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Taste of Central Iowa

Happy Easter! Today I have some easy last minute recipes for your dinner. Ingredients can easily be picked-up at the grocery store after church. Crunchy Coleslaw 2 Tbls. sunflower seeds, raw and unsalted 2 Tbls. almonds, sliced 4 Tbls. apple cider vinegar 1 tsp. pepper 1 tsp. celery ...

Business partnerships strengthened through JA implementation

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part guest editorial by Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. The Marshalltown Community School District is taking big strides to implement purposeful curriculum, programing and teaching and learning methodologies; while ...

A New Kind of Gridlock

When the Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution of the United States, they feared the possibility of partisanship overtaking rights-based government. To that end, they crafted a system of checks and balances designed to pit interest against interest, promoting gridlock over radical change. The ...

Building local ‘Future Ready Iowa’ partnerships

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part guest editorial by Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. The Marshalltown Community School District is taking big strides to implement purposeful curriculum, programing and teaching and learning methodologies; while ...

News from Des Moines

Week 12 was a continuation of primarily debating bills that were sent over from the senate. On Thursday, Gov. Reynolds held a signing ceremony in the Capitol rotunda for two very important bills, House File 2456, the Mental Health bill, and Senate File 2113, a teen suicide prevention bill. ...

Future Files

Grain acres slashed U.S. farmers are cutting back on corn and soybean acreage this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Prospective Plantings report. Disappointed by low prices, farmers are projected to reduce corn acreage by almost 2 million acres and soybeans ...

Budgeting Disagreements can be a source of woe

FOR NEWLYWEDS Q: As a newly married couple, we’re trying to sort out our budget and set realistic financial goals. We’re kind of stuck on knowing how much to save. What do you suggest? Jim: You don’t have to be married for long to see how money can set the tone for your entire ...

John Bolton’s enemies

Among the several ways to judge a person’s fitness for office are the enemies he has made. In the case of John Bolton, President Trump’s choice to become national security adviser, those who oppose his appointment — liberals, neocons and some Republicans all with differing worldviews ...

No ‘Facts First’ With Stormy Daniels

The left’s brazen double standard on the Stormy Daniels story is apparent to everyone. Suddenly, claims of sexual activity with the president before he became president are relevant. In the years of President Bill Clinton, his critics were told to “grow up about sex” because “libido and ...

MHS students benefiting from dual credit program

As a counselor at Marshalltown High School, it has been nothing short of amazing to see the incredible opportunities our students have to participate in a dual credit program with Marshalltown Community College. What exactly is dual credit, you ask? Overseen by the Department of Education ...

It’s Springtime — Somewhere

We’ve turned the clocks ahead, and our calendars yesterday announced the official change of season. In these parts, though, Spring will not be rushed, and she will not be bullied. She is taking her good old time to get to northeast Ohio, as is her habit. Like many families with multiple ...

Women Against Free Speech?

Sometimes, for those of us who are constantly reading statistics and poll results, something that you didn’t expect to see stands out — a number that makes you think the future will not be what you have been expecting. My latest sighting of such a number was in a March 12 New York Times ...

Parkland kids are rewriting the playbook

Something came awake in them. That has to be the explanation. As they cowered in closets, as they said goodbyes and waited, with gunfire echoing down the halls, to die, something inside stirred itself. And when they didn’t die, when these teenagers left the campus of Marjory Stoneman ...

Another Excuse to Avoid Blaming Hillary Clinton

Have you ever paid to use a social media service? Does Facebook send you a bill each month, or Twitter demand a credit card for use of its service? When you log into Google, does it force you to pay before searching the web or checking email? Of course not. The reason is that you are the ...

Two extremes

Dear Dave, I’m about to graduate from college, and while I’ve been in school my mom has been handling most of my finances. Recently, I discovered she’s been taking my student loan money and spending it on herself. So far, it looks like she’s taken around $12,000, and I have a total of ...

Will the Deep State Break Trump?

“It is becoming more obvious with each passing day that the men and the movement that broke Lyndon Johnson’s authority in 1968 are out to break Richard Nixon,” wrote David Broder on Oct. 8, 1969. “The likelihood is great that they will succeed again.” A columnist for The ...

Jim Wares: This crazy, crazy world

I learned that in 1953, Allen Dulles, Director of the CIA began a project code named MK Ultra. Mk Ultra was about developing truth serums, studying mind control, creating Manchurian candidates and exploring interrogation techniques…all the stuff spy novels were made of. Over the course of 20 ...

Kelly Van De Walle: Growing into a man … beard and all

For many years, any beard-growing initiative looked like if Stevie Wonder opened a hair grooming salon for cats: a poorly-decorated business with fur in small patches all over the place. It was as if during puberty my face had once seen a beard in a movie and was given the task but was ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

Tomorrow on March 25 Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches will celebrate Annunciation Day. Why don’t Protestant churches also celebrate this event? Yours is an excellent question and, as you’ll read I do believe the day should be celebrated by Protestants; especially by those of ...

Taste of Central Iowa

Time to get saucy If you are going to serve Easter dinner, ham is probably on your menu. Today I have some recipes for ham sauces you might like to try. Ham Honey Sauce 1/2 c. cultured sour cream 1/4 c. honey 1/2 c. mayonnaise 1 tsp. prepared mustard 1 Tbsp. horseradish Fold ...