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  • A side of cheese dip with your marriage proposal?

    There is nothing like a soft pretzel. It’s salty, provides instant warmth as it hits the tongue and can be dipped in cheese sauce. It can also be a ca ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 10:19 am
  • Pastor gets Super Bowl drenching

    Whata Super Bowl. Sports history was made before our eyes. I had picked the Atlanta Falcons to win, and relished their first half shellacking of the N ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 10:19 am
  • A sad day for Iowa public workers

    It was again a very frustrating week at the Capitol. The “tweaking” of collective-bargaining that was promised by Republicans turned into a complete g ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 10:19 am
  • Save Red Bridge

    We are moving closer to our ultimate goal of saving Red Bridge ( a site on the National Registry of Historic Places near old County Road S74, crossing ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 11:10 am
  • Buddy boy is getting fat

    Buddy Boy is getting fat! Chubby might be a better word. He can’t even get turned around to lick his you-know-what anymore. His collar is getting tigh ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Lawmakers in disagreement on de-appropriations and school funding

    Week four at the Capitol brought frustration due to the de-appropriations bill and inadequate school funding proposal. This past Monday brought the fi ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Chucking the Political Check-off

    Tax season is upon us, and Iowans who do not wish to procrastinate are busily preparing their tax returns in order to close out the 2016 tax year. If ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 9:59 am
  • Our evolution to boring

    It’s officially official ... hubby and I are boring.I can tell you the exact moment it happened. It ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Legislature must improve water quality

    One of my top goals this session is to get serious about Iowa’s water quality. The Iowa Supreme Court sent a message loud and clear last week that it ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Budget cuts will hurt education, economic growth

    A proposal by legislative Republicans to make deep, mid-year budget cuts threatens education, job training and ultimately Iowa’s economy.
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 12:17 pm
  • Save Red Bridge

    We are moving closer to our ultimate goal of saving Red Bridge ( a site on the National Registry of Historic Places near old County Road S74, crossing ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 11:10 am
  • Iowa kids need better phonics, not memorization

    Iowa educators cannot explain why reading assessments are not improving (as more states pass us by). The assessments are written outside of Iowa becau ...
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 9:46 am
  • Beverly Kain

    Beverly Kain, 79, of Prairie City, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at Nelson Manor in Newton. A funeral service was Monday, Febr. 20 at the Prairie Cit ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 10:05 am
  • Ida M. Van Baale

    Ida Mae Buckingham Van Baale was born to Rev. Benjamin and Flossie Buckingham May 25, 1919, in Prairie City, and was called to her heavenly home Monda ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 11:05 am
  • Patrick Wray Holland

    Patrick Wray Holland, 50, of Prairie City, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at his home. A memorial visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 11:05 am
  • Edith L. Phifer

    Edith L. Phifer, 96, of Monroe, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at Accura Healthcare of Newton East. A funeral service was Monday, Feb. 13 at the Monroe ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 11:06 am
  • Marilyn M. Sward

    Marilyn Marie Sward was born in Prairie City, July 31, 1927, and passed from this life Jan. 12, 2017. She graduated from Drake University. She taught ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 9:58 am
  • Edith M. Slegh

    Edith Maxine (Peery) Slegh, 92, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at Ramsey Village in Des Moines. A funeral service was Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Coburn Funera ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 9:57 am
  • Tim McCombs

    Tim McCombs, 64, of Prairie City, died Jan. 25, 2017. A visitation will be was Friday, Jan. 27 at Prairie City United Methodist Church. A memorial ser ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 12:01 pm
  • Darrell L. Peery

    Darrell Lee Peery, 57, of Monroe, died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, at his home. A funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Monroe United Methodist Chu ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 11:58 am
  • Steven N. Swanson

    Steven N. Swanson, 65, of Prairie City, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. A memorial service was Monday, ...
    Jan. 18, 2017 - 10:44 am
  • Samuel Buckingham

    Samuel Buckingham, 91, of Prairie City, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Courtyard Estates in Pleasant Hill. A funeral service was Jan. 9 at the Prairie ...
    Jan. 11, 2017 - 10:41 am

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