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I must admit I was skeptical. Upon learning about a month ago that Durant and Wilton schools were looking at having a parade of cars to honor their senior classes, I wondered if it was a good … more
“Mark was a terrific boss, mentor and friend. I learned so much from him,” I told Dar Danielson of Radio Iowa when he phoned recently, wanting my comment about longtime news broadcaster Mark … more
Typically, “Editorial writing 101” says to think about an important issue in your community, take a position or stance on that issue, then persuade your reader. You’ll have to come along with … more
The 2019-20 school year has come to a close. I’m sure it’s not how anyone envisioned it ending, with empty classrooms, students learning from home and parents stepping in as impromptu … more
We all know the old adage “A dog is a man’s best friend.” This common phrase is referring to the history of close relations, loyalty, and companionship with humans. Science shows that this … more
While in the middle of printing bios for 92 Durant and Wilton seniors, I felt it fitting to reprint a column I wrote May 21, 2009, which I think is still applicable today. Congratulations to our … more
It’s very important this week to revisit last week and note the significant impact that the late Janice Meincke had on the community of Wilton. When preparing our obituaries in last week’s … more
“Welcome to the 21st Century,” the voice said with a laugh. It was one of my doctors, calling me over the Internet at a pre-arranged time on a pre-arranged day, using a computer application … more
As the weeks and months pass, waiting for the COVID-19 outbreak to run its course can feel painfully slow. It is a stressful time for thousands of Iowa families. We read each day about higher and … more
May comes with some “maybes.” Maybe summer sports will be able to start so that graduating seniors can participate in their last sporting events. Maybe couples can proceed with their wedding … more
Editor's note: The following notes on the life of Thelma Nopoulos were submitted by Lynn Ochiltree, a longtime Wilton historian who purchased the Candy Kitchen from Thelma upon the death of her … more
She was, quite frankly, the matriarch of Wilton. For a week I’ve been trying to wrap my head around the death of Wilton’s Thelma Nopoulos. Every time I think about her, my mind goes down … more
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