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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Less than 24 hours after the last snowflake fell on Saturday morning, one would not know that Lake Mills had just experienced a snowfall of over 11 inches, if you were wearing blinders and could only see the condition of the streets. Long a source of community pride, the street crew, once again...
The chill of winter can be offset with the pleasure of curling up inside a warm home. Turning on the heat and settling into your favorite chair to open a new book or watch a movie feels even better when snow falls or rain patters against the windows. Unfortunately, some families have to choose...
The legislature has been very busy as many committee and subcommittee meetings are underway.  I was involved in a subcommittee on Senate Study Bill 1079. This is known as the “hands-free” bill. This bill would prohibit the use of a hand-held electronic communication device while driving a motor...
It seems like every few weeks there's a new "must-watch" movie or show. Competition between traditional and new production companies is driving the wave of high-quality content. I can't complain, but it's also hard to keep up. I have an ever-growing list of binge-able things to watch, read and...
As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward. But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s January 10 farewell address to the American people. I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches for many years. Most of them give good advice....
By Nathaniel Sillin Have you ever considered how lenders compare applicants? Typically, the lowest rate goes to those who have the highest likelihood of repaying the loan on time. A lot of data goes into determining that probability, including the person's credit, income and outstanding debt. As...
Dear Iowans: Thank you for voicing your concerns about the statewide coverage of the Iowa Boys State Championship Events.  As you all know, there has been a tremendous amount of information in all media forms that has been distributed to the public. We hope you will understand it was a very...
Terril is a town of 364 residents and it seemed like most of them were looking on from across the street as four fire departments tried to get a blaze under control the night of Oct. 12, 2015. Tim and Michelle Roth spent 15 years at 306 State Street. They moved there when their oldest sons, Kolton...
I try to be fair whenever I make a judgement about something—especially that on which I am not the best informed, So it is with the new ground rules for newspapers covering high school state tournament competitions—including the upcoming state wrestling tournament. I understand the need and...
In part, because of the events of the day, with “fake news” dominating the election cycle and beyond. In part, because some of the feedback we have gotten over the years regarding things found on this page. And, in large part, due to the fact that we were reminded of our mission this past weekend...

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