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Thanks to a mostly colluding media, you likely don’t know that there are actually five Iowans who are on the ballot for the US Senate race: Republican Charles Grassley and Democrat Patty Judge of course, but also Libertarian Charles Aldrich, as well as independents Jim Hennager and me, Michael...
A little more than 16 years ago, I walked in to Mrs. Nosbisch’s kindergarten class for the first time. Thirteen years later, I walked across the stage to get my diploma, and for the past three years of my life, I have been away at college.Although I make it home from time to time, I have largely...
I strongly endorse Rick Holthaus for Chickasaw County Supervisor, District 1. This endorsement is based on several years of working with Rick, first when I was high school principal in the late 1990s when Rick was on the New Hampton Board of Education, and now as fellow members of the Board of...
Today marks a dozen years without my father, who died on Oct. 25, 2004, and I thought about him more than usual this past week.Dad would have loved this past week, and not just because he loved giving me a boatload of grief on my birthday.“You’re catching up with me,” he’d say every single year...
Stacie Stokes is a person of integrity, who is committed, trustworthy and hardworking.  People are treated with respect as she listens to their concerns and ideas.  On a personal level she has been married for 24 years to her husband, Jason.  They have three boys with the oldest currently serving...
As a parent of three young children, and also foster parent to several other children, I see many challenges that face us in rural Floyd County and Iowa House District 52.Access to extra-curricular activities, high standard of education, mental health availability, and economic growth are all...
It has been 14 years since Rep. Steve King was first elected to the U.S. House and it is time for him to go. You see him in the news once in a while, but not often for something good, rather for some outlandish thing that has come out of his mouth.  King compares immigrants to animals, claims white...
Turkey Valley Community Schools is a preschool through twelfth grade school located in the center of its’ many communities — Fort Atkinson, Saint Lucas, Waucoma, Lawler, Protivin, Little Turkey, and Jackson Junction.  We are a thriving school that has much to offer.  Part of our success comes from...
Mary Kay Carr knows her husband would be humbled beyond words about the news that broke last weekend.The New Hampton Invitational dual-meet wrestling tournament is no more; instead, it will be replaced by the Doc Carr Dual Tournament.“He would be so humbled, so honored and maybe a little...
I have received three pieces of campaign literature and have watched television ads produced by a corporation named “Priorities for Iowa, Inc.”  This corporation uses a post office box in Des Moines and gives the impression that it is organized in Iowa.  If it were, in fact, incorporated in Iowa,...

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