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  • 10 places to Christmas shop small this season

    As Christmas approaches yet again, it seems as though there’s not a lot of shopping options in Newton — which is why it’s extremely important that we ...
    Nov. 21, 2014 - 10:44 am
  • Polar vortex or no polar vortex, it's slick out there

    Iowa roadways during the colder months can become quickly traitorous. But as the powder melts away every March and cities put away their salt and sand ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • Wind-turbines, junk and football

    Just like the movie, “Nebraska,” the road to Lincoln, in this case I-80 in western Iowa, cut through rolling cattle country, terraced crop land, and f ...
    Nov. 20, 2014 - 11:05 am
  • It's time to tell other stories

    For most of my adult life, my main task has been telling the stories of athletes — most of them school-age athletes.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 10:26 am
  • Think positive thoughts

    With snow on the ground and temperatures in single digits, winter seems to be officially here, even if not on the calendar for another month. I am not ...
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • From tragedy to triumph

    A 9-year-old girl with no bed.A mother evicted following the sudden death of her husband.A family di ...
    Nov. 17, 2014 - 11:09 am
  • Some things we don't talk about

    It was late in the evening Tuesday night and I had just gotten home from watching two hours of The Voice at my mom’s.
    Nov. 18, 2014 - 4:14 pm
  • Iowa voters know their ballot counts

    When I voted Nov. 4 at my precinct at the Jasper County Fairgrounds in Colfax, I was the 81st voter in my ward. It was 3 p.m. and with six hours left ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 11:16 am
  • Winter reading

    Gillian Flynn, that’s all you need to know. I heard her being interviewed on NPR, the source of many books I read, and gave her a shot. I wasn’t disap ...
    Nov. 13, 2014 - 11:16 am
  • Give thanks to our vets

    The 11th day of the 11th month is designated as Veterans Day.Communities across the nation celebrat ...
    Nov. 11, 2014 - 11:28 am
  • Don’t forget the turkey

    So, it’s happened. Halloween ended and the commercialization of Christmas rolled right in, waving its pine-scented hand and shaking its lighted booty.
    Nov. 10, 2014 - 11:20 am
  • Dear Ty

    I wrote this letter for Ty to print a week ago on his last day, but due to the unusually high volume of letters to the editor — which is a great thing ...
    Nov. 7, 2014 - 10:43 am
  • Get into STEM by simply looking up

    It’s not easy to pick a pumpkin in the dark. But given my sometimes unconventional work schedule, it’s necessary to engage the simpler parts of life w ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Pet blessing

    We held our pets close and bowed our heads. Men with caps removed them. Most of the two-dozen or so people attending the pet blessing had dogs, but th ...
    Nov. 6, 2014 - 11:09 am
  • It ends with a 0

    As I turned the page of my calendar Saturday, an event starred me in face. It’s not Thanksgiving or my biggest craft show of the year or even the Wisc ...
    Nov. 4, 2014 - 11:20 am
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    Reader Poll

    What’s your favorite part of celebrating the holidays in Newton?
    Lighting of the courthouse
    Shopping local
    Visiting Santa Claus
    Holiday tour of homes
    4-H Festival of Trees