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  • Newton Seed Store has historical significance

    Mary HomeierNewtonI came to Newton in 1967 to teach elementary art in the Newton Community School Di ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:26 am
  • Mt. Pleasant’s blind mechanic

    Joe Tanner is intently working under the hood of a car at Whaley Auto Works in Mt. Pleasant. He is replacing a cooling line. What you wouldn’t know by ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:27 am
  • ‘Je suis Charlie’ —well — sort of

    Over the past two weeks, many of my friends outside the journalism world have asked me if I identify, in any way, with the victims of the Jan. 7 attac ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • Pipeline to nowhere

    When Maria van der Hoeven summed up the 20-year outlook for global energy investment in London last year, she identified a couple of daunting challeng ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 11:54 am
  • Opening week of the 86th General Assembly

    The 86th Iowa General Assembly is underway.This year’s session is scheduled to be 110 days long endi ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 10:58 am
  • Finding common ground this session

    We opened the 2015 legislative session this week and it was great to see my colleagues from around the state again and welcome the 21 new senators and ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 11:02 am
  • Blanket fort to the rescue

    With temperatures plunging below zero for weeks in a row, we have had to become creative during the daytime hours that have to be spent inside our hou ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Punching Charlie in the mouth

    Here’s the Charlie Hebdo controversy as it played out when I was in high school.Monday: Kid says to ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 11:28 am
  • Assembling The Dream Team

    Putting out a newspaper is a modern miracle.From selling advertising to running the press it takes m ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • The better option

    It’s easy to “fire” a business that rips you off. Just go to a different one. It’s a lot easier to patronize another business than to get government t ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Branstad and bullying

    Richard H. SchradMarshalltownIn his Condition of the State address, Governor Branstad again spoke ag ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Staying in touch this session

    The Iowa Legislature gaveled in on Jan. 12 for the 2015 session. It was an honor to sign my name in the official register as the new senator for the p ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Finding your new normal

    You’ve seen the plotline on television, even seen it in movies or read about it in books. It all seems so far away from that vantage point. Even when ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • Rioters by any other name

    Various members of my family have roots at Ohio State University, from college degrees to employment, so my husband and I were plenty happy to watch t ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 11:35 am
  • Finally, some common sense on cannabis

    Until recent years, marijuana prohibitionists have been able to intimidate most reform-minded politicians by simply threatening to brand them as “soft ...
    Jan. 16, 2015 - 11:35 am
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