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New arrivals on the farm

My book is now available on Kindle. It’s called “Protected.” To find the book on Kindle, put in my name first, “Curt Swarm,” as there are nu…

‘I Dreamed a Dream’ come true

“Les Misérables” will always have special meaning to me. Not only is it one of the best stage musicals of all time, but also it marked the b…

Mental Illness: Break the stigma

No one knew the pain my 26- years-old Zac was suffering, he never let them behind his mask.  His friends and co-workers were shocked when th…

Mom’s car

Among my circle of friends, I’m known as the “car guy.” I’m the guy you call when your car won’t start, or when you’re shopping for somethin…

Upgrading appliances

In the past year, we’ve had to replace all but one of the major appliances at our house. The lone survivor is of oven-stove top combo, which…

Extra credit

It was a small group of maybe 25 people who gathered last week at Newton DMACC for a Sexual Assault Awareness Month event. Community resourc…

Legislature must balance the budget

As we approach the scheduled final day of the legislative session (Tuesday) it is unfortunate we are not even close to gaveling out for the …

I’ve had enough

This time of year, once the temperatures begin to warm, I get antsy to be outdoors. The only problem is the outdoors at my house is looking …

#ThisZucks

“Bringing the World Closer Together.” Facebook, Inc.’s motto may not hold as much weight today as it did before the 2016 U.S. presidential e…

Life’s landmarks

Life is full of landmarks. Many of the greatest landmarks are still celebrated today and have become tourist attractions. The Taj Mahal, Vat…

Ensuring safe communities in Iowa

This past week, the Iowa Legislature passed Senate File 481, which would require local authorities to cooperate with federal immigration aut…
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