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I’ll try to put this as bluntly as he might have in one of his columns, although I lack his caustic wit and lean prose.

Donald Kaul, the journalist renowned both for his polarizing columns and for co-founding the cultural institution that is the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), is dying.

Of course all of us inch closer to the grave with every breath. Some of us have felt the end was nearing as we gasped up RAGBRAI’s steepest hills. And I can imagine Kaul feeling like he wants to die each time our president goes on Twitter to brag about his bigger button.

Sadly, I mean that Kaul is sick, so sick that he expects to die within the year. The prostate cancer that he has battled finally metastasized into his skeleton. Treatment has ended.


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