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Keeping it brief this week, but be sure to check out our family news pages. In the 13 years I've been back with this publication, and nearly 20 that I've been involved off and on, this week was a … more
Editor: Iowa was the first state since the COVID-19 pandemic began to enact legislation constricting an Iowan’s ability to vote: in-person and by mail. An official with Heritage Action … more
My simplest piece of advice for Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand: Quit while you're behind. We see ourselves as a community newspaper first, county/state resource second. We know that for several of … more
The Legislature wrapped up the 2021 session by taking steps to address years of inadequate funding for Iowa’s prisons and public safety, which has had increasingly dangerous and tragic … more
I made the trek to Ames last week for the Class 2A state girls' golf tournament to follow our Durant Wildcats. Typically, covering sports is extremely difficult. I don't have a sports editor … more
Editor: Like most group activities, spring of 2020 saw an end to the Tri-County Community Band. This was an interruption of over 40 years of summer concerts in Durant and other communities. Most … more
On May 14, prior to making my way to Wapello to cover boys’ Sectional golf featuring both Wilton and Durant teams, I made a very important stop at Muscatine Community College (MCC). The … more
The 2021 legislative session has adjourned for the year with no comprehensive plan to help Iowans struggling from a global pandemic that has upended their lives and their pocketbooks. Over the … more
Editor: The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary would like to welcome home the three young men who have recently returned from service. We regret we did not know that they were in … more
When working for a weekly newspaper, the ability to break news is difficult at times. We walk a tightrope each week of covering events and planning in order to, at times, be the first place our … more
This week’s column will be a short but sweet one. This week’s column is nine years in the making. I am happy to announce that we have finally succeeded in passing EMS as an essential service. … more
The 2021 session is now in its second week of overtime. Republicans — who control the House, Senate, and governor’s office — are still not in agreement with each other about the state budget, … more
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