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From the Mayor …

The evening of June 28th, 1969 patrons at a local New York bar called Stonewall Inn were forced out of the bar and into the streets. The patrons at the time had broken a law by actively and openly dancing with one another. Around 13 people were arrested that night, the number included ...

Until Then poignant, inspiring

Despite an abundance of World War II novels and nonfiction over the past several years, one novel stands out in its depiction of soldiers and civilians. Until Then by Gail Kittleson of St. Ansgard, Iowa, tells the separate yet slightly merging stories of two main characters – Dorothy ...

A billionaire and two millionaires talk oppression

I just want to say this: I like Oprah, even though I’m about the only one who never got a car. I think she went through a lot and she has a good heart. I was in junior high when Prince Harry was born, so at no time did I ever think of him like that; the most I thought of him ...

Probation – another chance to get it right?

There are currently 25,910 people on probation in Iowa. That's almost one of every hundred Iowans. When those on parole, special sentence, pretrial release with supervision and other criminal situations that are not jail or prison are added, nearly 40,000 Iowans are in community based ...

An Imbalance

Last spring just as the isolation of the pandemic was setting in, Hulu released a nine-episode series called “Mrs. America,” about the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, the backlash that was mostly unexpected, and the efforts of activist Phyllis Schlafly ...

Marriage for money?

National Marriage Week touts matrimony’s financial benefits For the twelfth year, National Marriage Week has launched its grassroots campaign to increase marriage education and champion marital success. Running always the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, Feb. 7-14, Organizers said ...

A journey to a strange land -Nov. 26 column

Two years ago, I was in St. Petersburg, Florida from the Sunday until the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and after that we left on a journey to Texas to see my daughter, Caitlyn and her true love, Corey and spend the holiday with his father and stepmother, with the knowledge that Caitlyn and ...

Hey, Santa

I always remind the children who write letters to you life isn’t about perfect performance, but about growing and learning. You and I both know what’s happened, but each day springs anew. This was another pretty good year, and any bad things I did were comical or enlightening adventures ...

Sports and arts-the magic touch 12-17 column

Wednesday, the Iowa Jazz Championships released a statement cancelling jazz band competition for 2021. The announcement really was a surprise as I feel that schools could compete virtually or progressively load in and load out throughout the day so there were only one or two groups in any given ...

Dealing with tragedy

Tragedy is defined as an event or a circumstance that causes great suffering and distress. Words cannot express how some of you are hurting at the sudden loss of a young man in our community. Every loss of a loved one is difficult, but this loss seems to pain our community more deeply, ...