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In a follow-up to last week's column, I wanted to note that I did end up receiving correspondence from former Wilton wrestler Eli Faison, who was recently forced to retire from the sport he loves due … more
On the morning of Monday, Jan. 14, my family and I made our way to the Iowa Capitol for my swearing-in ceremony. As I entered the Senate chamber, I spoke briefly with the Senate Doorman, Frank … more
Hello everyone! The 2019 Legislative session is already underway! Before I start my column, I want to address my response to recent attacks against me. The 2020 campaign has unfortunately already … more
If you type the word downsizing at, I suspect you won’t see a photograph of people having fun.And if you ask someone who has downsized what that experience was like, you’ll … more
I was deeply moved last week upon reading the social media post of a former Wilton wrestler. On Jan. 9, Eli Faison, a 2018 Wilton High School graduate, posted the following to Twitter:For those who … more
I ended last week’s column with the beginning of my annual NFL playoff predictions. I noted that I’ve done a much better job predicting the NFL than I have with my annual NCAA tournament … more
I say it every year but I continue to mean it with all my heart that the first issue in January is always my favorite Advocate News of the year. Doesn’t matter how you look at it. Whether … more
It was a little more than a year ago that we introduced Quimby to our readers. In the final days of November, Quimby, an 18-month old labradoodle from Indiana, celebrated his first year on the job as … more
It’s been awhile since I’ve had HBO as part of my local cable package. To say I’m having withdrawals is an understatement. One of the shows I miss the most is “Real Time with Bill … more
Here are some scraps from an old reporter’s notepad: When it comes to Iowa’s 20 safest cities, Eldridge ranks no. 5. That’s according to an Oct. 26 report from, which … more
When you turn to our sports pages this week, you’re going to see a new byline.Durant senior Erin Shelangoski will be helping us with Durant bowling coverage this winter. As I’m sure most … more
The passing of President George H.W. Bush last week had me traveling down several different avenues of thought in the days that followed.Bush served the nation as the 41st president from 1989-1993, … more
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