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As I walked out of Wells Fargo Arena last Tuesday night, for what seemed like the umpteenth time in the last four weeks, I took time to take in the sights. more
Prepare for some civic lifting heavier than any flood fight. more
Thirty-two years ago this month, Tim and I drove with our infant daughter and a loyal, mixed-breed dog from our home in southern Missouri to Iowa. more
March 18, 2015: For the first time in school history, the North Scott boys’ basketball team were state champions. After taking out Waukee and Iowa City West earlier in the week, the Lancers faced off against MAC rivals Pleasant Valley in the championship game, 44-36. more
Do you remember thriving downtowns, even in rural areas, with cafes, diners, restaurants and maybe even lunch wagons; hardware, clothes, book and department stores (some with lunch counters); TV-, car- and shoe-repair shacks; smoke, pet, barber, beauty, music and antique shops? more
By now COVID-19 has impacted hundreds (if not thousands) of small businesses in our community. People are postponing travel plans, they are not spending their dollars on local restaurants or retail – and are canceling events left and right. This is wreaking havoc on small businesses. more
Canceling university classes and other “social distancing” measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 could have an unintended public health consequence: reducing the state’s and nation’s blood supply. more
In the ninth week of the legislative session, we continued our work debating bills and sending them to the House of Representatives. Here are a few bills that passed through the Senate this week: more
This week we passed a number of bills based on ideas from constituents and issues that came up over the summer and fall. On Sept. 11, 2019, a few county courthouses were broken into in central Iowa. more
The high cost of childcare is often a major problem for many families struggling to get by. Oftentimes, one parent is forced to stay at home and take care of children, not by choice but due to the unaffordable costs of day care. This forces many Iowans out of the workforce at a time when businesses are struggling to find more employees. more
What a difference a week makes! more
I was there in 1986. It was a special season when North Scott’s girls’ basketball team took its 25-0 record into the state championship game with Marshalltown. more
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