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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

Riverside gets speed signs on Highway 22

This week Riverside city crews put up signs on Highway 22 that flash drivers’ speed as they approach. One sign is on the east side of town near Schnoebelen Street, leading to Highland … 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

Letter: Wind easements come with ramifications

Editor: Wind energy companies are a profit-first businesses with no regard for farmers or agriculture as evidenced by their disregard for the greatest soils in the world with their choice of … more

Letter: Question to ask about e-cigarettes

Editor: We see many questions about what is in these electronic cigarettes and vaping, as well as the problems they are causing. We are asking the wrong question. The real question is why are … more

New website rolling out for News readers

The News will launch a new website complete with a new name, TheNews-IA.com. more

Time for Iowans to speak up for farmers

Editor: Iowans need to speak up for our farmers and against federal policies that endanger Iowa agriculture, our biofuels industry and our rural economy. A proposed rule from the U.S. … more

Letter: Trump should be impeached

Editor: A few years ago while delivering some Christmas goodies to one of my rural neighbors as I went to enter their house their dog Spike grabbed the back of my leg. I shook him off and my … 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

Highland dean supports students in the long run

Bill Zywiec had never run more than five miles at any one time.Last week, he surpassed that – by a long, long way.The Highland dean of students ran 23.25 miles after 192 of the school’s nearly … more

Highland crowns Butler and Brase as homecoming royalty

Matt Butler and Alyssa Brase were crowned Highland homecoming king and queen Wednesday evening. Highland plays Lisbon Friday night in the homecoming game, which will be followed by the homecoming … more

Highland voters will decide school bond on Tuesday

Highland school district voters head to the polls on Tuesday, Sept. 10, to decide if the district will issue $3.7 million in bonds to pay for a variety of improvements to buildings.Voters will need … 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
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