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I have always said that my favorite kind of movie is one that is based on real life events but just recently I have begun to wonder why.I have never been a history buff — I will leave that up to Bob Fenske — I only know of events but rarely look deeper into them.Movies that are now out or were...
As we walked out of Wells Fargo Arena the other night, I turned to my friend and said, “Hey, I can live with this.”The temperature was hovering in the low 40s, and let’s be honest here, when you go to a state tournament of any kind and don’t have to fight a snowstorm, you call that a win.Little did...
With so much turmoil in Washington and around the country these days, it’s easy to get caught up in the crises of the moment.These are, indeed, worth our attention — but so are longer-running developments that threaten the health of our representative democracy. I want to lay them out in one place...
For the past few years, serving in the Legislature, I have done my best to work for common sense solutions.I try to avoid partisan politics and support legislation that makes Iowa (and particularly North Central Iowa) a better place to live, work and raise a family.I am proud of the fact that...
Dear New Hampton superintendent in 2037;I’m writing this letter in February 2017, because with all my bad habits, there’s a chance that even though I’ll only be 71 when you open this envelope, I’ll be “looking up at the grass.”I have no idea if you’re planning on a referendum to place what is now...
As a country, we make a habit of looking forward, not backward.But I’m going to ask you to turn your attention back a few weeks, to Barack Obama’s January 10 farewell address to the American people.I’ve been reading presidential farewell speeches for many years. Most of them give good advice. This...
August 5th, 2002 we moved into the First Baptist Church’s parsonage in the middle of a deluge the likes of which we hadn’t seen in months. We had just moved from draught stricken Kansas City, Kan., to begin a new chapter in our lives, as I had accepted the call to become FBC’s pastor. While my wife...
The 2017 Legislative session opened last month at the Capitol, and I was fortunate to be in attendance. In the first week, usually no real legislation is passed but instead we hear from state leaders like the governor and chief justice of the Supreme Court.  Every year I am sure to pay close...
There were multiple times as I sat matside at Saturday’s Class 2A sectional wrestling tournament when I had to remind myself “it’s just a game.”While the non-sports fans among you may think me foolish, my heart figuratively ached for the wrestlers who saw their dreams of making it to the state...
We didn’t exactly kick off 2017 at a leisurely pace; after all, it’s been quite a newsy month — one that included some nasty weather, the appearance of Temple Grandin, plenty of sports action and, of course, the lead up to the New Hampton Community Schools’ bond referendum.And before we get to our...

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