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Mid-Prairie should continue mask mandate

Editor: As long-time residents of the Mid-Prairie Community School District, Tom and I are very upset by the division we are seeing between those who support mandatory mask wearing and those who … more

2020 Election: The year of the woman voter

“Women are the most consistent, reliable voting bloc across the country, across the elections, year in and year out,” according to Jeanette Senecal, senior director for elections, League … more

Johnson Co. eponym changed to honor pioneering Black scholar

Before I start this discussion, please allow me to explain what an eponym is. A namesake is a thing named after something else. An eponym is the person or thing for which the namesake is named. For … more

Halloween, fall updates from Wellman

As reported in The News last week, the City of Wellman, along with Kalona and Riverside, will be holding their trick-or-treat night on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 5-7 p.m. The cities, realizing how … more

Is Chuck Grassley a man of his word?

Editor: Friends, I am excited. By the time this is published, we’ll likely finally have an answer to what sort of character Charles Grassley has. In 2016, when a Supreme Court justice … more

“We must make the choice to be actively anti-racist”

“We must make the choice to be actively anti-racist” Hey fellow white people! Racism is alive and well here in Iowa. The events of this year have put a spotlight on big systemic … more

Relief for small businesses from senate committee

Izaah Knox has a passion for helping Iowans in our underserved communities. His non-profit, Urban Dreams, provides mental health and substance abuse supports, and helps folks get into college or … more

Plan your vote for an important election

A lot of people are going to spend a lot of time telling you the 2020 election is the most important in our history. Obviously, the only way we will know for sure is with the gift of hindsight. But … more

The great company of furry creatures

Tacked up close to my front door is a list of names to which I frequently refer. It’s an important list. No, it’s not a list of neighbors’ names. It’s a list of my current … more

College moving day has arrived for Kinzey

With all the delays, cancelations, and interrupted activities this year, my daughter Kinzey was starting to think this day would never come. And what day is this, you ask? Moving into College Day! … more

Education is an honorable and rewarding career

When I entered the teaching profession in 1982, my mother was very concerned on whether or not I would find a job.  The competition for teaching professions was very fierce and getting a foot … more

Tough times make me proud to represent Iowa

These past few months have not been easy on folks in our state. The coronavirus pandemic, and now, the Aug. 10 derecho, have tested Iowans and strained our resources. But Iowans are strong, and … more

Derecho reminded us how blessed we are

2020 just keeps on giving! This time it struck in the form of a derecho, a rare but powerful wind storm. The results are devastating: 80% of the structures in Cedar Rapids were damaged, and … more

‘Big Meat’ gets pass from Reynolds, Ernst

Dear Editor: President Trump and Senator Joni Ernst have been pretty tough on China lately. Trump blames them for the pandemic, conveniently ignoring the two months he fiddled while the virus … more

Memories of a decoder ring and Shirley Temple bowl

Not long ago, someone in my presence voiced the question: “What is this world coming to?” That, in itself, was not uncommon, but it did make me think of a like situation in a former … more

Government action in Portland was illegal

I have been horrified by the recent events in Portland. Unidentified federal troops in unmarked vehicles have been attacking civilians, using tear gas and other weapons that are not allowed during … more

School board faced a tough decision

For many years, I wrote a weekly mayor’s column for the Wellman Advance, but I haven’t written anything since the Advance stopped publishing as a standalone newspaper.  I am going … more

Thank you, Mid-Prairie school board members

Dear Editor: Thank you, Mid-Prairie school board members For what? For requiring all students and staff to wear masks when they return to school face to face Aug. 24. You would have missed a … more

We should all do our part to curb COVID-19 spread

Dear Editor: It concerns me that in the last two editions of the paper there is not one single picture of someone wearing a mask, as personal protective equipment to prevent the spread of … more

COVID-19 puts legislators, schools in uncharted territory

The Iowa Legislature wrapped up their suspended session in June.     To say that the conclusion of the 2019-20 school year and the start of the 2020-21 school year presented new … more
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