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It seems like we just turned the calendar to 2020, yet here we are in the middle of February. The chamber operates on a calendar-year structure, so with the turning of the new year, we also welcomed...
Here are topics I won't be writing about today: Politics. Well, okay, I might as well admit I caucused in the wrong precinct room at Algona High. It was fine, though. My vote counted, and I didn't...
As a small rural state, Iowa always has to fight for relevance. Our paltry six electoral votes make us the equivalent of a corner of New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Dallas-...
In the coming months, households will receive information in the mail about participating in the 2020 Census. The census is mandated by the United States Constitution which requires the federal...
I tried to emulate St. Francis of Assisi, who, it is said, loved all God's creatures. Really, I did. But I don't think even St. Francis loved bats. Statues of him (I have one in my yard) always show...
People who grew up in bygone days could stand in line at the grocery store and ponder the covers of various tabloids featuring the late Jean Dixon. She was a psychic and astrologer who made...
I had a grand time in Los Angeles over Christmas, thank you so much for asking. And, even if you didn't ask, I still had a grand time. With three of our children and their spouses, plus two amazing...
The first semester of the 2019-20 school year in Algona Community School District has been wonderful. Our staff and students continue to make the choice every day to rise to the occasion and reach...
Welcome to 2020. It seems like yesterday that my sons were 9 and 6, and my wife and I opted to forego our traditional night out to stay home and usher in 2000 with them. What a night it was. As...
I'm going to cheat a bit this week. You will be reading this on Jan. 2, 2020. I'm writing it on Dec. 21, 2019. By the time it is published, I will have flown to Los Angeles and back for Christmas...

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