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Another Iowa adventure completed last weekend, I visited the Tulip Festival in Pella with my mom as part of our bucket list of sorts. Quite a trip but worth it!A year ago I had heard how amazing this place was with tulips everywhere and amazing food. And the festival definitely didn’t disappoint....
One quick reminder as I am seeing all this beautiful green grass growing: We have an ordinance as to not blowing your grass clippings into the street. It is a $25 ticket for each time if you choose to do so. We are not talking about the little amount that might come into the street from mowing the...
Once a year, prom occurs in schools throughout the United States.  This can be an event filled with friends, food, laughter, music, and memories.  Turkey Valley prom took place on April 22 and was a beautiful event.  Mother Nature cooperated and provided a wonderful day for photos.  The Grand March...
To be perfectly frank, only one senior on the New Hampton boys track team has a legitimate shot at making the state track and field meet.Jake Usher is a part of the Chickasaw 4x800 team that barely missed making it to Des Moines a year ago.The same quartet — the Usher boys, Nolan and Jake, Alex...
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following “Q&A” was placed Friday afternoon on the website run by  the office of U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.Q: Do you expect Governor Branstad to be confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China?A:  Yes. Governor Branstad had a very good confirmation hearing before...
Wednesday students of all ages will be walking to school for New Hampton’s Walk to School Day.However, some students have been walking to school for weeks now.I am a volunteer for the walking school bus in New Hampton which is up to three routes around town!The walking school bus is not only good...
I’ve got to fly with this column because despite feeling like I spent an eternity in the office this weekend, I’m a mere 125 minutes from deadline as I begin writing this column.If this was all I had left, I’d be fine, but I’m going to have to sprint to the finish.Unfortunately, I do not run — nor...
If this editorial was a letter to Mother Nature, it might read something like this:Dear Mother Nature;You do know it’s supposed to be spring, right? It’s time to get with the program.Sincerely, the folks of Chickasaw CountyBut despite the fact that spring’s appearances have been relatively few and...
Q: Why do you keep bookkeepers at the Pentagon on a short leash?Sen. Charles Grassley: In an era of political divisiveness, this is an issue that bridges the divide among Iowans across the ideological spectrum. Iowans have every right and good reason to care about the management of their hard-...
The date escapes me, except that it was sometime in the spring of 1982 when I donned the ugliest tuxedo known to man.I was a junior in high school at little Mapleton High School in southern Minnesota, and long before “promprosals,” I had stared at the phone for hours before finally mustering the...

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