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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...
3/29/2019 Iowa House Republicans seek to protect 1st Amendment on college campuses: College campuses used to be generally understood as places that welcomed the free exchange of ideas, unfortunately...
You can contact me at dennis.guth@legis.iowa.gov or call me at 641.430.0424 with any questions or concerns.   1/21/2020 The View From Here by Senator Dennis Guth The...
Algona's long goodbye with Kmart comes to an end this Sunday. The store will close with far less fanfare, I'm sure, than the day it opened way back when. Kmart was an early leader in the mass-...
It seems like we just turned the calendar to 2020, yet here we are in the middle of February. The chamber operates on a calendar-year structure, so with the turning of the new year, we also welcomed...
Here are topics I won't be writing about today: Politics. Well, okay, I might as well admit I caucused in the wrong precinct room at Algona High. It was fine, though. My vote counted, and I didn't...
As a small rural state, Iowa always has to fight for relevance. Our paltry six electoral votes make us the equivalent of a corner of New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Dallas-...
In the coming months, households will receive information in the mail about participating in the 2020 Census. The census is mandated by the United States Constitution which requires the federal...
I tried to emulate St. Francis of Assisi, who, it is said, loved all God's creatures. Really, I did. But I don't think even St. Francis loved bats. Statues of him (I have one in my yard) always show...
People who grew up in bygone days could stand in line at the grocery store and ponder the covers of various tabloids featuring the late Jean Dixon. She was a psychic and astrologer who made...

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