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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 ...

Connection in an isolated age

Stay at home. Venture out only when necessary. Don't have people over. Meetings, church, restaurants and bars, service clubs, schools, coffee shops, and more of the usual ways we talk with and connect with others are closed. We can't visit elders in the assisted living and nursing homes, nor ...

Library News – Changing Old Habits

With the start of a new year I have decided to make some new changes in my habits for the better. One thing I want to do is purge myself of all the unnecessary clutter in my home. But that is another subject. I have also decided to try to read more books this year. After reading a short ...

What’s going on at the Extension?

Once again it's the time of year when we consider what we want to do better next year. If history shows that your resolutions usually die a quiet death sometime in February or March, perhaps this is the year to re-think how you set your resolutions!The key: resolutions should be very clear and ...