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So much gratitude for Thanksgiving gatherings

We are already in the last month of 2019! December came upon us so fast. Christmas is two weeks from today. The year is almost over. As we prepare for the holidays let us remember that Jesus is the … more

A foggy morning and Thanksgiving pumpkin roll

The sun is trying to peep through the fog. It is very foggy this morning and visibility isn’t very good. The fog light on top of the bus was bright, though, when Kevin left for school. I always … more

Small towns need congressional help

Members of Congress representing Middle America have been talking about the challenges facing the Midwest for years, but our warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. Why? Because too often, … more

Ongoing issues as budget talks begin

Johnson County is beginning the budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21), which will begin July 1, 2020. Here are some ongoing budget issues, and my take on them: General Fund versus Rural … more

Chocolate chip cookies warm up wintery day

Lovina shares her day with a diary entry from Nov.  20, 2019 3 a.m. Alarm rings! I pack my husband Joe and son Benjamin’s lunches for work. Joe goes to the basement to add coal to the … more

Winter weather and chocolate pecan caramels

The leaves are not all off our trees yet. We didn’t get around to raking up the ones on the ground, either. “Old Man Winter” arrived before we were prepared. In the last few days it … more

Attendance critical for elected officials

I remember walking into the Johnson County Courthouse that day. I had done so many times before, but this time felt different. It was late June, and I had recently been one of three candidates for … more

Congressional inaction threatens the Midwest

Members of Congress representing Middle America have been talking about the challenges facing the Midwest for years, but our warnings have largely fallen on deaf ears. Why? Because too often, … more

First snow, Sunday rest, family celebration

The ground had a thin layer of snow this morning. Our leaves are still not raked up. Maybe snow will cover them. Out of sight—out of mind. I’m just not ready for snow but we will take … more

Iowa can do better on education funding

Sir Walter Scott, a Scottish author and novelist, was correct when he said “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” The phrase may apply to Walt … more

Heating assistance applications began Nov. 1

Beginning Nov. 1, Iowans may start filing applications for limited financial heating assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The program’s annual application period … more

House needs to ratify trade agreement

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ratified in 1994. That was three years before Wi-Fi became available to the public, five years before USB drives were invented, 12 years before … more

Demand remains high for new license plates

With nearly 20,000 plates sold since first becoming available July 1, the demand for Iowa’s new blackout license plates still remains high.  The black and white plates, approved during the 2019 … more

Buttigieg has moral compass and impressive set of values

Why do I support Pete Buttigieg for president?  Pete is simply the most qualified and presidential candidate in a strong Democratic field. By that I mean – beyond Pete’s world class … more

Ceiling fans can be mind-numbing

My girls and I went camping this summer and reserved a little cabin in the woods at Lake Darling State Park. Usually we set up a tent but due to the possibility of storms we chose a cabin this … more

Belize trip produces adventures and visit to Mennonite community

I had the opportunity of traveling to Belize on an EF Tours trip with my daughter Kinzey right after school let out this past spring. EF stands for Education First. They are a travel company that … more

It was fun hearing reminisces of Village

During the week of July 8, the Kalona Historical Village celebrated its 50th anniversary with Mayor Herington declaring the week of celebration Museum Week. On Wednesday evening, Marilyn Woodin … more

Editorial: Drawings show promise for Shiloh property

The city of Kalona released drawings showing possible uses for the Shiloh church property.The possibilities are breathtaking.The drawings, done by RDG Planning and Design, focused on environmentally … more

Funds available for worker training

In April, the Legislature appropriated $1.2 million for a new program called the Iowa Employer Innovation Fund.   The program is a grant opportunity for Iowa businesses to expand opportunities … more

Iowa women have led way for rights

Throughout its history, Iowa has been a place where women break barriers. Time after time, Iowa women have shown if they set their minds to something, work hard and believe in themselves, they can … more
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