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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

Wear white at night to be seen by drivers

I am a big fan of the programs Backtracks and Blue Avenue on Iowa Public Radio, hosted by Bob Dorr. Mr. Dorr always signs off from a show by telling people to “wear white at night, unless … more

Should excluded workers get ARPA funds?

One of the most frequent topics of conversation is how to handle people who were not eligible for the previous COVID relief money. Many refer to this group as “excluded workers.” I am not … more

Remembering Mama and Daddy’s rules to live by

At various times throughout the years, there will always be certain things that will cause us to think back in time to those whom we have known and want to remember. Sometimes the memories are happy, … more

Is Mid-Prairie prepared for a mass casualty event?

In light of recent school shootings I have to wonder how well prepared the Mid-Prairie school district is prepared for a mass casualty event? I met last year with a few district leaders and one thing … more

Where to turn when the holidays get stressful

The holidays are wonderful, but they can also be stressful. Sometimes finances or family or having to organize get togethers can cause more stress and anxiety as the year winds down. Sometimes it can … more

The after-dinner listing of what we’re thankful for

I treasure Thanksgiving. There’s something wonderful about sharing a huge meal around a table with people you love — it’s magical. This year Seth and I are unable to travel to … more

This Thanksgiving may break the bank under Biden

Over-cooking the turkey. Making sure there is enough food for each guest. In-laws overstaying their welcome. These are the typical concerns we think about during the Thanksgiving holiday. But this … more

On deciding how to spend ARPA funds

You have probably heard that Johnson County and all our cities have received generous funding from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). In the case of Johnson County, … more

Johnson Co. faces legislative openings

Another legislative shoe dropped this week with State Representative Mary Mascher announcing her retirement after 28 years in the Iowa House. I am getting old, and I have been involved in local … more

Updates from The News’ publisher

On December 2, The News will be publishing our annual Winter sports section featuring basketball and wrestling teams from Mid-Prairie, Hillcrest, Pathway, Highland and Lone Tree.  Not every … more

It’s never too early for Christmas decorations

I love Christmas. I love carols and Christmas songs, I love Christmas decorations, I love Christmas cookies and treats, I love winter weather —I am from Michigan, after all — but above … more

Lovina's Amish Kitchen

4 a.m. Our alarm rings, and it’s time to get up. I was so used to getting up an hour earlier with daylight savings time that I always wake up at 3 a.m. now. Sometimes it’s hard to fall … more

Questions that aren’t being asked about vaccinating your children for COVID-19

There’s more than one way to hide the truth. Omitting key pieces of information can be just as damaging as telling an outright lie. Did you know that… According to the CDC, as of … more
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