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Sometimes things happen to put things in perspective. Moments after another instant WHS vs. DHS classic, Wilton TE Caden Kirkman collapsed. He was taken away in an ambulance. My thoughts are with … more
The Iowa Legislature’s role in redistricting is under way. The nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency has released its initial plan for Congressional, state House and state Senate districts. … more
Over the past few weeks, there have been countless community happenings in Wilton and Durant. I often find myself telling our staff that we only get the front page of the paper once each week. Sadly, … more
It's homecoming week in Durant and Wilton. On one hand, I feel great for our students, especially those upperclassmen, who are able to have a dance. I say that because COVID-19 is again starting to … more
On Labor Day, let’s renew our commitment to Iowa’s working families. When you put in a 40-hour work week, your contributions should be valued enough that you can make ends meet and … more
I wasn’t going to say anything, but once it happened a second time, I felt it was time to speak out. For the second time since May, I’ve had a car damaged while being parked in downtown … more
The school year begins this week for area youth in both Durant and Wilton, with first days being Wednesday, Aug. 25. Considering where we were a year ago with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, … more
What's the best way to reach out to fellow class members for a reunion? Facebook? This day and age, that seems to be the long and short of it. I always joke with our staff at the AN that there was a … more
I must admit that July was a blur here at the Advocate News, with the convergence of two county fairs, the conclusion of baseball and softball season, and taking orders for our full-page ad sale ads, … more
When driving back-and-forth from Fort Dodge multiple times in a week, a trip that includes a lot of nothingness while en route to a town that, in humble opinion should never be hosting state-level … more
Iowa is lagging behind the national average for economic momentum, according to recent data compiled by State Policy Reports. A comprehensive approach to pandemic recovery can help by ensuring … more
We knew these weeks were coming. We couldn't stop it. I'm not Superman. I haven't figured out how to stop the rotation of the earth, or better yet reverse it to go back in time. I dreaded the … more
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