July 3, 2020
It’s an overcast and breezy afternoon. A lingering chill hangs in the spring air. It’s not a day particularly conducive to painting a large-scale mural on the exterior of a building. But painters Wendy S. Rolfe and Thérèse Mulgrew are making the best of it, adding the finishing touches to a vintage-inspired Dubuque postcard that...
Although women are considered the minority in professional music careers, Amy Dunker has defied the odds, excelling as not only a trumpet player and professor but as a composer. “My two career fields of trumpet and composition are extremely male-dominated,” said Dunker, a professor of music at Clarke University in Dubuque, where she teaches music...
There is a wonderful children’s picture book about a little girl who prides herself on being perfect. Every day when she awakes, she puts on matching socks, performs her chores without error and makes a sandwich with an exact 1:1 ratio of peanut butter to jelly. When she steps out the door on her way...
“The Scripps National Spelling Bee is canceled due to the ongoing concerns of COVID-19.” When I received an email that explained that this event was canceled, I was disappointed. However, I also was grateful for all the words I learned and what the process had taught me about working hard. I also knew that I...


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