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Mid-Prairie bond referendum to address educational space needs

The construction projects that will be made possible with the passage of the March 1 bond referendum were the result of a process started by a District Facilities Committee back in April 2018.  … more

Biofuel, workforce shortage bills in the Iowa House

We took our first vote of the 2022 Legislative Session this week in the Iowa House. It was a vote I was very proud to cast because it’ll help support our renewable fuels industry here in … more

Return to work, victim protection bills

My Return to Work Incentive legislation (SF 2161) is in response to conversations I’ve had with local employers. I believe this carrot approach to getting people back to work will be more … more

M-P bond referendum: Why will there be two questions on the ballot?

In this week’s column, I am going to focus on the reason why there will be two questions on the bond issue ballot on March 1. Our current total property tax rate in the district is $13.23 … more

Mid-Prairie bond not focused on education

Schools, traditionally, had been institutions that placed education as priority number one. It was the very reason for them to be in existence. Somewhere along the way arts, athletics, and special … more

Nielsen: “Lawmakers should behave better than second graders”

When you think of the Iowa State Capitol building, what things first come to mind?  The beautiful architecture, the hard work done in the name of Iowa families, the solemn reverence for the … more

Miller-Meeks gives harmful information to the public she represents

I as a retired family practice physician have some questions regarding physician politicians who use their public forum to give harmful information to those they represent. As reported in the … more

Ernst criticizes without offering solutions

I find it sad Senator Ernst uses so much energy to criticize President Biden on his policies when it would be nice to hear from her what solutions she proposes to help Iowans she describes as … more

Kinney aims to fix workforce crisis

State Senator Kevin Kinney of Oxford joined other members of the Iowa Legislature for the start of the 2022 Session this month. “We’ve got to fix Iowa’s workforce crisis. Too … more

Reflecting on Biden’s first year failures

Just over a year ago, I joined my colleagues — Democrats and Republicans — on the front steps of the United States Capitol for the inauguration of President Biden. He told the American … more

Second Amendment, education bills in Iowa Senate

The pace of activity picked up in week two of the legislative session. Subcommittee meetings are in high gear as we start our work on the many proposals we have for this year. One of the … more

Memories from long ago: Winter solstice & oyster stew

As seasons go, they are not that variable: Winters are winters as far as I’m concerned; some are good, some not so good. The way I remember them most vividly is that every year, in the long ago … more

Sheriff deserved a raise for service to community

This is in response to a letter to the editor in The News the week of January 6, 2022. So, the sheriff got a raise. Great, good for him! In this sad time of “big cities” defunding the … more

Ernst condemns Democrats protecting the right to vote

In a recent speech on the Senate floor Senator Joni Ernst decried Democratic efforts to protect the right to vote. Ernst claimed the Democrats are “using fake hysteria… to blow up the … more

Be careful of ice-covered quilt blocks in downtown Kalona this winter

I ended 2021 with a big bang! I am not talking about fireworks or anything like that. Friday afternoon the weather seemed good enough that I could finish the year by walking the mile from The … more

Thank you, Bob Dole and Veterans

It was with great pleasure and nostalgia, watching the services for the great Senator Bob Dole from Kansas, who passed away at age 98. It was all so emotional and gut-wrenching — from … more

Our pets leave paw prints on our hearts: On saying goodbye to a well-loved dog

My sweet dog, Skillet, passed away over the weekend. We adopted Skillet as a senior dog from the Iowa City Animal Care and Adoption Center right at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. She … more

Covid Vaccinations

Received my third Covid vaccination and that gives me some sense of comfort. Statistics show that vaccinated people on the whole, if they do contact the virus, do not die or require hospitalization. … more

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum to undergo renovation

Iowa values are timeless. But in our divided times, we may need a nudge to remember that Iowans have long embodied honesty, generosity and altruism. One of the great symbols of that spirit sits in … more

Mid-Prairie to go ahead with $37.6 million in projects, bond referendum

Assessing a school district’s long-term facility needs is an important and ongoing process. During the last 21 years, there have been four major facility need studies at Mid-Prairie conducted … more
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