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The beauty of when plans fall apart

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Some travel plans fell through for my family this weekend, but something beautiful came out of it anyway.

Rather than driving to the complete opposite side of the state Friday night, we only went about half-way there — opting to spend the weekend in my hometown. Initially, that was a bit of a disappointment to my children, but they didn't need too much convincing to get them excited for our new plan.

How your home is assessed — and what to do if you don’t like it

By John Wills - Speaker Pro Tem


Democrats’ misplaced priorities are creating problems for the rest of America

By Joni Ernst - U.S. Senator


In almost every single county I visit on my 99 County Tour, I see help wanted signs. From public schools to the National Guard, Iowa is facing a shortage of nearly every essential worker our economy depends on.

Q&A: “rainbow” fentanyl targets kids

By Chuck Grassley - U.S. Senator


Q: What do parents need to know about “rainbow” fentanyl?

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By Gary Lambert — Light of the Lakes Friends Church


Enough is enough: Bad behavior by coaches, parents and fans must stop

There’s an unfortunate trend continuing in Iowa and across the nation that must be addressed: the negative behavior of some coaches, parents, and fans at high school athletic events.

Far too often, we see yelling, harassment, disrespect, and even physical assault directed at high school referees, umpires, and other officials during and after games. Often, the harassment continues on social media. Perhaps you’ve witnessed it firsthand — or even engaged in it yourself.

A moment in history inside a thin, scuffed frame

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


They say you only need two items to make a collection — so I guess I collect editorial cartoons now.

Not too long ago, I and my family were browsing through second-hand picture frames at Cherished Again in Milford, and I spied one that still had something in it.

House Republicans prioritize child care for working families

By John Wills - Speaker Pro Tem


Over the last two years, House Republicans have prioritized expanding access and lowering the cost of childcare throughout the state. Below is an expansive list of the bills signed by the Governor during the last general assembly.

• Child Care Off-Ramp (HF302) – established a state funded off-ramp program from Child Care Assistance that will gradually increase cost-sharing from families as they increase their income.


By Chuck Grassley - U.S. Senator


Q: What is the PACT Act?

The problem is always sin. The answer is always Jesus.

By Kurt Trucksess - CrossWinds Church


Let's explore additional resource officers before arming school staff

The Spirit Lake School Board's Sept. 12 meeting was attended by all five board members, the superintendent, the board’s attorney, several faculty and administrative staff. It was their unanimous attempt to pass a school policy that would allow 10 school personal to carry concealed guns on school property. They would have 40 hours of training versus a police officer who receives many hundreds of hours in training for crisis situations.

Hit Men appear at art center again

By Doris Welle - Performance Reviewer

Last Wednesday night was not the first time the Hit Men performed on the stage at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. The results were similar. We all went home with our ears hurting.

The Hit Men are a very talented group of musicians who have all played back up to very famous performers. Steve Murphy has worked for projects by Elton John, Eric Burdon and Chuck Negron, to name a few.

Q&A: Community pharmacies

By Chuck Grassley - U.S. Senator


Q: How do Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) inflate prescription drug costs?


By Pastor Perry Aalgaard - First Lutheran Church

Today, we live in a very individualized society, one where it is very common to focus on personal wants or needs in the moment and to forget about the impact it might have on others. We have many opportunities for hurts.

Letter to the Editor

It is nice to know that for as little as $5,000, a small farming community can be bought. On July 19, 2022, the city of Marcus sent a letter to the Iowa Utilities Board in support of the Summit Carbon Solutions CO2 sequestration pipeline. On the same day they sent their letter of support, Summit Carbon Solutions donated $5,000 to the Marcus trail project.

Several unanswered questions require a pause to hazardous C02 pipeline permits

In his recent op-ed, Seth Boyes is correct in his assessment that a recent California vote should give Iowa pause on permits for hazardous CO2 pipelines. The regulation bans the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. This past week, 17 additional states indicated they may enact similar rules.

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