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It’s getting really nerdy in here. (Aug 13 column)

My house needs a roof and paint and more frequent mowing. Hubs has been out of commission for a bit, so we are far behind. A year ago, just after attending Denver Pop Culture Con and seeing the cast of Bryan's favorite show, Critical Role, seeing Neville from Harry Potter, Doc and Biff from ...

“You have to understand…” (Sept. 3 column)

No one puts their children in a boat, unless the water is safer than the land.” This line from the poem "Home" by Somali-British poet Warsan Shire, brings home the stark reality of the horrifying decisions refugee parents must make. This month includes International Day of Peace, and it had ...

Your one wild and precious life (Sept. 17 column)

The Summer Day Who made the world? Who made the swan, and the black bear? Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean- the one who has flung herself out of the grass, the one who is eating sugar out of my hand, who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down- who is gazing ...

Vote with knowledge, but please vote! (Oct. 1 column)

Today our Voter's Guide is in the newspaper. It is also just before the first mail-in and early voting ballots will be available. Our newsroom contacted every local candidate from U.S. Senate to county supervisor and asked them ten questions we thought were vital to members of this ...

We’re on the same team (Oct 8 column)

Voting has begun. County auditor Amy M. Sathoff said her office sent out a record 1,300 ballots in the mail Monday, the first day for early voting. There are candidates who say they are fighting for the soul of America, of Iowa, of this district. Those are stirring words, but I would submit the ...

And the cat came back…(August 6 column)

In honor of International Cat day, I bring you a noisy, bossy, and fickle feline. This is Flannery O’Connor. She is an orange tabby who adopted us in September, 2014, just after daughter Caitlyn left for college. “You guys got this cat to replace me, didn’t you?” Caitlyn asked at ...

The right to protest (June 4 column)

We've seen the way a protest of the death of George Floyd while he was detained by police in Minneapolis turned into a riot, and I've seen questions about Black Lives Matter with queries about why All Lives don't matter. This week's riots were the most serious in the U.S. since 1968 after ...

Jury trials: back in action (July 23 column)

Wednesday, the Iowa Supreme Court issued an order to provide us with the policies and procedures for the safe and fair resumption of jury trials in our state. After all, trial by a jury of our peers is a fundamental right, and the social distancing requirementCovid-19 has put upon us have ...

Have the best years of your life now

I don’t know everything. Let’s get that out of the way now. Sometimes I’m smart, but I’m wrong a lot, because I take a lot of risks. And while I miss a lot of things about being younger, better looking, richer, more surrounded by friends, more free for adventures, and more sure of what ...

ELC Valedictorian: Together we’ll overcome adversity

I'm using my column space to allow our local high school seniors to express what this journey has been like for them, finishing senior year virtually, and with sports and activities cancelled.Estherville Lincoln Central Valedictorian Lena McCoy said her senior year up until school was ...