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This year was the first time in a very long time that I had not spent the Fourth of July up in Clear Lake, Iowa. It was the first time ever that I had not celebrated it with much of my family. I … more
According to reporting from the Harlan Tribune in its June 18 edition, Elk Horn facilities recently went into lockdown due to an incident involving a child. Elk Horn pool staff was … more
As many artists I love get older, and some of them stop touring altogether, it's always special for me when I'm able to go and see a performer or group that I enjoy. In the past, I've had the … more
I ventured out to the movie theater and saw “Civil War” last week. I enjoyed it, but not because I'm super paranoid about another civil war happening in the U.S., or even particularly … 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
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
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
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
Last Thursday, something we’ve watched happen far too often in this country happened in Perry, Iowa. When I say “watched,” I mean it. I’m guilty of it, too. After each … more
At the Missouri Valley City Council’s regular meeting on April 18, the culmination of weeks of discussion on full-time paid EMTs and the EMS program overall came with a decision to back it. … more
I recently experienced a first, and it wasn’t a good one. A teacher who meant a lot to me passed away, leaving behind a wife and four children. I had Mr. Bouska for math classes during … more
The youth and senior citizens of Missouri Valley are very fortunate to have a community that wants to ensure safe recreational areas for them to exercise, play and practice. These opportunities were … more
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