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Putin’s war threatens global food security


Broad strokes miss important details

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Our community — as well as those beyond it, I suppose — were offered a query the other week, which one of our state legislators feels is capable of clearly separating education from indoctrination in Iowa schools.

Brothers' keepers


By Brad Hicks - Publisher

Q&A: May is National Beef Month

By Chuck Grassley - U.S. Senator
Q: What’s your beef with the meatpacking industry in America?

Bidenflation is crushing Iowans

By Joni Ernst - U.S. Senator

Cherish Center Receives Support from The Good Neighbor Fund




Practice resurrection


By Rev. Deb Mechler

Indoctrination in Iowa


By John Wills - Speaker Pro Tem

Biden’s border crisis is historic, for all the wrong reasons


By Joni Ernst - U.S. Senator

Q&A: Veterans Honor Flights

By Chuck Grassley - U.S. Senator
Q: What are Veterans Honor Flights?

Letter to the Editor: Thank you to the Good Neighbor Fund

I wish to extend a sincere thank you to the Good Neighbor Fund and its generous local supporters for the 2021 grant awarded to Atlas of the Lakes Area. We are dependent upon such financial gifts and the support of individuals across the community to be able to provide assistance and mentoring help to area residents experiencing life crisis situations. We are truly grateful for community support for the ministry.
Dave Butterworth
Spirit Lake

Some thoughts from a teacher's son

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


The Janitor Problem — the false perception that, because a school building is clean and litter-free each morning, it collects neither dirt nor trash during any given day.

Don't bother typing the phrase into Google or dusting off that old copy of Webster's. You won't find it.

Iowa's rules can be changed mid-game, but be consistent about it

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


Consider for a moment two bills which were recently proposed in the Iowa legislature — one to stop private companies from using eminent domain, another to stop transgender individuals from playing girl's sports at Iowa schools. One became law last week. The other — the eminent domain bill — didn't make it farther than a subcommittee in the Iowa Senate before legislative support ran dry.

State Sen. Carlin's snake oil bill scares the bejesus out of me

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


The bottle pictured with this column is likely unfamiliar to many of us these days, and there's a good reason for that. It once contained Syrup of Figs — or at least that's what the California Fig Syrup Company was peddling it as.

The now-not-so-well-known "medicine" was pretty pervasive in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was one of many products during that era advertised as a lickety-split cure for all kinds of ills.

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