Cash flow issues are one of the big reasons small businesses fail. And these types of problems are directly related to an owner not staying on top of the numbers and having poor accounting practices.
If you are anything like me, and my family, you find that you have a lot of “stuff,” when you take a moment to inventory the possessions in your home.
Many have been decrying the lack of political discourse over the past few years, and how uncivil we have become as a society.
The Trump Administration, like its predecessors, has shown an apparent appetite for the use of force overseas. The “mother of all bombs” dropped on Syrian troops, saber-rattling toward North Korea, deployments of U.S.
I’ve spent my life in many places, with one of the longest tenures being Edina, Minnesota. We have a bold, talented, and intrepidly liberal Senator named Al Franken.
Whether it’s a matter of comfort, appearance or safety, there are many medical procedures that you may want or need, but your health insurance won’t cover.

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Think about this for a moment: Two days away from a federal shutdown, Congress comes up with a stopgap measure to keep the government operating...for a week. A few days later it arrives at a bipartisan budget deal lasting a bit over four months. This, in turn, moves the President to take to Twitter...
Have you ever seen more disgraceful partisanship and “headhunting” than what’s going on in our government? Let’s set aside the cute but sophomoric proclamation that: “Hey! What’s wrong with gridlock in Washington? If they aren’t getting things done, at least they’re not spending my money!” I’m...
The president didn’t just want the FBI to stop investigating his friend Mike Flynn. He wanted it to arrest journalists. How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks—brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an autocratic attitude, some...
When it comes to debt, student loans and credit cards can be detrimental to the financial success of young adults. The devastating mistakes students make in college can haunt them for years and keep them from stepping into the next phase of life with confidence. Share these five tips with the...
Lake Mills is lucky to have an ambulance service. But, without community members stepping up to volunteer, we wonder how long we can count on this valuable service. It would not be the end of the world if we were to lose this valuable service, as there are nearby services that could try to pick up...
Appointing Iowans to our State Boards and Commissions is a humbling responsibility. As Governor of this state, it’s a responsibility I take very seriously. That’s why it was so disappointing and unfortunate to see 18 Senate Democrats inject petty partisan politics when they failed to reconfirm...
I have significant differences with Donald Trump’s political stances, but I want him to enjoy a successful presidency. It’s good for neither the country nor the world when a U.S. president struggles or fails. Yet, I also believe that constructive criticism can help a president grow more capable....
The 2017 legislative session has come to an end. Our lawmakers and governor have once again made budget decisions. Let’s look at some facts about our financial situation: The State’s general fund surplus, which was $928 million just four years ago, has been spent. The State’s reserve funds, which...
You can’t help but reflect on the above statement as you age. This time of year, it is especially true for me in several ways. May marks my birth month, and each and every year, the odometer rolls over, I realize that it is a blessing, more than a given, that I have made another milestone. The...
Democrats opened the 2017 Iowa Legislature ready to work together with the Republican-led majority to make progress for all Iowans again. But Republicans chose a different path this session. And Iowans noticed. Instead of working with us, Republicans chose to pursue a divisive, special interest...

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