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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Silver Dollar closes after 40 years in Bloomfield

    Jim Reyes turned 21 in water up to his knees in Vietnam. After discharge, at the age of 29, he plunked down $6,000 on the bar and bought the Silver Do ...
    Jan. 15, 2015 - 10:36 am
  • Corn doesn’t grow in a can

    “Peaches come in a can. They were put there by a man, in a factory downtown.”The words of the 1990s ...
    Jan. 14, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • Weathering the flu storm

    Sleep is very important to me, I have already mentioned it in a column a couple of months ago. It is fresh in my mind again after having two kids get ...
    Jan. 13, 2015 - 10:41 am
  • Love it or leave it

    Well here you are again Old Man Winter, you slick and cool fella. I can’t say I’ve missed you, but I can say I’ve become overly fascinated with you al ...
    Jan. 12, 2015 - 11:32 am
  • No. 1: Take care of yourself

    I was in the car with a family friend talking about missed opportunities, and do you know what she t ...
    Jan. 9, 2015 - 10:49 am
  • We shall overcome, but when?

    I had been the cops and courts reporter at the Newton Daily News for only three weeks when I went on my first police ride-along. I spent the evening p ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 11:34 am
  • Most popular Empty Nests of 2014

    Everybody else does it this time of year, so I might as well, too. Judging from the amount of feedback I received, both positive and negative, these a ...
    Jan. 8, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • Sponsor names like ‘TaxSlayer’ are modern financial realities

    Iowa Hawkeye fans were most likely disappointed with the result of Friday’s Bowl. Fans across the country seem to be disappointed with t ...
    Jan. 7, 2015 - 11:08 am
  • Mini me’s

    All children are different and my two girls are no exception. Although they are only a little more than 15 months apart in age, sometimes it seems tha ...
    Jan. 6, 2015 - 11:00 am
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