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To say it’s been a long few days, and couple weeks, would be an understatement. After two-plus years of online access at, we are undergoing a shift to a new web host. … more
April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day, a time to remember those who died in Iowa workplaces and while serving in the military. It is also a time to renew our commitment to safe, healthy jobs. This … more
Prior to prom weekend for area schools last week, I had an opportunity to spend some time with Wilton’s senior class.     On Wednesday, April 18, I attended the annual etiquette luncheon held … more
    The legislative session was scheduled to wrap up April 17. Unfortunately, gridlock among Statehouse Republicans has put the House and Senate into overtime.     The longer the Legislature … more
    The Government Oversight Committee has had a very busy year so I wanted to update everyone on our work. This session is my fourth as Chair of the Committee. I have been very passionate about … more
For the past 15 years or so, the communities of Wilton and Durant have known me as Derek Sawvell. For some of the older generations, I’m known as Stan and Tami Sawvell’s son. To the rest, I’m … more
    The 2018 session of the Iowa Legislature is scheduled to end on April 17. Unfortunately, legislators have yet to see a budget proposal for next year, and House and Senate leaders continue to … more
We receive dozens of press releases each week at the Advocate News. Thousands per year that reach the pages of our hometown newspaper, and hundreds of thousands more that do not.     Prior to … more
    I was saddened to learn recently that West Liberty Raceway at the Muscatine County Fairgrounds may not host races this season. I have been a racing fan since I was a kid, and West Liberty … more
    Iowa’s state universities have been cut nearly $50 million in the past 12 months, a reduction of almost 10 percent in just one year. Funding for our state universities is now lower than it … more
    In Des Moines we are working toward wrapping up the session. Two major items remain – the budget and taxes. This week I want to write a little about the budget process and what the proposed … more
With the birth of our new website in 2016, I was asked a few times about the newspaper, more specifically, if we are “getting rid of the paper” or “Will we still have the … more
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