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Honoring our veterans

July 10, 2016 This week, we received a very nice message from Ron and Debi Estabrook about the newly-dedicated Marshall County Freedom Rock: “We would like to thank you so much for the wonderful coverage we have... more »»

Good news for Iowa beef producers

April 4, 2016 Selling American agricultural products internationally makes an important contribution to our nation’s economy. It’s also hugely significant for the Hawkeye Stat. more »»

It’s time for spring and farming

March 28, 2016 Agriculture is at the very heart of life in the Hawkeye State and especially so as spring unfolds. The renewal of the earth is also a time when the pace quickens on Iowa’s 87,500 farms. more »»

Sunshine Week: Government openness is vital to democracy’s functioning

March 19, 2016 Democracy functions best when the public has access to detailed information about what government officials do and why they do it. Iowa and most other states have what are called “sunshine” laws. more »»

Wetlands funding deserves praise

November 17, 2015 One of the keys to keeping our natural environment healthy is making certain that water resources are appropriately protected. The U.S. more »»

Sodders works hard for us

November 17, 2015 With all the recent frustration at the Iowa State Capitol, it is nice to know that our state Sen. Steve Sodders, is still fighting for our best interest. more »»

Century Farms celebrate history

August 29, 2015 It’s more than 180 years since land that is now the state of Iowa was opened for settlers. more »»

Civility needed in immigration discussion

August 23, 2015 If you can get beyond the rhetoric and the vitriol, we believe you’ll find that most people, whether they’re U.S. more »»

In Flanders Fields

May 24, 2015 In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dea. more »»

The MPD deserves our praise

January 26, 2015 In my column in Sunday’s edition, I noted the news of the past two months in Marshalltown has dominated the headlines locally and around the state. more »»

Grassley assumes major new role

January 20, 2015 With Republicans now the majority party in the United State Senate, all of that body’s committees are now chaired by members of the GOP. more »»

Giving thanks today

November 27, 2014 When I’m worried and I can’t sleep, I count my blessings instead of sheep, And I fall asleep counting my blessings. more »»

The fight is not over

November 23, 2014 “I don’t think it ends here. I think it’s too important an issue for us to let go. more »»

The power is in your hands

October 28, 2014 Election Day 2014 is one week away and if you haven’t already cast a ballot, now’s your chance to make your voice heard. more »»

Elect Blum, Ernst

October 25, 2014 Washington, D.C. could use some new blood and two new members to Iowa’s Congressional ranks is a good way to start. more »»

Re-elect Branstad

October 24, 2014 The race for governor really has not been much of a contest. Forget the poll numbers, it’s clear that state Sen. Jack Hatch just doesn’t have any credible answers to Gov. more »»

Our carriers really do deliver

October 11, 2014 Today is International Newspaper Carrier Day, a day set aside to recognize the tremendous efforts of the men and women who work diligently to get the newspaper to our readers. more »»

Thank you, Oktemberfest board

September 30, 2014 A year’s worth of planning culminated in four days of fun for thousands of people during Marshalltown’s Oktemberfest this past weekend. more »»

Sick leave should only be used when you’re sick

July 2, 2014 Sick leave is considered such an important benefit that Congress passed a Family Medical Leave Act (more commonly known as FMLA) in 1993. more »»



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