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By Shane Goodman

“Ban that book. I don’t agree with it. No, not that book. I agree with that one. Keep it. Just get rid of the ones I don’t like.”

Sound familiar? That is exactly what is going on right now in school districts across America and right here in central Iowa.

OUT OF THE PAST: Butter Was Mostly Buttermilk

By Gene Miller



150 Years Ago

THROWBACK: Minnie Fred Flong

How many people remember Minnie Fred Flong?

She was the face of Ridiculous Days for a good many years.

The View from Here - lots of information to deal with

By Sen. Dennis Guth

Feb. 4, 2022


A plan for strong public schools and fair taxes


By Jennifer Konfrst, Iowa House Democratic Leader

Sen. Grassley Discusses Foreign ownership of U.S. food companies and farmland

Feb. 4, 2022 - Sen. Charles Grassley Weekly Q&A


Q: What are your concerns regarding foreign ownership of U.S. food companies and farmland?

Highlights with Henry: A Productive Week

By Rep. Henry Stone, R-Forest City - Feb. 4, 2022

Wills: Reaction to Convention of States Column an Eye-Opener

By Rep. John Wills, R-Spirit Lake, House District 1

House Happenings - Rep. Terry Baxter

By Rep. Terry Baxter, R-Garner


House Happenings, February 3, 2022


By Rev. Thomas Cowell - Pastor, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Burt and Partnership Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church

The Environmental Christian

The topic of our adult Bible study at Trinity Lutheran-Algona and St. John’s Lutheran-Burt these past few weeks has been various issues in the realm of Christian ethics. Our most recent Bible study concerned the relationship of Christians to our environment.

On the merits

By Brad Hicks - Publisher

Some years ago when I lived in Ennis, Texas, a town of about 20,000 people built on cattle, cotton and the railroad about a half hour south of Dallas, I was invited to be one of the people to introduce a speaker at the Ennis Negro Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting. The speaker I introduced then introduced the Hon. Alfred Bennett, a federal judge serving in the Houston area, and a native of Ennis.

Group for writers begins

By Anne Kohlhaas 

Cheaper than cola in Wine Country

By Jim Sloter

Novel explores crash of 2008

By Michael Tidemann

Are we weird? 

And so begins Detroit-area writer Michael Zadoorian’s provocative novel, The Narcissism of Small Differences, a story of how a pair of Detroit hipsters approaching middle age negotiate the throes of the 2008 crash. 

Baxter: Commutation, .410 shot, deer hunting

From Rep. Terry Baxter, R-Garner:

I am working hard on three bills. One is a simplified version of the commutation bill I drafted last year that stalled out. It had great public support but was too big of a lift. This year’s bill simply makes the case that the legislature sees merit in looking at commutations for some of our adult lifers who have served over 35 years and have undergone verifiable change.    

Women’s right to vote repealed in Wyoming

Out of the Past - By Gene Miller

150 Years Ago

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