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Why I’m caucusing for DeSantis

As a Christian, husband, father, and American, I am deeply concerned about our country’s direction. We are at a crossroads, faced with the decision to vote for a generational leader, or a man who … more

The Driscoll Dispatch -- Jan. 18, 2024

The gavel has fallen, and the 2024 session of the 90th General Assembly has begun. This week has been filled with exciting results and projections for Iowa, including testaments from Governor … more

The week ahead: Jan. 4-10

Jan. 4: National Spaghetti Day Historians aren’t exactly sure about pasta’s origins: it may have originated in Italy, but also perhaps China. The first pasta dish is thought to date back … more

From the News Desk: Jan. 4, 2023

I’m a “Never look back, darling,” sort of girl, so reviewing the past year goes against my nature. But during the last week of 2023, that is what I did, going through a year’s … more

Huskie Highlites

The four weeks between Thanksgiving and Winter Break are probably the busiest weeks of the year. It seems like a long four weeks but then it goes by in a blur. Winter athletics start up in full game … more

Biden policies not responsible for property tax reform affecting Kalona library

News Editor Cheryl Allen’s Dec. 28 “From the News Desk” article unfortunately contained an untruth that is being promulgated by State Senator Dawn Driscoll concerning the reason for the impact … more

From the News Desk: Dec. 28, 2023

On Friday, Dec. 22 our publisher, Ron Slechta , returned to the office. It was a short visit, but there were smiles all around as we were happy to see him “home,” as our reporter TJ … more

Reflecting on Kalona connections

I grew up in Elkhart County, Indiana, and my first interaction with Kalona, Iowa was with a customer from Kalona who came to my father, a fruit buyer on the Benton Harbor Michigan Fruit Market. We … more

Our representatives need to take immigration seriously

Representative Miller-Meeks, quoting from your recent newsletter (12/15) on the subject of immigration, “There is still more work that needs to be done…[I] will continue to urge my colleagues to … more

Motorists appreciate walkers with light clothing, reflectors

As more and more people seem to be walking these days, it has been brought to my attention that motorists really appreciate those walkers who walk in the streets of Kalona who are wearing light … more

Smaller districts like Highland allow for more student participation

What is great about a small school in Iowa? Highland’s choir director, Jennifer McClenahan, and band director, Andrew McDonald, put on the Disney musical, Newsies, Jr, in Highland’s high … more

Greeting cards for men

One of the most frustrating chores for men is finding an appropriate greeting card. While shopping for an anniversary card for my wife several weeks ago (which was challenging enough) I was also … more

Streetscape is awesome, but more funds are needed

The first reaction of many people who have visited the Kalona Streetscape project inside the Wahl Museum at the Kalona Historical Village is to say, “This is awesome.” They are … more

The discriminating eater

My instinctive interest in eating became apparent the first day of my life, as it is with everyone, and expanded from there, on into an active lifelong attraction. Although, it has taken me a little … more

Letter to the Editor

Another Johnson County Fair has come and gone. I think it’s worth highlighting the sheer impact this fair has on the community and our youth.   4-H and FFA are organizations helping … more

People need to pick up after dogs

Last Wednesday as I was walking to the post office, I accidentally stepped in feces that someone’s dog left on a downtown Kalona sidewalk. I didn’t really notice it until I got inside the … more

We should celebrate Prop 12

Eliminating gestation crates will not only ease the suffering of mother pigs – it may also put some money back in the pockets of Iowa farmers.   The USDA funded a two-and-a-half year … more

California Prop 12 will hurt Iowa farmers

Iowa pig farmers care about their animals. We raise them from birth, feed them, nurture them, take care of their medical needs, and provide climate-controlled housing to ensure pigs are comfortable … more

Goodbye Horses: My Farewell to Kalona

About nine years ago, my mom called to tell me about a classified ad she noticed in the paper – the G****** I think it was. Thanks to her, I ended up at The News. After years of creating … more

Is this your Iowa?

Which important issues were supported by your state representative and state senator: Help low-income people feed their families, or help pay state administrators high salaries?   … more
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