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It would be great if we had 2012 weather instead of 2017 snow

The snow had just started to fall late Sunday afternoon when I opened up Facebook and saw a post from a long-lost friend.“We made it!”Now, you have to understand that years ago Jami Peterson Maifeld was one of those special people in my work life.

It’s time to fix ‘H-1B’ issues that are costing Americans jobs

Leo Perrero had a successful IT career at The Walt Disney Company.  He worked on the team of tech specialists that kept Disney’s point of sale system up and running so families visiting Disney World could purchase souvenir Mickey Mouse ears, or th

Our military must do more to end sexual abuse in armed forces

When I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a company commander, I had to follow orders to travel in a buddy pair which applied to all service members on our base camp.Even as a captain, I was not allowed to go anywhere without anothe

Fantastic February worth celebrating!

Around here, it isn’t just February, it’s “Frantic February” as we here at the Tribune try to keep up with our area high school athletes as they partake in the postseason.And this year was even crazier than most for two reasons: We had plenty to c

Win or lose, Turkey Valley’s girls understood value of prep sports

I have to be honest, I didn’t get a lot done at work between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. last Monday. Nor did I accomplish a lot here in the office between 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m.

It is imperative that we properly fund our court system here in Iowa

I am the Clerk of Court for Chickasaw County. I have been watching the ongoing discussions at the Statehouse with much concern.

Busy week has more-than-a-race, a non-weather event and civility

There are days I can form complete thoughts and thus, complete columns.

Republicans kept their promise on Supreme Court

The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an intellectual giant and a revered defender of the Constitution and the limited role of the judiciary in our Republic.

Movies based on recent events are becoming history lessons

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 d

Winter’s return couldn’t be worse timing for golf coach and son

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

Citizens need to ‘up their game’ to make democracy work

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 representa

Bargaining bill represents low point for this lawmaker

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

After referendum, here’s hoping we can come together again

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 yo

Obama’s farewell speech one that needs to be read

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

God leads us on path’s only he knows why

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 must stop balancing state budget on the backs of workers

The 2017 Legislative session opened last month at the Capitol, and I was fortunate to be in attendance.

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