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I played in a softball tournament every Saturday in June when I was in high school. There were hot ones, rainy ones, and chilly ones (mostly hot). The weekend of June 9-10, I got to experience … more
An issue popped up this week in the Iowa Legislature that will impact every property taxpayer and property taxing authority. A mistake in calculating the rollback on multifamily residential … more
Think Outside, Inside, Over and Under the Box Have you ever pondered and searched, then purchased what you thought would be the perfect present for your favorite toddler? You wrapped it in fancy … more
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you. The 2023 session of the Iowa Legislature is underway. I would like to thank all of you in Senate District 6 for giving me the opportunity to be your … more
You are so blessed to have the Burgess Hospital in Onawa and the Drs., Nurses, Tec ’ s, the ones that draw blood, the ones cleaning the room, and let's not forget the food Service. I just spent … more
I'm not really a fan of Halloween. I never have been. Even though it isn ’ t my favorite holiday, I still like helping plan the downtown trick-or-treat and Halloween party in the park. I … more
In the column of “A View from the Hill,” let's talk about museums.  more
It is time for me to bid farewell to so many readers, contributors, and friends – but I can’t believe that it is time to say goodbye. I have resigned from the Missouri Valley Times News, The Dunlap Reporter, and The Mapleton Press. more
The US Navy employs highly trained dolphins in a variety of ways. At King’s Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia and at Naval Base Kitsap near Seattle, marine mammals use their astonishing diving and sonar abilities to help the Navy protect roughly one-quarter of the US nuclear arsenal. From facilitating mine clearance to conducting undersea surveillance, trained marine mammals aid homeland security missions and foreign operations for the US military. more
The largest bill to move out of each chamber this week was HF 2355, the Unemployment Insurance reform bill. There has long been a need to reform Iowa’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund laws in order to balance the need for those terminated through no fault of their own, against the need for the fund to grow during the good times of low unemployment. more
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