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Remember high school graduating seniors

High school graduation is a time of great joy for many people. It is a rite of passage, a large mile marker on the highway of life. In small towns like Kalona, Riverside, Wellman and Lone Tree, … more

Iowans will get through this – together

Over the last few weeks, Iowans from every corner and county of our state – our families, health care workers, local store owners, farmers, seniors, and so many more – have faced … more

Nielsen joins in calling for shelter-in-place

As COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, I wanted to share a brief update with you.  Even as positive cases hit more than 1,000 in Iowa, it’s likely that number will continue to … more

Heroes in the fight against coronavirus

One of my memories, one that had been tucked away back where the cobwebs congregate, is from that day in 2004 when the oldest Evans daughter graduated from Saint Louis University. The graduates … more

Some exploit ‘free speech’

Editor: We have some unusual things going on in this country. Since day one, our motto has been “In God We Trust.” To accompany that, we have a thing called free speech – … more

Pleasantview Home gets clean report from state

Editor: First, let me thank all the individuals and groups who have offered assistance to Pleasantview in the form of personal protective equipment, groceries and other items, in supporting our … more

Iowa needs a ‘shelter in place’ order

As the COVID-19 situation continues, public cries for a “shelter in place” order grow louder. I am going to share a few thoughts on this and related matters. I have said this many … more

COVID-19 is reality, not science fiction

I have always been a big fan of science fiction books and movies. A common theme among many of these novels and movies is when a virus strikes the world and causes a pandemic. Some movies focus on … more

Thanks to all of the COVID-19 heroes

Heroes are all around us. You see them everywhere. At the top of the list are our doctors, nurses and other health professionals who go to work to take care of COVID-19 patients as well as those … more

COVID-19 vs. you; are you ready?

When your body encounters the coronavirus, how will it respond? Will it struggle against the invasion, or will it kick the virus out with a strong immune response? In sport and in health, we need … more

Trust God is the answer when world is in bad shape

Editor: I am so glad for all the things that were suggested in The News. It seems like this is a good time for families to go for a walk together outside and get fresh air and also do special … more

Thanks for people with foresight on COVID-19

Things could have been much worse in Kalona and Wellman if not for the foresight of Mid-Prairie Superintendent Mark Schneider. Schneider pushed the school board to cancel the school’s fine … more

Gardening and games keep family busy

Today was such a beautiful sunny day with the temperature around 60 degrees. Everyone is home due to the coronavirus precautions. It seems so different to not set an alarm. Of course, we sleep later … more

State of Iowa responding to COVID-19

The state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak is quickly evolving, with decisions being made and changes implemented by the hour. The most important updates for Iowans will come from the … more

Johnson County locks down county buildings

I have been extremely busy with the coronavirus outbreak. It is scary, and there are a lot of things we simply do not know. Things will change daily; perhaps hourly. I know it is difficult, but we … more

Life in the time of COVID-19

There is much uncertainty today. One thing is certain: Our lives have changed greatly in the past 10 days. Schools are closed. Tables sit empty in restaurants. Nursing homes and hospitals … more
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