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Novice baker turned part-time cake maker

Baking did not come naturally to Shea Hill but it was something she taught herself, nonetheless. Her baking started when she wanted a smash cake — a small, frosted cake intended to be destroyed and eaten by an infant or child — for her daughter Ellena’s first birthday. Initially, she ...

A Farmer’s Journey

CONRAD — At the ripe old age of 105, Robert Prosser said he has few complaints. “I am old, tired, a little grouchy and often hungry for things they say I can’t have. But really, I have no complaints,” Prosser said. I never ever expected to live this long, but actually have very few ...

Teacher Spotlight: Mandi Nunn

Meet Mandi Nunn, is a first grade teacher at Fisher Elementary in the Marshalltown School District. Nunn, 37, is originally from Burlington. She obtained her degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. She received an endorsement for English as a second ...

Marshall County honors Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Marshall County Attorney’s Office remains committed to prosecuting those violent crimes and serving survivors of domestic violence. The Marshall County Attorney’s Office prosecutes all domestic assault crimes that occur in Marshall ...

A turning point on racial inequality

At this September’s Democratic presidential debate — held at a historically black college in Houston — some 14 million Americans tuned in to watch the 10 leading candidates debate each other for the first time. The debate set another important precedent: All of the candidates spoke out ...

Tech giants should delete disinformation

If the late author George Orwell was correct that political language is “designed to make lies sound truthful” and “give an appearance of solidity to pure wind,” then surely social media was made to fan those lies far and wide. That’s much easier to do when bots artificially amplify ...

Battle against robocalls should be more than a pipe dream

Remember the days before robocalls? When your landline and cell phone were free from scam artists selling something, threatening you with arrest, wheedling to extract a credit-card number? Nah, we can’t either. The number of unwanted calls in the U.S. is measured in the tens of billions ...

Hopes for a new school year

Most students are back to school around Iowa, and thousands of families are settling into a new seasonal cycle. New pencils. New teachers. New buses. New friends. New bedtimes. For anyone other than kindergarten parents, though, there’s a comforting familiarity about this time of year. ...

Understanding the changes to the Endangered Species Act

Perhaps you’ve been reading that the Trump Administration wants to make it easier to eliminate polar bears, spotted owls and other species from the face of the earth. As ever in Donald Trump ‘s Washington, the reality is different, so allow us to explain. The uproar concerns a proposed ...

Presidential candidates must learn the science of food production

Former Vice President Joe Biden said it well, “we choose science over fiction.” The presidential candidate was wrapping up his remarks on July 31, during the second night of Democratic debates in Detroit. His words-in that single sentence, at least—are exactly right. Too often, ...

‘Is this Heaven?’ endures 30 years later

Back when I was just starting high school, a phenomenon began occurring around my hometown of Lake City and beyond. The phrase “Is This Heaven? No, It’s Iowa,” started popping up everywhere, from conversations to bumper stickers. Maybe you remember this, too. It was all because of the ...

A points-based immigration system makes sense

President Donald Trump this month announced a broad plan to move the United States away from an immigration system that favors family sponsorship toward one that favors merit or skills-based immigration — one that would favor highly skilled, financially self-sufficient immigrants who learn ...

Drugged driving standards needed — and soon

Thirty-five years ago, the notion of legalized marijuana seemed like an idea whose time would never come. Sure, there was discussion. And there were proponents. Usually wearing hemp necklaces and NORML T-shirts. “It’s no more dangerous than alcohol,” they would say. “But who needs ...

Fort Dodge teens show patriotism

Anyone who thinks that today’s American teenagers don’t care about patriotism or honoring the nation’s veterans received a heartwarming surprise recently. Members of the Fort Dodge Senior High School girls golf team went to Veterans Memorial Park north of Fort Dodge just before Memorial ...