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House Happenings from Rep. Terry Baxter 1/16/2020 The second year of the 88th Session of the Legislature got off to a fast start. Monday, Jan. 13, the new leadership of the House Majority Party was...
March 2020 It has been a busy week up here at the Statehouse. We debated until after 9 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. Also, senators and representatives were briefed by the Iowa Department of Public...
You can contact me at dennis.guth@legis.iowa.gov or call me at 641.430.0424 with any questions or concerns. May 15, 2020 The Iowa legislature is scheduled to resume on June 3. We will have some...
That our nation will lose more than 100,000 to COVID-19 is a human disaster. It already has killed more people in a few months than die annually from the flu. The problem with COVID-19 is it is so...
The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified many problems in our country. One of the most glaring is the disappearance of local journalism. While people are increasingly turning to local journalists for...
Anytime a person reads a novel steeped in magic realism, a suspension of disbelief is required. When a magic realism novel is an urban fantasy filled with werebirds, werewolves and vampires, it...
I finished last week’s column by stating that the 1918 flu pandemic had reached Kossuth County around the first of October and that the illnesses and deaths had begun to mount. On Oct. 10, the local...
Rural Iowans have done a tremendous job of social distancing and reacting to the requests of the state and federal governments when it comes to the COVID-19 coronavirus – or we’ve just been lucky....
When I was growing up on my great-grandfather’s farm east of Lone Rock, numerous times during my youth my great-grandparents, Karl and Olga Ewoldt, talked about surviving the flu pandemic of 1918. At...
 I had a wrestling match last week with something called Flextape. I lost. Furthermore, I also lost three pairs of scissors and my temper. Flextape is the devil’s invention. It all started with a...

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