“The Treat Lady” Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me.
The world currently (and historically) is a cluster (. . .
“Still Nagging” It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, a serious tongue-lashing.  
When it comes to policies, global or local, the present should never be considered the end goal.
“New Systems” I finished my bath and saw that the rust-orange towel had molted all over my body.
With National Poetry month coming to a close at the end of the week, and my own lack of creative writing throughout the ongoing pandemic, it felt wrong to ignore National Poetry month altogether—a month in which I used to write at least one new po

Opinions

Push the pause button Dear Dave, I’ve been following your plan, but recently I experienced a medical emergency. I’m about halfway through Baby Step 2 and paying off my debts using the debt snowball system. Considering the circumstances, should I stop doing the debt snowball for now? Brooke Dear...
“As Much Christmas As Possible” Whatever you think about Christmas, I think you would have to agree, we need one this year. Everyone I know seems determined to do as much Christmas as it is possible to do. My pastor announced at the beginning of Advent, that we were going to have 26 consecutive...
  “Able to avoid.” Why Latin? I like languages, and “Adeste Fideles” has been on repeat in my head for a good part of the evening (not sure how it got there, but here we are). It’s the week of Christmas, and were this any other year, my spirits would likely be high and the house would be...
Q: How has the Paycheck Protection Program helped small businesses keep their workforce? A: When the COVID-19 pandemic led to severe economic fall-out for small businesses across the country, Congress provided a financial lifeline to help employers stay afloat and keep their workers on payroll....
We are nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and cases in rural America are increasing at a rapid rate. The impacts vary greatly across rural states, yet per-capita infections are most extreme in communities occupied by meatpacking plants, predominantly in the Midwest, low-income African American...
As we look back at 2020 and ahead to the New Year, we should be worried. At least 250,000 people in the United States have died of COVID-19 since February, and many health experts believe that we are just now entering the deadliest phase. And it has already been one of the deadliest events in...
We need some extra Christmas cheer this year. 2020 took all of us on a chaotic roller-coaster ride, and many people in our communities are scared, broken, hurting, and hungry. They’re worried about the future. They’ve lost jobs, or even loved ones. What if we looked at this year as an opportunity...
“Midcentury Modern Christmas” “I’ve forgotten the funny name of the tree you helped us pick out,” my mother said. “Our tree this year is named Melinda.” The greenhouse where my parents get their Christmas tree every year has festive tags hanging from the trees with their names and prices. These...
Q: Why is closing the digital divide so important for Rural America?   A: Connecting every home and business to high-speed internet access will open the door of opportunity for rural residents to compete in the digital economy. Rural broadband is a critical piece of the puzzle for communities to...
Norm Johnson, you cheered me up and made my Christmas joyful. I’ll explain “how” later. It’s Christmastime. A vastly different one from those we remember and now covet. Christmas should be a happy time, no matter the circumstances, but that’s much easier said than done. We’ve become accustomed to...

Pages

Lake Mills Graphic

204 N. Mill Street
Lake Mills, IA 50450

Office Number: (641) 592-4222
Fax Number: (641) 592-6397

Sign Up For Breaking News

Stay informed on our latest news!

Manage my subscriptions

Subscribe to Breaking News feed
Comment Here