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German immigrant Claus Hell tilled the Midwest prairies

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

The wall: Be careful what you wish for

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

The freedom we celebrate on July Fourth comes at a high price

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

Sisters of Humility: U.S. immigration 'radically unjust'

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

'When my kids cry at night, I'm glad I can be their source of comfort'

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

Ethanol is a critical piece of America's energy strategy

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

Exempt Canada from harmful tariffs

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

'Food as a weapon in trade disputes is a grave concern'

The White House announced June 15 that it’s moving forward with 25-percent tariffs on up to $50 billion of Chinese products imported into the U.S. more

Honor the sacrifices of the 'Greatest Generation'

I was born into a world at war. My dad, a young husband in his early 20s and father of two toddlers, served in the Navy during World War II. My mother, a young wife in her early 20s, served on the home front. She took care of my brother and me and worked at the Farmall Works, joining thousands of “Rosie the Riveters” working in factories to supply the war effort.  more

Lessons from my father

Herb Carlson was a blessing; he was a curse! more

Restating our support for renewable fuels

Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement May 10 in response to reports that President Trump reiterated his commitment to allowing year-round sales of fuel composed of 15 percent ethanol, instead of the 10 percent that is currently blended in the supply. more

Nothing good comes from a trade war

One of President Ronald Reagan’s (1981-1989) favorite political sayings came from a song popular in his youth: “Dance with the one that brung ya.” more
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