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To pick up on last week’s theme of stories to watch heading into 2018, one big one I didn’t mention was the Durant Eighth Street project.     By far the major project for the city of Durant … more
Being that this is the last issue before we turn the calendar to 2018, I thought I’d use this space for a few resolutions, or better yet points of interest, moving into next year.     Before … more
    Medicaid is supposed to ensure our most vulnerable citizens — our friends, family and neighbors — have access to the health care they need. That hasn’t happened in Iowa since the … more
I want to begin this week by giving kudos to the Durant school board for thoroughly vetting the idea of sharing a superintendent with the Wilton School District.     Obviously, based on our … more
For those of you who have seen me in recent weeks, you may notice that as George Costanza would say in my favorite TV show of all time (Seinfeld), I recently got a new face. In other words, for the … more
    When my wife, Sherry, heard that a museum, the Science Imaginarium in Waterloo, Iowa, was named for Carl Bluedorn, a former Walcott man whose ancestors had come from Schleswig-Holstein, … more
While gathering photos and information last week with regard to the Wilton community Christmas tree, I found myself thinking the same thing I’ve thought for the last few years — isn’t it about … more
I was truly saddened this week to read the obituary of Kay Rooff-Steffen. She passed away after a battle with cancer. Kay was just 60 years old.     She and I were connected in several ways, … more
For the first time in nearly 18 years, I was left wandering aimlessly when looking to get my morning television sports fix Nov. 20.     On Nov. 17, ESPN’s "Mike & Mike" radio show did its … more
It’s that time of year. Leaves are (finally) changing and falling from the trees. We’ve turned our clocks back. We’ve had mornings with the weather below freezing.     We’re merely a … more
    Things seem to be going from bad to worse for Iowans when it comes to health care. In recent days, we’ve learned that:     * The federal government has approved Iowa Republicans’ bad … more
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