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March again shows why this is special place

If one needs to know just what kind of place Chickasaw County is, one only need to see how we handle adversity around here.Take March 19, for example.

Veterans deserve better from commissioners

Chickasaw County Veterans are being slapped in the face by their own VA Commissioners who are all Veterans; James Geerts, Wayne Moetsch and Lisa Wilkers.They plan to hire as County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO), Rick Holthaus, from Alta Vista.

Vacation is filled with fun, but it’s also good to be back home

I’m back! And while usually people are sad about leaving vacation, I’m doing ok —  not because my vacation wasn’t a blast by a long shot but because I am so excited for all the upcoming events in the county!Is that weird?

Pragmatism should be a goal for all members of Congress

As you watch the healthcare proceedings on Capitol Hill, imagine what things might be like if we lived in more functional political times.In particular, what if Congress were run by pragmatists?It would not change the issues at hand.

Vacations don’t always have to be ‘big’ to be enjoyable

The Journey is the Destination is New Hampton’s theme for RAGBRAI and I have to say I agree entirely.I have been a traveler for many years now — taking off to Maine for two summers to work at a camp, visiting classmates in places like California a

It’s just not going to be the same without Pete and his stories

I don’t recall the exact date that I first met Pete Willadsen but I vividly recall the conversation I had with Sports Editor Dorothy Huber later that day.Me: Hi Dorothy, I met some guy named Pete Willadsen today.Dorothy: Oh, how did that go?Me: I’

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

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