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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.

Clean, drain, dry for the sake of your lake

By Seth Boyes - News Editor


I'll start by saying I've never been a boat owner.

I've barely been a boat user in my time.

Q&A: 99 county meetings

By Chuck Grassley - U.S. Senator


The Lord's Prayer

By Pastor Gwen Dressel - Christian Family Worship Center

Our Father, which art in heaven
Hallowed by your name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those that trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom,the power and the glory forever.

Letter to the Editor

I am Colleen Lemkuil from Spirit Lake. I moved here from Indianola. I have two children who graduated from Indianola High School. They went to college at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. They live in Tokyo, Japan, and Portland, Oregon. I have three grandsons.

California vote should give Iowa pause on CO2 pipeline permits

By Seth Boyes - News Editor

I saw a headline the other day.

Word is the California Air Resources Board voted to ban the sale of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035. Now, normally I'd agree that our northwest Iowa who-cares-what-they're-doing-in-California mentality would appropriately apply here, but if we zoom out on the scenario just a little bit, we'll see that this decision has implications for something else that's coming down the pipeline.

Then and now: Reflections on headlines

By Doris Welle - Staff Writer


A nice and conscientious lady from Spencer found a couple of interesting newspapers when she was cleaning out and downsizing before moving to smaller living accommodations. The two newspapers she brought to us were very interesting.

Q&A: Canceling Student Debt

By Chuck Grassley - U.S. Senator

Q: What’s your view on the Biden administration’s move to cancel student debt?

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