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ON THE SIDE: The Rules are to Help, Protect People and not Special Interests, Government

By Brad Hicks



What is government’s purpose? It’s something that’s challenged America since birth. Our founding fathers experienced a life living under the British monarchy’s rule and taxation. Their concept? Rules of law protecting citizens are supreme to the unapproved dictates of any king or governor, and an array basic rules that allow government to function but keep it out of people’s lives. These concepts are in the Bill of Rights.

GUEST EDITORIAL: Iowa Children in Critical Need of Adoptive Parents

By Dawn Luetje

LSI Foster Care & Adoption


November is National Adoption Month, a time to celebrate the community members and families who have adopted children in need of forever homes. But at Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI), we are also taking this time to recognize the 780 Iowa children who are waiting for adoptive families. 

GUEST EDITORIAL: Now is the Times for Property Tax Relief

By John Hendrickson

Tax Education Foundation


OUT OF THE PAST: 1871: Grand Gift Concert gives away $10,000 in prizes

BY Gene Miller


150 Years Ago

TRAVEL DIARY: A Meal of Fritten and Beer

By Jim Sloter


After our tour of the Cologne Cathedral, we did some window shopping, bought cologne in Cologne and headed out wondering if leaving the city would be as difficult as when we came in. Instead, it was easy and we were soon on an autobahn heading south. 

FAMILIES OF FAITH: Feet fitted for the gospel of peace

We are studying in the churches I serve the armor of God, that we find in Ephesians 6:10-17. God provides this armor for believers, to fight the attacks of Satan while we wait for His return. Today we look at the third piece of armor; Our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 
Read the full column in the Nov. 4 Advance. 

OUR KOSSUTH COUNTY: Positive change starts with you

Want to see improvements made in our local parks? You have an important role to play in making change happen. Sometimes it’s as easy as picking up the phone or filling out a survey. The City of Algona wants to hear from you with our parks survey, from now through Nov. 11. Stop by City Hall to pick up a paper copy or visit our website at to take the survey online. 
Read the full colunn in the Nov. 4 Advance. 

TRAVEL DIARY: Koln, and wine as gifts

... By that time, frustration was really mounting. I made the turn-around – again – and headed back across. That time, I Immediately turned off of that confusing street, found a place to park and we walked to the cathedral. By the time we reached the cathedral, I had settled down and thoroughly enjoyed seeing that magnificent Gothic, 12th century edifice.  ...
Read the full colunn in the Nov. 4 Advance. 

INKSPOTS: No crossword puzzle in sight

... This time, I didn’t have with me my beloved New York Times crossword puzzle which, if you read my column on an earlier trip, caused me to not hear the gate change announcement, thus relegating me to an 8-hour wait for the next flight. This time I camped directly in front of my gate, ears at the ready to pick up any announcement of a change.  ...
Read the full column in the Nov. 4 Advance.

OUT OF THE PAST: Sitting next to the president

...  Right about that time I heard one of the flight attendants say to another attendant, “he’s talking to Betty.” “He’s talking to Betty.” Who’s talking to Betty? And about that moment former President Gerald Ford and three secret service agents walked on to the plane and sat down in first class. ...
Read the full colunn in the Nov. 4 Advance. 

ADVANCE EDITORIAL: Change grid playoffs

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has a difficult task when it comes to figuring out how to effectively get to crowning champions in football. The weather deteriorates quickly in the fall, too many games can result in fatigue and injuries and given Iowa’s rural population, communities of similar sizes are farther apart geographically. This year, some teams in the middle-sized classes were routinely traveling 90-plus minutes.
Read the editorial in the Nov. 4 Advance.

ON THE SIDE: Meandering

Well, that was pretty anti-climactic, wasn’t it. Last Thursday, the Iowa Legislature got together and decided how congressional and legislative districts would be arranged for the 10-year period that starts in 2023 after the November 2022 general elections. There was a whole bunch of finger-pointing, hand-wringing, posturing and overall expressions of distrust among lawmakers about the matter over the course of the year.

FAMILIES OF FAITH: Of something really scary

October 31 is a special holiday for many Christians. This holiday’s origins are somewhat controversial, and many don’t even know what they are. On October 31, 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany thus starting the Protestant Reformation. That is why October 31 is celebrated as Reformation Day. At Faith Church, I have been preaching a sermon series on the five solas of the Reformation.

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: Public must be informed of doctor discipline

   The Iowa Legislature’s to-do list should be a little longer after last week.
And people need to contact their senators and representatives in the Legislature to make sure they understand their duty is to protect the health and safety of Iowans.
The reason? The Iowa Supreme Court handed down a decision Friday that will pretty much keep the public in the dark when a physician is charged by state regulators with professional misconduct.

ON THE SIDE: Is there anyone?

The United States government this week announced the border patrol had 1.7 million official encounters of people who crossed our southern border during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The totals were 200,000 and 190,000, respectively, for August and September. That does not count the people who crossed the border without being encountered, a number which carries a wide range of estimates.

WRITERS & WRITING: Making of a man in North Dakota

The Good Hand 
Michael Patrick F. Smith 
ISBN 978-1-9848-8151-9 

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