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  • Get outside this weekend

    As summer begins to wrap up in the coming weeks, make sure to enjoy this nice Indian summer weather with some outdoor events.
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Howard Snook lived as a humble servant

    Jasper County lost another one of its greatest citizens this week. I was deeply saddened to hear of Howard Snook’s passing. Howard was a World War II ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • Daytime adventurer

    There sure is a lot of fun that comes along with grandparenting.I’m not talking about the classic gr ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:51 am
  • What’s the plan for Newton schools?

    First off, I am in total agreement that the Berg School Complex needs to be replaced. More than a year ago, I attended the very first public meeting h ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • ‘Come with me if you want to live’

    Editor’s Note: This column orginailly published on Sept 9, 2015.We were backing out of the Dowling C ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Aronia, alternative crop for farmers?

    Aug. 19: Harvest day on the Mark and Jane McConeghey farm outside of Monroe. The mechanical harvester moves through the lush, green aronia bushes sele ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Supports Payton for Iowa House

    At the League of Women Voters forum on May 19, 2016, the supporters of Wes Breckenridge heckled and laughed at our representative, Dan Kelley. This wa ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Shocked by facts of Berg Complex

    The Sept. 13 vote for the Berg middle school project is very important. I was shocked by the facts about the current Berg space I discovered as I prep ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:17 am
  • Sounds like an (un)broken record

    I didn’t have a large record collection growing up. I don’t remember our family having a ton of extra money. We had a place to live and food to eat, b ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:40 am
  • Trump isn’t an easy decision

    Serious acrimony has now broken out among conservatives regarding whether to vote for Donald Trump.A ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:39 am
  • Surveillance isn’t colorblind

    During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr. — all under the veil of proper legal process. Today, the FBI ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:39 am
  • Our first day

    Tuesday is a big day. My baby is going to kindergarten.I really thought I was ready. There are so ma ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 11:33 am
  • Horrified by Bakken pipeline

    My husband and I are horrified as we watch the Bakken pipeline going in around town. Of course, the pipeline will carry crude oil which is fossil fuel ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Things I learned on the street

    I’m a newspaper reporter for a midsize daily paper in an economically depressed Massachusetts city. While I’m not on the “crime beat,” the paper has a ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:58 am
  • Get going Jasper County drivers

    I’m starting off by apologizing for stepping on anyone’s toes but this issue needs to be addressed. I commute every day to Des Moines and it is sad to ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 10:56 am