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  • Cheeky Mama: No dog days of summer for this working mama

    I enjoy the scorching summer heat. This weather warms my bones. By far, summer is my favorite season, and it’s not just because my birthday is in Augu ...
    July 20, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Sands: GOP convention party gets started

    Hello from Cleveland, where my wife, Kathy, and I are attending the Republican National Convention.I ...
    July 19, 2016 - 10:46 pm
  • Olson: Police reports – a check against disappearing people

    “Why’s my name in the police blotter? This is ruining my life!” “You shouldn’t write anything about ...
    July 19, 2016 - 12:30 am
  • Delegate's View: Web search first step on path to convention

    My wife Kathy Sands and I are off to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland!We will be arri ...
    July 15, 2016 - 11:57 pm
  • Olson: Daisy praise for Waterman police

    The girls of Waterman Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1267 left a nice surprise for members of their local police department this week.
    July 15, 2016 - 10:02 am
  • Lyons: We've all got our own Pokémon problems

    Maybe it’s age, but I have no knowledge of anything Pokemon other than it was a kids’ card game and some kind of yellow, alien-looking rat is involved ...
    July 14, 2016 - 12:14 am
  • Olson: No sides in making America safer

    Over the police scanner, you could hear a woman scream, “My baby!” It was chilling. It was about 12 ...
    July 9, 2016 - 8:02 am
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: Rep. Hultgren pays tribute to Joe Bussone

    On Wednesday, Congressman Randy Hultgren, a Republican from Illinois’ 14th District, gave a one-minute speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Repres ...
    July 7, 2016 - 12:08 am
  • Sahly: Important change made to our online comments

    When you see an online comment by user ‘anon1234’ or ‘Find Da Real Truth 75’ ... how seriously do you take it? Does it add to a sense of community in ...
    July 5, 2016 - 10:40 pm
  • Good Morning DeKalb County: Save us all time, don't merge until you have to

    Have you seen one of these diagrams that show a long line of traffic in one lane, and one car in another open lane that is about to close? They draw a ...
    July 1, 2016 - 11:31 pm
  • Olson: The Founding Fathers led a radical movement

    The 56 men who signed off July 4, 1776, on a document saying that their 13 colonies were really independent states and that they “hold these truths to ...
    July 1, 2016 - 12:00 am
  • Cheeky Mama: If dads can do as they like – why not moms?

    Given that the very first Cheeky Mama’ column was appropriately about Mother’s Day, I felt compelled to write about Father’s Day. By the way, I hope i ...
    June 29, 2016 - 11:57 pm
  • Olson: Traveling is fun, coming home is better

    Sometimes it helps to get out of town for a while. It’s good to see some different things and kind of puts in perspective some of the things we compla ...
    June 29, 2016 - 12:55 pm
  • Reader Poll

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