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  • Sid’s Hen Field Farm

    On the way to Sid’s farm near Leon, Ginnie and I saw lots of turkeys, deer and one coyote. Sid calls’m “yotes.” South Central Iowa is mostly rolling h ...
    May 11, 2017 - 11:00 am
  • School calendar has twist you can’t miss

    I just found out the 2017-2018 school calendar is out. I remember seeing something about school getting out every Monday afternoon at 1:30 for Profess ...
    May 10, 2017 - 10:09 am
  • Pregnancy Center grateful for support

    The Pregnancy Center of Central Iowa wants to extend heartfelt thanks for the tremendous amount of support we received in the Annual Walk for Life, wh ...
    May 10, 2017 - 10:08 am
  • Racism, but only if it’s from groups the left hates

    n odd tweet appeared recently in my mentions from verified Twitter users — users prominent enough to be granted a blue check mark by Twitter itself. T ...
    May 10, 2017 - 10:09 am
  • Column: ‘13 Reasons Why’ you should notice the stigma

    There has been endless buzz about a Netflix series that was released last month. The show “13 Reasons Why” has prompted a good amount of bad reviews, ...
    May 10, 2017 - 10:27 am
  • Column: Trying to not turn red

    Following several days of rainy, gloomy weather, the sun finally decided to come out and shine in all of its glory last week. While I greatly apprecia ...
    May 9, 2017 - 2:21 pm
  • A tribute to a great NHS teacher

    During Teacher Appreciation week, two Newton School alumni would like to express sincere appreciation for the life, lessons and legacy of a truly grea ...
    May 9, 2017 - 2:20 pm
  • I wrote a book in a difficult time

    From time to time, Creators, the company I write for, gets out a book of my columns. The most recent book came out last Tuesday. It’s called “The Land ...
    May 9, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Break the chains

    My head spins.Before President Trump was elected, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai came on my TV show, upse ...
    May 8, 2017 - 10:26 am
  • Editorial: Newton should opt out of fireworks legislation

    This Independence Day could be a lot louder in Newton, and many other Iowa communities, after new developments from the 2017 Iowa Legislative Session.
    May 8, 2017 - 11:27 am
  • Change is never easy

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again ... I like routine. I like a plan. I like to know what each day has in store for me, this week, next week, ...
    May 5, 2017 - 10:03 am
  • Column: Jovie’s Bridge

    There's rarely a night since bringing our dog home in November we haven't walked across "Jovie's Bridge."
    May 5, 2017 - 1:35 pm
  • 2017 session includes some bipartisan accomplishments

    Although the 2017 legislative session did not provide much good news for Iowa students, working families and vulnerable Iowans, the Legislature took s ...
    May 5, 2017 - 10:03 am
  • Back on the boat

    Last summer, I wrote a few columns about my fishing excursions I went on with my boyfriend, Tim. I had loved fishing with my Grandpa Rodgers as a kid, ...
    May 4, 2017 - 10:22 am
  • What a great museum

    I just returned from a Sunday afternoon tour of our “updated” Jasper County Museum with a half dozen members of my family. What a great experience!
    May 4, 2017 - 10:20 am