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Eight fast facts about dear old Dad

Today's fathers who live with their children have a more active role in caring for them and helping around the house than fathers did in years past. The number of single fathers doing it all has also grown in recent decades. However, there are also more single mothers, leaving kids to grow up ...

Local law enforcement urges residents to be safe

The last few months have brought incredible challenges for our communities. As our nation begins to reopen, many Americans will be eager to celebrate the Fourth of July with family and friends. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety ...

Census 2020: Key to Iowa’s future

There are plenty of opportunities for Iowans to impact their future in 2020 — from the caucuses earlier this year to the general election in November. However, another important opportunity may be flying under your radar: the 2020 Census. Every 10 years, the U.S. Constitution mandates we ...

A place at the table

As we look around the fields and hillsides full of corn and beans, the orchards of fruit, the sprawling gardens, and the herds of livestock all over the county, it’s hard to imagine anyone in our neighborhood would go hungry. The heartland is called the breadbasket for the world. Iowa is ...

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 ...