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  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Many of us know someone who has been sexually assaulted. After all, one in five women and one in 33 men experience rape, and 60,000 children each year ...
    April 17, 2017 - 9:51 am
  • Column: Cry me a river

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Dec. 7, 2015 I’m not a super outwardly emotional pe ...
    April 17, 2017 - 10:07 am
  • REAP cuts bad news for rural Iowa; Skiff hits home run with Gala

    Thumbs Down: The joint-Iowa House and Senate Agricultural and Natural Resources Appropriation Subcommittee has released its proposed fiscal year 2018 ...
    April 14, 2017 - 10:08 am
  • Will he remember that?

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published August 6, 2015We’ve always had a porch swing at our ...
    April 14, 2017 - 10:08 am
  • Column: Jovie is a morning person

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Dec. 15, 2016. One month ago, if someone would have ...
    April 14, 2017 - 10:22 am
  • Column: Rocking at the NCT

    In my eight years working at a newspaper, I have always had some sort of hand in getting the community theatre news in the paper. Whether it was filli ...
    April 13, 2017 - 10:37 am
  • NTC features gifted cast, music

    Thursday night we had the pleasure of experiencing the Newton Community Theatre’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Fritz and I agree that it wa ...
    April 13, 2017 - 10:18 am
  • Master Matrix is a failure

    Counties across Iowa are taking a stand on factory farms. More and more boards of supervisors are calling for a factory farm moratorium.
    April 13, 2017 - 10:18 am
  • Surviving Part 4

    This is the fourth and final installment of “Surviving” by Susie Clark. I don’t know of a braver person.
    April 13, 2017 - 10:17 am
  • On human nature and Mike Pence’s dinner partners

    week, the Washington Post published a long form piece about Vice President Mike Pence, which included a little tidbit that said, “In 2002, Mike Pence ...
    April 12, 2017 - 10:23 am
  • Protecting your constitutional rights

    Last week had a lot of floor debate due to the second funnel concluding. It was great seeing former senators in the chamber this week as they returned ...
    April 12, 2017 - 10:23 am
  • Insert song suggestions here

    Finding the right playlist may seem like a fun, no-brainer task, but as of late, picking the right lyrics and melodies has seemed daunting and has led ...
    April 12, 2017 - 10:23 am
  • Column: Being mom

    I don’t think anyone can ever be “ready” to raise kids. No matter how many books your read, blogs you view or any other ways you prepare, each kiddo h ...
    April 11, 2017 - 10:24 am
  • Death by Penumbra

    The Iowa House passed Senate File 471, which protects unborn children from abortion who are more than 20 weeks old in the womb. In addition, the House ...
    April 11, 2017 - 10:05 am
  • Same socks marriage

    Due to a teenage stint as a worker in a hotel laundry, I am a highly skilled folder. My wife discovered this soon after we married, when I offered to ...
    April 11, 2017 - 10:05 am