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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
Congressman Dave Loebsack on June 22 called on U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, to support the tens of thousands of Iowans who rely on a healthy trading relationship with Canada by exempting Canada from the tariffs that began on June 1. more
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