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A start to the 90th General Assembly

The 2024 session of the 90th General Assembly convened on Monday Jan. 8 with a somber tone in the aftermath of the shooting in Perry. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We are grateful for the first responders and the lives they saved by their prompt response.

Q&A: Transparency brings accountability to medicine

Q: How are you working to lower health care costs?


Restoring American energy production and independence

In 2019, the United States became energy independent for the first time in 62 years. However, on his first day in office, President Biden destroyed American energy production by killing the Keystone XL pipeline, banning energy development on federal lands and outsourcing our energy needs to our enemies. His failed energy policies have not only raised gas prices for our families but have also threatened our national and economic security.

Wisdom is in trouble

There aren’t a lot of people lining up these days to feel sorry for the sellers of news. More than a handful of you likely believe the news should be free, and the people who provide it should be more like public servants than paid employees of a private business.

Does county P&Z lookout for citizens or commercial interests?

In June, the P&Z commission decided they needed a new subcommittee to study changes to the wind turbine ordinance since the 2008 Dickinson County Wind Turbine Ordinance was adopted. During those 14 years, wind turbines have grown from 250-feet to more than 600-feet in height. There was much confusion about who would be on this new subcommittee. After much delay, the subcommittee members were chosen by the zoning administrator, Megan Kardell, and the county attorney, Steven Goodlow.

Nominating Trump defies our common sense

To my fellow Iowans:

As we prepare for the opportunity and responsibility that we as Iowans have been given to provide the country with a glimpse of what the future holds for our collective choice as president, I invite us all to take this upcoming caucus very seriously.

I am an independent voter, though I have chosen more often to vote Republican than Democrat. I have chosen this year to switch my voter registration to Republican to have my voice heard at this caucus.

Counties are duty-bound to protect citizens from hazardous CO2 pipelines

When the DCN published its 2023 Year in Review, CO2 pipelines were at the top of the list. This is not surprising as Dickinson County is in the footprint of Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposed CO2 pipeline. Heading into 2024, county boards bear a heavy responsibility as they deal with ordinances, while the state awaits the IUB’s decision on Summit’s permit application.

Q&A: Unfinished business in 2024

Q: What’s ahead in the new year?

A: The appalling violence at Perry High School this week was a shocking and tragic beginning to the new year. Barbara and I join the Perry community, and all of Iowa, in grieving for those affected by this terrible event. Our prayers will remain with the city of Perry as it heals. I’ll continue to follow the Perry community’s recovery closely and am available to help if any additional federal resources are needed.

Securing our border and protecting our families

Last December, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that more than 302,000 illegal immigrants were apprehended at our southern border, the highest number of crossings ever recorded in a single month in American history. This figure also comes on the heels of a CBP report confirming that more than 785,000 illegal immigrants were encountered at our border since last October alone. The numbers don’t lie.


By Pam Dressel - Christian Family Worship Center

Thank you for 10 incredible years

Don’t worry — or, perhaps, don’t celebrate — after reading that headline. I’m not going anywhere just yet. I’m just using a few inches of ever-more-valuable and rare newsprint to express my gratitude to anyone who has taken even a small chunk of their day to glance at any of the thousands of stories, photos or videos that I’ve produced in the last decade as the sports editor of the greatest little newspaper in the state of Iowa — and therefore the world — the Dickinson County News.

Banned from the ballot? It’s happened in Iowa before

Someone asked me a few weeks ago who was the most interesting politician I had ever covered. After thinking a few moments, I said one of the most interesting was a guy I hardly had the chance to cover because he was banned from the Iowa ballot.

Much like the Colorado Supreme Court has banned Donald Trump from the ballot, a former chief executive of Iowa was banned from returning to the governor’s office because of a conflict with the constitution.

A year of results for Iowa

As Iowa’s voice in Congress, I take my job very seriously and work every day to advance strong policies that benefit our families, farmers, main street businesses and rural communities. Serving on both the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Agriculture Committee, I’m proud to report that we’ve achieved many significant legislative victories.

Whistleblowers are government's greatest fraud fighters

 Courts should uphold precedent and preserve the False Claims Act.

Should our courts abandon 150 years of precedent and make it easier for wrongdoers to steal taxpayer funds? Fraudsters surely think so.

Joy to the world?


“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”


Dickinson County will lose without Red Rock Wind 

More than 15 years ago, a group of local farmers and landowners, including myself, came together to become part of an energy independence solution, using one of our strongest resources – the wind. Thus, the idea for the Red Rock Wind project was born, and we have invited and work together with an experienced developer, Invenergy, to make this project a reality.

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