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Census is back on

If you already sent in your online or mailed response to the 2020 U.S. Census, great. You're counted, and are part of bringing millions of dollars of funding to our community. For those who have not, the U.S. Census Bureau is adapting and delaying its operation to protect the health and safety ...

51 years since moon landing

Each year of the last half century, Americans have observed National Moon Day on July 20. It was on this date in 1969 that humans first walked on the moon. NASA reported the moon landing as, “the single greatest technological achievement of all time.” The space program encouraged a ...

YourLifeIowa reaching out for two years

t was 2018 when YourLifeIowa.org launched its effort to give Iowans a chance to chat live, text or call to get reliable information and treatment options and find help for mental health and addiction treatment. It's an integrated hub for free help and information for alcohol, drugs, gambling ...

We all scream for ice cream

You may have known that June is National Dairy Month but did you know July is National Ice Cream Month? According to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) website, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice ...

Fair fare

The kingdom is without a queen. Tonight there is no contest, no coronation, there are no contestants, no gowns, no tiaras, no applause, no tears, no laughter. There's no communications showcase or clothing fashion show. Tomorrow night there is no talent competition, no tractor pull. There are ...

The thrill of the ‘ville

Sweet Corn Days was called off because of COVID-19, but in our newsroom, we were feeling corny anyway, and compiled the 18 stupendous things about coming from a small town. 18. It takes 15 minutes to drive 15 miles. Because only 5 of those miles are actually in town. The rest are country ...

What we learn

At some point, it became sort of a sport among kids to claim they dislike school. In some cases, it may be true. Some minds and bodies were not built to sit still and listen for long stretches. Others may have trouble getting their heads around the vital core concepts of working with words and ...

Songs of resilience

Last spring brought dashed dreams and disappointment to student-artists and student-athletes whose seasons were cut short. The governor is striking a Return to Learn in person chord with schools across the state and to that end, the Iowa High School Music Association has composed a plan so band ...

Social Security has proven its worth

Eighty-five years ago, the U.S. was in the depths of the Great Depression. Few people alive today are old enough to remember it. We’ve heard from rural families who survived it that since the 20s were not really uproarious out here, there was not much difference when the 30s came in. Stories ...

Back to school season – not the same

The schools we cover: ELC, North Union and Graettinger-Terril are all preparing for back to school with classes starting in-person and including safety precautions. We asked readers if they approved of students returning to in-person classes this month. Brad White said, “Back to school. ...