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  • Iowa’s tradition of reading deficiencies

    Sue AtkinsonBaxterThe state of Iowa acknowledges a long history of reading deficiencies. The Iowa Re ...
    July 7, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • Is my microphone on?

    He was straight outta Brooklyn, Jack Chakrin, who changed his name to Jack Carter a long time before dying, at 93, on the other edge of America.
    July 7, 2015 - 11:13 am
  • Sheltered with compassion

    Before my mom became a nurse, she worked at Principal Financial and would often drop me off at my aunt Marci’s in Des Moines.
    July 6, 2015 - 12:16 pm
  • Kellogg celebration a great success

    Dave BarrKelloggI would like to thank everyone who participated in making the Kellogg Sesquicentenni ...
    July 6, 2015 - 12:15 pm
  • Heroes, villains

    Have you seen the new Jurassic Park movie, “Jurassic World?”It had the biggest opening of any movie ...
    July 6, 2015 - 12:15 pm
  • Disagrees with letter writer

    Linda BryantNewtonMichael Ware recently published a letter in NDN, laying out what he claims to be t ...
    July 6, 2015 - 12:15 pm
  • Dedicated to news

    Journalism plays an important role in our nation’s history. Would we be where we are today without the sharing of information in a mass format? The fo ...
    July 3, 2015 - 11:30 am
  • Starek: Artist, photographer and barn lover

    I was stunned by the hand-written letter from a stranger. Not only was the letter hand written (shock, shock), but the front of the envelope was hand ...
    July 3, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Pixar’s lesson for kids — and adults

    Pixar’s latest flick holds some major life lessons for kids — and adults, too.“Inside Out” takes pla ...
    July 3, 2015 - 11:26 am
  • Know thy neighbor

    I have a regret. I’ve always been told not to dwell on regrets, but if I don’t learn from them, then it’s a waste of an emotion. Like many regrets, it ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • A call to action

    Jazmine BjellandNewtonRecently, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community received so ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • Personal attacks cross the line

    Rep. Dan KelleyNewtonI am honored to serve the people of Jasper County as your state representative. ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:14 am
  • How this opinion page works

    Recently a local elected official took to Facebook suggesting that letters to the editor from certain individuals should not be published. The post al ...
    July 2, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • You are a part of your ‘ghetto’ town or school

    During my coverage of some recent events in various Jasper County communities, I overheard several young people talking down their own school or town.
    July 1, 2015 - 11:27 am
  • The goal of the same-sex marriage movement

    Late last week, after the Supreme Court of the United States declared without any Constitutional basis that the Constitution mandates same-sex marriag ...
    July 1, 2015 - 11:25 am
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