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Moving with companies in mind

published online: 8/9/2015

Nobody ever said moving was easy! There is the packing, packing and packing - and then the longer unpacking. I would li ... Read More
Housing focus should be on youth

published online: 8/2/2015

You would think a city that has shrunk from 32,430 residents to 25,529 wouldn't have a housing problem. But Burlington h ... Read More
Straighten up and fly right!

published online: 7/26/2015

There are bound to be some hiccups in the road when you have a project the size of the $1.9 billion Iowa Fertilizer Co. ... Read More
It's hammer time

published online: 7/19/2015

You don't work on a farm without putting a hammer in your hand now and then. One of the more common times for using a c ... Read More
Out to pasture

published online: 7/19/2015

No July passes without baseball's All-Star game and no All-Star game passes without most middle-aged farm boys recalling ... Read More
Storytelling is a favorite farmer pastime

published online: 7/12/2015

You know what happens when you get a bunch of old farmers together? You get a bunch of old farmer stories. That occurre ... Read More
Iowa should raise the minimum wage in order to recruit

published online: 7/5/2015

Is Iowa short of Iowans? That question is referring to the fact Iowa's counties have low unemployment rates and there s ... Read More
Music festivals, venues add to region's draw

published online: 6/28/2015

Music can be a tourism draw, like moths are attracted to light, bringing fans to a designated location. Memphis, Tenn., ... Read More
Why does Monsanto want Syngenta?

published online: 6/28/2015

On the mid-1970s, southern Illinois dairy farm of my youth, we viewed Monsanto Co.'s new, systemic weed killer, Roundup, ... Read More
Capitalism offers the Chinese a sense of freedom

published online: 6/21/2015

What is a big difference between the two largest communist nations in the world, Russia and China? Russia never has gra ... Read More
Overall, rain is a welcome visitor

published online: 6/14/2015

Rain is a fickled aspect of Mother Nature when it comes to business. It can be an asset or a detriment. A downpour can ... Read More
Firms could learn something from the Cards

published online: 6/7/2015

When I was a kid playing Little League, I rooted for my favorite major league team - the St. Louis Cardinals. To me, th ... Read More
American exceptionalism - except for what we grow

published online: 5/31/2015

In the chaos that surrounded Congress leaving Washington, D.C., for a flag-waving Memorial Day holiday, your House Ag Co ... Read More
Going home again

published online: 5/31/2015

The adage "You Can't Go Home Again" began with a novel by Thomas Wolfe. It often refers to you not being able to relive ... Read More
Advice doesn't hurt when investing

published online: 5/24/2015

To most people, David Letterman's retirement Wednesday and Jon Stewart's upcoming out-to-pasture show Aug. 6, mark the e ... Read More
Women are taking care of business

published online: 5/17/2015

At the Greater Burlington Partnership's Small Business Appreciation Breakfast Friday morning at Comfort Suites, three of ... Read More
Hey, young readers!

published online: 5/10/2015

I'm going to say something outrageous. You don't need a college education in order to succeed in life. Not everyone wan ... Read More
Time to hunt, plant and build

published online: 5/3/2015

Things are piling, popping and sprouting. The piling is the amount of dirt amassing in a field at Flint Ridge Business ... Read More
Priced the same, it's a gas, gas, gas

published online: 4/26/2015

Is it collusion or not? I am referring to the price of gasoline within a given city. Any more, convenience stores and s ... Read More
VenuWorks should raise the bar

published online: 4/12/2015

Tourism is a large part of Burlington's wherewithal. The Mississippi River and other amenities draw people to the river ... Read More
Some business people have a law degree

published online: 4/5/2015

When viewers watch a courtroom drama on a favorite television show, they don't often consider the attorneys battling it ... Read More
US Steel to lay off 165 at western Pennsylvania plant

published online: 4/5/2015

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - U.S. Steel Corp. announced plans to temporarily lay off 165 workers at a western Pennsylvania plant. ... Read More
Businesses awake from winter slumber

published online: 3/29/2015

Geese flying high northward to their nesting grounds and robins pecking at the ground for food to feed their young once ... Read More
Will Carville's credo hold true in 2016?

published online: 3/22/2015

It is the economy, stupid. That was one of James Carville's battle cries during the 1992 presidential election, which h ... Read More
Spring sun can stir "the itch" on the farm

published online: 3/15/2015

It was "the itch." On days like this past week, with temperatures in the 60s, my father would have gotten antsy after t ... Read More

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