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Every year hiring the right number of teachers for our schools can be a very difficult challenge. As a district, our goals are to maintain appropriate class sizes at all grade levels while being able to offer a wide range of opportunities for our students, with the end result being they are college and career ready. Our district has been challenged to meet these goals because of under-funding from the state and declining enrollment for the past two years. more
This summer has been one of many firsts for me: getting a big-girl internship, writing a published newspaper article, becoming a top-notch photographer (OK, maybe not), editing pictures and stories, and working with programs to lay out stories for print. more
OK, so maybe you aren’t quite a baby anymore. Every time I blink – you get bigger. And every time I pause for a moment, you are using bigger words (like loquacious ... what?!) and learning empathy and doing math and solving problems. So, while I know you aren’t technically a baby anymore, I’m taking a moment to reflect on what the past six years have meant to me. more
As the House gaveled out of session for its August recess, Congressman Dave Loebsack reiterated his call for the House to remain in session through August to work on the important issues facing Iowans. Loebsack called on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to follow the lead of their Senate counterparts and cancel this August recess. July 26 marked the 207th day of the year, and the House has only been in session for a total of 82 days. more
On July 26 during a speech near Dubuque, Iowa, President Trump announced a $12 billion package of financial relief for farmers who have been adversely impacted by tariffs imposed on farm exports in the recent trade war. Here is what groups representing farmers had to say: more
For the past few days I have been thinking of lessons learned in childhood. How something good may emerge from diversity and challenge. How things don’t always turn out as expected. How there are angels – you just need to know where to look for them. How there is an inherent goodness in people when they lead lives filled with trust. And, finally ... to expect the unexpected. more
In the early days of Scott County, the land was covered miles upon miles of grass, with some trees. Used to the vast forests of the east, some pioneers found this unsettling. Most of the trees in this new place grew along the streams and rivers, with fewer in the open areas.  more
It’s possible Democrats and growing numbers of contrarians within the Republican Party just might save President Trump from making a monumental mistake, in every sense of the word, by dragging their heels in funding construction of a sea-to-sea wall against illegal immigration. more
On Thursday, June 28, a man armed with a shotgun and smoke grenades stormed into the newsroom of the Capital Gazette, a community newspaper in Annapolis, Md. more
A weekend of meetings and special events occurred during the annual General Assembly of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM) which took place June 21-24, 2018, on the campus of St. Ambrose University in Davenport. More than 60 sisters and associates attended the annual meeting, with some traveling from across the United States, Mexico and Canada to be present. more
Last night I kissed my three kids good night and went on my way. I had what felt like a million things to do when both my daughters started crying and calling out for me. It was already late and my first reaction was to feel annoyed. Why can't they just go sleep?! more
The conflict over the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) between the EPA, Congress and special interest groups has  left hardworking people throughout rural America with a growing sense of uncertainty about their futures. more
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