With December now officially underway, many households are likely prepping and planning for the holiday festivities (and foods) that typically come with the last month of the year.
Parents, do you have a rising or current college student? Have you filled out this year’s FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) yet? You might be thinking, “Nope.
Do what’s best for you Dear Dave,
How do we measure the value of a single life? It’s an impossible task—too subjective, individual, and too abstract.
Q: Why do you support the First Step Act?
Getting ready for the Baby Steps Dear Dave, I like your plan, and I’m ready to get control of my finances. Should I catch up on past due bills before saving $1,000 for the beginner emergency fund you recommend in Baby Step 1?

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Hundreds of thousands of Iowans are making their voices heard by casting a ballot in the November elections. Are you one of them? If so, thank you for voting. If you’re not, why not? The United States of America is the greatest and freest country in the world because we give the power to our...
At some point in our lives—probably after a big meal—we have heard something along the lines of, “we can’t let this go to waste,” or “what a waste of good [insert resource here].” While this sentiment is by no means uncommon, it may come as a surprise to many, that the scale of waste in the world,...
Meet the Smith family. Both parents work, and they make good money. From the outside, life looks good — a new Tahoe, a big house, and private schools for the kids. But in reality, the Smiths are barely scraping by. With the help of credit cards and car loans, they spend more money than they make,...
Pay it off Dear Dave, I can’t decide what to do about my car. I owe $8,000 on it, and I have the cash to pay it off with plenty left over. One of my co-workers said I shouldn’t pay it off, because I have a very low interest rate on the loan. What do you think? Derricka Dear Derricka, What do I...
Recently, my sweetheart and I finally created our own Netflix account in order to watch our shows together more easily. It may seem a small thing, but we both felt very “adult” having something that belongs to the two of us, even with an ocean in between. This decision, along with the second season...
Dear Editor (with my compliments), This is a response to Conrad Bascom’s “Civil War reenactment conjures past” article, Sept. 12, 2018, edition. Thank you for participating at our Press Booth. The article’s cynical phrasing, which should be used in investigative reporting, will be a “good shot”...
At no time in our state’s history has the need for education and training after high school been more important. A Georgetown University Center for Education and Workforce report shows that by 2025, 68 percent of jobs in Iowa will require some education and training beyond high school. That means...
By Terry Durby Winnebago county supervisor Over the past couple of months, there have been a number of news reports, articles and social media posts involving the North Central Iowa Regional Economic and Port Authority (Port Authority). While the accuracy and merit of some of those accounts can...
by Conrad Bascom Lake Mills Graphic The Forest Theater broke from routine and slotted an additional movie in before the traditional 4 o’clock matinee and evening show on Sunday, Oct. 7—which wasn’t the only departure from business as usual, it turns out, as tickets to this one-time showing of the...
We are, all of us, familiar with the differing ideas of what constitutes “freedom,” as well as the differing values we place on the importance of individual freedoms. Lately, however, I cannot seem to shake the feeling—the knowledge—that we, as a nation, have lost sight of what “America” was meant...

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