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As an educator, I value lawmakers who value education as a top priority and fight for much needed funds that make our schools more efficient.Children are our future, and they deserve a top-notch, world-class education. Sen. Mary Jo Wilhelm agrees, and she has been a tireless advocate for her...
The morning of Sept. 11 I was getting our daughter ready for the bus and making sure our son was staying out of trouble since he was in the terrible twos stage.The bus picked her up right in front of our house in Mason City so I watched her get on the bus and then I overheard the news in the other...
Don't get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoy living in the Des Moines area. It has been our home for the past 25 years after moving here from Fort Dodge.We appreciate the convenience of what the metro has to offer: being within 30 minutes of the I-Cubs at Principal Park, games at Wells Fargo Arena, the...
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, dawned bright and sunny in Mankato, Minn., just as it did in New York City and Washington, D.C.I, like most of you, remember that day — every minute detail — as if it were yesterday because for my generation, it’s our “Pearl Harbor” or our “JFK assassination.”My daughter...
In 2009, when my wife Morgan was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, we had no idea what the future would hold, but we knew that she would do whatever she had to do to fight the disease.  On Aug. 15, Morgan began her next journey with her Savior in heaven.  We all will miss her like crazy.  She...
My husband, Jacob Hackman, is running for Chickasaw County Supervisor, District 3.  He is ready to be a voice for all people in Chickasaw County, both urban and rural.  He will listen to all Chickasaw County residents and bring everyone’s voices together to be one as a county.  Jacob is a hard...
To the many people of Northeast Iowa who helped in some way in our search for Cloris, we thank you. We know that hundreds of miles were searched on foot, by air, and on water during hot, humid, and stormy weather in tall corn, timber, and vegetation under terrible conditions.  While the search for...
I was honored to help make history recently by attending the concert at Kinnick in Iowa City ... and it rocked! The Back Porch Revival, in my opinion, was a huge success for Kinnick Stadium’s first concert and to raise awareness and funding for The Native Fund. It was all about “Iowans helping...
For those of you who think the United States is a two-party country, I’ve got news for you: You’re in for a surprise when you go into the voting booth on Nov. 8.If you’re one of those people who decry this year’s two major party candidates, you have options; in fact, on the ballot here in Chickasaw...
 There is a great Chinese proverb that reads, “A good neighbor is a priceless treasure,” and boy oh boy, we have a lot of priceless treasures in and around Chickasaw County.This past month proved that when our area was deluged by Mother Nature. When a train of thunderstorms hit the area and dropped...

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