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Iowa must publish report cards reflecting school performance under state and federal law. Report cards help stakeholders understand how their schools are serving students and empower them to...
When Daryl Morey tweeted his support of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong last year, certainly he couldn't have expected the resulting backlash. Morey is the general manager of the Houston...
Families United Action Network (FUAN) announced that state Sen. Amy Sinclair and state Rep. Mary Wolfe have introduced a FUAN-recommended bill to stop the practice of suspending driver's licenses or...
Magic realism is most convincing when it places ordinary characters in extraordinary situations. That's exactly what South Dakota State University associate professor Steven Wingate does in his novel...
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...

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