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It’s no big fish tale! If dad even mentioned the words “go fishing,” the whole family would be ready and waiting in the car within 30 minutes. Worms dug. Poles packed. Lunch loaded. … more
Artificial intelligence (AI) was engineered to make our lives easier but poses the possibility of being twisted into menacing machines that wage war against mankind. At least, it’s a familiar … more
It stood 60 feet tall. Four sturdy metal legs, anchored to the ground, telescoped to the top where a six-foot wheel of angled blades spun into a blur. The giant sentinel greeted everyone who entered … more
The couple made their way through the dry prairie grass from the neighboring wagon. Fina smiled a welcome. “Come sit by the fire. I’ll put the coffee on to boil.” Thankful she had … more
I was recently watching “There's Something About Mary,” the Farrelly brothers directed movie starring Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz that came out in 1998. A significant cameo that … more
On a balmy February afternoon, I succumbed to the nagging temptation. I could not help myself. Just inside my garden fence I scratched in small patches of seeds—lettuce, spinach and radishes. … more
Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Sue Cates, who currently runs JC’s Dairy Den with her husband, Jim, and Jeanie Botos, whose mother, Jennie Hiller, built and opened the … more
Curtains…What images open (or flutter) into your mind as you see the word? The curtain in the temple that ripped in two? The heavy velvet drapes in the auditorium that open to the first scene? … more
It's been a rough week for Bearcat nation. Men’s basketball head coach Ben McCollum took his leap towards his Division I dreams. Although many of us saw this day coming, it’s still … more
This past weekend, we packed up the car and drove nearly four hours to our hometown of Mason City in almost-Minnesota Iowa. By “we” I mean my fiancee, Morgan, our golden retriever, … more
The red, white and blue stripes spiraled in circles and disappeared like magic at the top. I stared in wonder at the lighted barber pole on Calumet Avenue that rainy April morning. Dad opened the … more
A conversation I have far too often is the difference between having a favorite movie and having a movie that you have seen more than any other movie. I have a list in my phone dedicated solely to … more
I had the opportunity to snap a couple photos at the ribbon cutting for West Law Office last week, and while I was there a few things happened that meant more to me than people probably know. … more
Every legislative session I have the privilege of hiring a legislative page to help support my office functions. Pages are typically high school juniors who take a semester off from school to … more
Do you ever realize, mid-stroke, that you have suddenly forgotten an important password? Ever forget a phone number—maybe even your own? Do you notice this happens more than it used to? … more
Since its release in 2013, my favorite movie has stayed the same. I saw “The Great Gatsby” when it first came out and I never looked back. It stuck with me so much that I hadn't since … more
For the second time in T.J. Otzelberger’s three years as head coach of the Iowa State men’s basketball program, the Cyclones are headed to the Sweet 16. His connection to Iowa State … more
The legislative session is grinding on as we approach the end of week 10 which is also our second funnel week, a self-imposed deadline between the chambers to have bills out of committee in order to … more
I have one fence. It is three-foot chicken wire attached to steel posts. Its main purpose—to keep the rabbits out of my garden. The fence was a success until July of last year. One industrious … more
Women’s History Month is about more than the contributions that women across the world have given to pave our world today. It highlights the women who have walked the earth, making even the … more
“ Will you please bring me two sticks of oleo?” Mom asked as she prepared to mix up a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Elbows on the table, I watched her get out her big crockery mixing … more
It's been one week since associate editor Aaron Hickman and graphic designer MaKayla Polak saw “Dune: Part Two” in theaters, which could only mean one thing: an extra special edition of … more
Every day, late in the afternoon, Deloris, Darlene or Dorothy hoofed it, often barefoot, out to the pasture to get Boss or bossies headed home for the evening milking. My sisters all remember … more
Finding research on sexual harassment is nearly impossible, that is, in reference to it being outside of the workplace. It goes so much further than sitting behind a desk, yet millions of people … more
I recently spent some time at the Harrison County Historical Village and Iowa Welcome Center between Missouri Valley and Logan on Highway 30. While I had been there before, I had never taken in … more
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