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Proclamation of Equality and Inclusion

The following proclamation was read at Aug. 21 meeting of the Eldridge City Council by Mayor Marty O'Boyle and entered into the minutes with no objections: more

The benefits of the physical plant and equipment levy for North Scott

School funding in Iowa is a very complicated subject. Our different funding sources can only be spent on items that the law allows; we call these silos. Iowa offers very little flexibility in taking money from one silo and moving it to another. In this article I want to explain the Physical, Plant & Equipment Levy (PPEL) and the benefits to the school district. more

Fight for working Iowans continues

We all deserve the chance to get ahead. That’s why I am fighting for opportunities for students, workers and small business owners to make better lives for themselves and strengthen our economy. more

Northey nomination gains approval

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Shenandoah), a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, issued the following statement on the nomination of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey to serve as Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): more

Pope Francis: You cannot be a Christian and turn away refugees

Pope Francis condemned the hypocrisy from Christians who are merciless to refugees and people of other faiths, addressing a gathering of a pilgrimage of Catholics and Lutherans from Germany, reports Catholic News Service. more

Choose hurricane relief wisely

The Better Business Bureau and BBB Wise Giving Alliance are advising people to help as much as they can in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, but to do so with caution and make sure their donations get to the people who need it most. more

Long Grove legend's heart and giving spirit were even bigger than his waistline

Every region has its legends. Some of them are just stories, meant merely to entertain. In northern Scott County, however, a real-life giant strode down the streets of Long Grove and on farms near McCausland, and in his short life made his mark upon its history. more

Worked-based learning for K-12

Work-based learning expands the walls of the classroom into the workplace, helping students see how their education can prepare them for future careers. more

Bipartisan opportunities to reinvest in rural Iowa

I highlighted several bipartisan ways to reinvest in rural Iowa and small towns in a letter to Gov. Kim Reynolds on Aug. 1. As the former chair of the Iowa Senate’s Economic Growth Committee, I offered ways to revitalize rural Iowa and indicated my strong desire to focus on workforce training. more
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