you are emotionally drained but happy things have come together? I had one of those weeks in December.

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There will be a number of differences in the Senate rules for the upcoming session, in order to maintain as much distancing as possible. Legislative clerks will not be on the floor, but will work in other rooms. There will be up to 50 senators and some staff on the floor at a given time. Com…

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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