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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“You okay, budder?” are words that our dog, Lambeau, has heard many times in his life. Whether because of some foreign object that somehow found its way into his mouth, the aftermath of a strange animal encounter, or on the ride home from each visit to the vet, Lambeau has been the subject of our...
Some issues permeate society without regard to who you are or where you come from. Opioid addiction is one of those issues. Chances are that you or someone close to you is personally affected by this epidemic. Opioid addiction is bringing unlikely allies together in the fight against it. With...
Keep it simple and safe Dear Dave, My husband and I finally have our full emergency fund in place. Like you recommend, we’ve kept it in a money market account with check writing privileges for easy accessibility. Recently, we heard about short-term bond funds with a higher interest rate than our...
You may have seen my first column as the new writer of the Gasper Gabble in last week’s edition. Since then, everything and nothing has changed. The alternate reality myself and my family are living in will never be fully settled into. As many grieve and mourn and return to their comfortable...
Editor, We in Iowa are facing ever-increasing threats of water and air pollution from factory farms. The industry knows  it; our governor knows it; our legislators know it; the Department of Natural Resources knows it­—but nobody seems to have a spine anymore. I love Iowa, and it is very hard to...
In the past week, I have entered an alternate reality. In the past week I heard my dad sneeze through the ceiling of the basement and I jumped like I always have—like I still do . . . but now the sound comes from another reality. In the past week my parents finally persuaded me to be on their...
BY CONRAD BASCOM LAKE MILLS GRAPHIC On Thursday, June 28, a gunman harboring a personal vendetta barricaded the back entrance of Annapolis’ local newspaper, strode through the front doors, and opened fire on the newsroom with a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun and flash grenades, killing five of The...
Normally, thank you letters are not published in the Lake Mills Graphic—they are considered ads. However, I am making an exception in this case—one privilege of being the “boss.” Our family is humbled by the overwhelming love, support and concern after the unexpected loss of our beloved husband,...
Dear Dave, I’m retired, and in the past few years I’ve taken up painting. This hobby has begun bringing in more money than I expected. I was wondering at what point I should start thinking about separating my art money from my personal finances, and look at officially starting a little business...
Tragedy is no stranger to our lives. Unfortunately, through the years, we'll each experience it numerous times. Such is the case when I received the call on Sunday afternoon about the passing of Terry Gasper, Lake Mills Graphic owner and publisher. Those words to describe Terry, owner and...

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