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Community colleges are well positioned to help Iowans and our economy bounce back from the pandemic. Since 1964, Iowa’s community colleges have provided education, training and services to … more
As I sit here on a Monday, working when most of our readers are off, I’m not bitter. Instead, I feel some congratulations are in order. With the Fourth of July falling on the weekend, it … more
The federal American Rescue Plan is the biggest piece of anti-poverty legislation in more than 50 years. It’s putting money into Iowans’ pocketbooks and lifting thousands of Iowa children out of … more
I was pleasantly surprised to return home one day last week to see my curb was painted.Let me explain.Many moons ago, perhaps during the last Wilton FFA Field Day hosted at the Wilton school ag farm, … more
Keeping it brief this week, but be sure to check out our family news pages. In the 13 years I've been back with this publication, and nearly 20 that I've been involved off and on, this week was a … more
My simplest piece of advice for Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand: Quit while you're behind. We see ourselves as a community newspaper first, county/state resource second. We know that for several of … more
The Legislature wrapped up the 2021 session by taking steps to address years of inadequate funding for Iowa’s prisons and public safety, which has had increasingly dangerous and tragic … more
I made the trek to Ames last week for the Class 2A state girls' golf tournament to follow our Durant Wildcats. Typically, covering sports is extremely difficult. I don't have a sports editor … more
On May 14, prior to making my way to Wapello to cover boys’ Sectional golf featuring both Wilton and Durant teams, I made a very important stop at Muscatine Community College (MCC). The … more
The 2021 legislative session has adjourned for the year with no comprehensive plan to help Iowans struggling from a global pandemic that has upended their lives and their pocketbooks. Over the … more
When working for a weekly newspaper, the ability to break news is difficult at times. We walk a tightrope each week of covering events and planning in order to, at times, be the first place our … more
This week’s column will be a short but sweet one. This week’s column is nine years in the making. I am happy to announce that we have finally succeeded in passing EMS as an essential service. … more
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