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Hardline stances won't settle the abortion debate

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


I'm a tired young newsman, folks, but there's no way for me to not talk about what's happened in the last week. My generation has never known a world in which Roe v. Wade wasn't the law of the land — and in which it wasn't a surefire divisive issue.

Pants on fire

By Brad Hicks - Publisher


Disingenuousness is a nice word people use instead of asserting that someone is lying.

There’s a lot of disingenuousness in our country regarding the Dobbs decision regarding abortion handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court last week.

Q&A: Stop Pills that Kill

By Chuck Grassley - U.S. Seantor


Intentional GOOD this summer


By Brandon Morrow - Good News Community Church, Okoboji

Leonid & Friends wow crowds

Two sold-out performances attest to the talent and showmanship of Leonid & Friends. The audience arrived expecting to hear some great music and were definitely not disappointed. Wednesday night's audience included fans from 13 states. There was a large waiting list that unfortunately did not get to hear this amazing troupe of musicians.

Thank you gay Christians


This month, the world's LGBTQIA+ communities come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. June is marked with education, parades and conversations centered around the past, present and future of this marginalized community.

Concern over proposed RV park

I am writing to express my concerns over a proposed 88-plus unit RV park being proposed just across the street from East Lake in the Kelley’s Beach area. Developers are scheduled to appear in front of the county’s Board of Adjustment at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27. This RV park will sit on a very narrow dead-end road that already does not have a shoulder, sidewalk or path.

Q&A: Inflation swallows up savings

Q: What are you hearing from Iowans about inflation?


Securing critical minerals is essential for America’s national security

Over the past year, we’ve seen the world become a more dangerous place. From Afghanistan to Ukraine, America’s enemies are on the march. Today, our country faces threats from emboldened adversaries around the planet like Russia, Iran, China and violent extremist organizations in Africa and Afghanistan.

Author of life



Acts 3: 1-10

Double the pleasure with big bands


In many parts of the United States, big bands are a lost art. Not here in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. The area is fortunate to have two big bands with big horn sections and very talented rhythm sections. Not only that, they each play every week.

Battling biases


Gannett, publisher of USA Today, hundreds of newspapers across the country and most recognizably in our state, The Des Moines Register, announced in recent days that it is reducing editorial pages in its markets. The company said it would be instead doing a more reader-interactive format. Editorial pages will not completely disappear from Gannett properties, but they will be less frequent.

Two items in Gannett's announcement struck me.

A Christian nation – for how long?


Waffle fundraiser supports ongoing OST stage productions


Thank you to everyone who attended and enjoyed our first Dad’s Belgian Waffles fundraiser at the Okoboji Summer Theater on Memorial Day weekend. A special thank you to the many volunteers who helped to make the morning a success.

CAASA thankful for Good Neighbor support


Centers Against Abuse and Sexual Assault received a generous grant from the Good Neighbor Fund for Okoboji and Spirit Lake this year, and we want to extend a sincere thank you to the Good Neighbor Fund and to everyone who donated to the fund to make it possible. CAASA provides services to sexual assault survivors in 19 counties in northwest Iowa, including Dickinson County.

Are our rights absolute?

Recently President Joe Biden made the statement that “No amendment, no amendment to the Constitution is absolute." So, I thought I would explore that a bit but want to state up front that this statement, the way the president said it, is about all rights, not just the Second Amendment to the Constitution because President Biden said, "No amendment." At the same time in the same speech, President Biden talked about executive orders that he intended to sign, and he made the statement that “Thes

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