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My closest friend spent his working life in law enforcement. He handled everything from minor traffic violations to homicides, with assorted robberies, break-ins, vandalism and domestic assaults in between. more
The young farmer pressed his foot down on the shoulder of the garden fork. He pushed the tines into the soil all around the hole, creating small tunnels in the black South Dakota earth. “We need to … more
Prior to ratification of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920, and its formal certification on Aug. 26, 1920, many small steps eventually led to suffrage (women’s right to vote).  It all started on … more
While the coronavirus crisis has increased stress levels for all of us, younger children and teens are often more strongly impacted by such a national health disaster. Kids have not only heard or … more
Some of America's problems can be fixed. Voting in the November election should not be a problem for Americans. Open the polls for at least two days. Every state should open their polls from 6 AM … more
Time to milk the cow! Six o’clock AM. Six o’clock PM. Every day. No matter what, Bessie, our gentle brown and white Guernsey, had to be milked. The milking chores were part of life on the farm, … more
Like giant pinwheels they dotted the horizon throughout rural America. In the Thirties the eight-foot wheels whirled, bringing forth water when none fell from the sky. They appeared on homesteads and … more
For many Iowans, Wednesday, Aug. 5, is a cause for true celebration. Governor Kim Reynolds signed an Executive Order restoring the right to vote to those previously convicted of a felony who have … more
A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran an article noting that with the U.S. preoccupied by the coronavirus pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests, and massive unemployment, “its competitors are … more
Just-picked-and-shelled peas and new potatoes for supper! No need to worry about us eating our vegetables with a menu like that. We youngsters looked forward to summer fare that included all the … more
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