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Revenue Estimate Update

The Revenue Estimating Conference, or REC met this week to give a better outlook of the state's budget.

Peace from within

By Clint Loveall - First Presbyterian Church of Spirit Lake

If I’m being honest, I’m not the biggest Christmas music fan. It’s not so much that I don’t like it, but it feels overdone to me and usually by Christmas I am worn pretty thin by even the favorites. I know for many, the music is one of their favorite parts of the season, and I’m happy they get so many chances to enjoy the songs, but I’m ok leaving most of them behind for another year.

Trio comes through again

For more than a decade now, we could count on a trio of excellent musicians to usher us into the Christmas holiday season with humor, warmth and fine music. We affectionately refer to it as the DD&R Show.

Damon Dotson, Dave Rowley and Ryan Sather began entertaining us during the holidays in 2010. (They have only missed the COVID year.)

Snow in the road is a no go

I'm pretty Iowan.

I hardly think of dressings that aren't ranch.

I've avoiding hitting a deer with my car only to have the deer turn around and run headlong into my drivers side door.

And I enjoy a good snow until I'm the one that has to shovel it off my driveway.

It's that last one that's on most people's minds these day, of course.

Q&A: Medicare fraud

Q: How is waste, fraud and abuse weakening Medicare for current and future generations?


You just never know...

Dear Readers: The following is column written by a fellow named Bob Thompson, who was a teacher and coach in my hometown. It is reprinted with permission.

Here's the story about a young man who was engaged to be married. He was in love, and his life was infected with that special pride and that vibrant joy that is peculiar to lovers.

The tale of the Toymaker

There once was a toymaker.

But he was more than a toymaker. Call him an engineer, an architect, a designer, if you will. He created many fantastic things. He settled down to making toys, not because he couldn’t make other things, but because toys delighted him so. There were two special toys, fashioned like a boy and a girl that he designed with extra special care.

$600 now buys you a new tax form

When was the last time you spent $600? Maybe it was paying your rent through Venmo or buying a couch from a neighbor using PayPal. Well, the Biden Internal Revenue Service is now planning to monitor these minor transactions.

Q&A: Outlook on Next Farm Bill

Q: What’s in store for the new Farm Bill?


Messy Christmas...

Pastor Loveall's "Messy Christmas" has been republished several times since it first ran in the Dickinson County News, and the paper's news staff saw fit to once again share it with readers this year.

By Rev. Clint Loveall — First Presbyterian Church

Well wrought words from a past pressman

I'm finding more and more that I and one of my predecessors long-past would have probably gotten along quite well.

Concert jazzed us into the Christmas spirit

If you weren’t full of Christmas spirit by Saturday night, the Jazzed Up Big Band of Okoboji brought you there in style.

The band’s concert in the Roof Garden at Arnolds Park was everything one could hope for. Outstanding  musicians, lively music, colorful decor and a big crowd.

Q&A: ‘Tis the season for shipping and shopping

Q: What’s the outlook for this holiday shopping season?

Tackling our nation’s most pressing yet overlooked crisis

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan famously remarked that “we don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.” Exactly 40 years later, these words still ring true as Washington’s addiction to spending has only worsened.

CO2 pipeline owners hold the line against Summit Carbon Solutions

Landowners along the route of Summit Carbon Solutions hazardous CO2 pipeline are holding the line against the company’s strong-armed attempts to pressure us for our signatures. After more than a year of working to get signed easements, Summit only has a little more than half of those needed.

Giving Tuesday: Give wisely this year

Be sure your generosity doesn’t feed someone else’s greed  

'Tis the season for giving. As the holiday months approach, many Iowans choose to show their gratitude for another year by donating to help others. 

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