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Like many Iowans, my thoughts have been rather chaotic since the horrible news from Perry High School last week. The events were so sad and senseless. A 17-year-old student was dead, having shot … more
Generation Z has given the new year a new name — 2024 (for) the plot. Emphasizing their acts toward creating a chaotic and unforgettable year. I can get behind the name, but for different … more
“ Hey, Buddy, what do you say?” My heart smiles every time I hear this or a similar phrase from a parent who is teaching his or her child good manners. My siblings and I may have … more
We Iowans apparently have been kidding ourselves. Somehow, as we focus on taxes, water quality and allegations of big-government overreach, as we wrestle with immigration, inflation, drug abuse, … more
2023 marked 100 years since the Iowa Legislature created the position of Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. In that time, fifteen different Iowans have had the opportunity to lead the talented team at … more
Netflix’s recent release, “Leave the World Behind,” has divided movie buffs across the world. From its title scene to the question-filled ending, Sam Esmail’s new film has … more
Over the last few weeks, I have been asking people what their favorite childhood movie they still enjoy is. Of course, the results varied, but many family-friendly movies later, I have picked my … more
I really should not be surprised by some comments that represent what passes for civic dialogue in Iowa these days. The latest example leaves me shaking my head, not just at the events themselves but … more
At last, they had made it! The three brushed the layer of dust from their fine robes and opened their travel bags. Caspar removed a shiny piece of gold. Melchior found the bundle of frankincense. … more
City leaders in Davenport have forgotten that city government there belongs to the people. It does not belong to the folks who were elected to city offices. This reminder is necessary because of a … more
“ How much longer ‘til Christmas?” Mom likely grew tired of my incessant question; it seemed to me like Christmas would NEVER come! “ It’s only two weeks … more
Only six months ago, I was certain I wasn’t going to see the new year. As I stared at the ceiling of my hospital room for the fourth day in a row, I was only hoping I would leave the room … more
Each journalist has a short list of stories they’ve written that either really resonated with them or that they felt they did a pretty good job on. Some people may not fully grasp this, … more
I stomped the snow off my boots and opened the door to the kitchen. “Mom, I got the mail. Looks like we got nine Christmas cards!” Mom’s face lit with a smile as she took the bundle … more
Folks, it’s not the night before Christmas just yet, but through the halls of Washington, not a creature is stirring – not even a mouse. That’s because federal employees have … more
As an avid rewatcher of “The Meg,'' I thought it would only be fitting for me to review its counterpart, “Meg 2: The Trench,'' which I put in my watchlist the minute I heard of its … more
A recent local event humorously presented “death and suffering as the stuff of dreams.” The CDC’s suicide rates show that people dreaming of death have been a problem nationally. As … more
Our mom used the seven elements of design in her decorating scheme—Deloris, Donald, Darlene, Dorothy, Delmer, DeAnn and a mother’s love. In our farm home special art was positioned with … more
A few months ago, I bumped into a former aide to Gov. Robert Ray. As we reminisced about the governor, our conversation turned to his nearly daily meetings with journalists. The aide said yes, those … more
A sentence in my first column piqued the interest of a fellow co-worker of mine. This led into a long conversation about horror movies and one question that is still racking my brain and needs to be … more
My favorite question to answer is “what are you doing later?” Mainly because my answer stays the same — I don’t know, probably watching a movie with my cat. I have seen … more
I never met my great-grandfather, but I feel like I know him in some way. That’s thanks to the day he sat my grandmother down and told her she could ask him anything about the war, and … more
I don’t know if any of you dear readers have seen this social media trend, but lots of women have been asking the men in their lives how often they think about the Roman Empire. Part of … more
My name is Millie Messerschmitt. I am 14 years old and go to Missouri Valley High School, and I will be writing articles from time to time for the newspaper as a student intern. Some of the … more
Harvest time is underway in area communities. This is a friendly reminder of things we can all be aware of to keep ourselves, and our families, safe during what can be a chaotic time. Keep the … more
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