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The Missouri Valley City Council decided on May 4 to provide in person public access to their council meetings beginning with the next meeting, on Tuesday, May 18. more
There was, and still is, something wonderful about having a new baby in the house. more
I often share the lessons I learned growing up on my family farm in southwest Iowa. It was a great experience that taught me the value of hard work and lending a helping hand. It left me with a sincere appreciation for the grit and dedication of Iowa’s ag community and the folks across the heartland who wake up before the sun rises each day to help feed and fuel the world. more
The topic of vaccine passports has been talked about quite frequently over the past few months nationally and in Iowa. People from all walks of life and political affiliations in Iowa have expressed concerns on the possibility of vaccine passports being issued by the government and then being required for admittance into businesses or government buildings. House Republicans have heard these concerns and are again taking action. more
On our farm in eastern South Dakota, we learned to drive at a very young age. The requirement: our feet had to reach the pedals. No need to see over the steering wheel; looking through it worked just fine. more
Please do your own research and form your own opinions based on medical facts, not just what you read in the newspapers or hear on the news. more
Though there were others, a search through the nooks and crannies of my mind reveals only one incident that I can actually remember going to the doctor. Dad took me to the office. A nurse ushered me into a room where I was told to lie on my stomach on the table. Within seconds I felt a shooting pain in my backside. I jerked and voiced a rather loud “owww!” This resulted in no sympathy. No sucker or stickers. I was coldly instructed to get up and go back to the waiting room. more
A thunderstorm had swept through during the night, eliminating any chance of field work. The men made quick work of chores, and Mom fixed a hearty breakfast. Soon we all piled in our ’57 Ford Fairlane. Darlene and Dorothy and the boys crowded into the back. I sat between Mom and Dad in the front. Dad at the wheel, we headed for Huron. Forty miles away, it offered an array of stores just right for school shopping. more
Like most everyone else, I’m tired of wearing a mask. Every time I go to the grocery, a restaurant, church, or work I have to put on a mask. Not long ago, if we wore a mask into a bank or convenience store, the attendants would be alarmed and call 911. Today if we don’t wear one, we are in trouble and not welcomed. more
The community banks in Harrison County would like to thank Sen. Jason Schultz for his March 19 column that thoughtfully stated his job as chair of the Senate Commerce Committee is to provide a fair and competitive environment for all Iowa businesses and then get out of the way so they can grow, prosper and effectively serve their customers and communities. more
Wood clunked on wood as Mom angled into the door and rested the bulky panel on the floor. She sucked in a big breath, grasped both sides and lugged it into the kitchen. The white fabric-covered board pointed upward while she lowered the legs, then bent the arm and pushed it into the first slot of the wooden base. Grabbing the cushioned top, Mother set up her ironing board. more
This week was the second funnel week for the Legislature. The second funnel is a self-imposed deadline by which policy bills from the Senate must be out of committee in the House and likewise House bills must be out of committee in the Senate in order to continue being considered. The exceptions to this rule are bills, which have a tax implication or are an appropriations bill. The purpose of the first and second funnel deadlines is to narrow down what the chambers will deliberate over and allow our focus to move to budgets and tax reduction policies. more
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