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Brilliant gold took turns with dark green on the rolling South Dakota hillsides; fields of ripening small grains lay between corn and alfalfa. The thin stems bent to the wind in glorious sun-kissed waves. Oats. Wheat. Barley. Every year Dad planted cereal grains, which ripened in early August. more
Since I was sworn-in just six months ago, I have made it a priority to advance policies that will benefit our farmers, students, main street business owners, and veterans. A number of efforts that I helped lead have passed the House -- including legislation that expands STEM education programs, protects American research, bolsters research and development in farm technology, provides mental health services to veterans in rural areas, and more. more
To the Editor, Mr. Schauer and Ms. Creasman wrote a pitiful plea to their followers (Times News July 14) to be “Silent No More.” Their call to action for support of … more
Last weekend, Cubans from across the island nation—from Havana to Santiago—took to the streets, rising up against the Communist-run government, as they face the worst economic conditions in decades. While the Cuban people have long-suffered under authoritarian rule, the COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated their hardships and further revealed the abject failures of socialism. more
Rough gray columns of every size extended to the sky; cottonwood and boxelder trunks formed the walls on three sides. Patches of stinging nettle (I called them burning weeds) sharply jutted between the trees for added security. The ceiling was a canopy of green and brown, branches that softly swayed in the South Dakota breeze, lighting up the room with moving stripes of sparkling sunlight. For years, small feet pattered the ground there, wearing down the weeds to a floor of soft black earth. We called this space in the woods our play house. more
It was a relief to read the recent Letter to the Editor submitted by Benjamin Schauer and Jan Creasman. Their letter strongly outlined our current political climate, but did so in a respectful manner. They asked the reader to think, rather than telling the reader what to think. more
After my last editorial in this paper on the extreme property tax increases being forced on Harrison County taxpayers, I was tipped off to dig deeper into what really is going on with our County Assessor and Boards. more
It’s no secret that Iowa’s future is on unsteady ground. As progressive and liberally minded citizens, we’ve forfeited our seat at the table by allowing tunnel visioned, hyper-conservative idealogues to take and maintain power. more
Not a breath of air stirred that warm South Dakota night as I followed my farmer dad and brothers into the front yard. Through the open kitchen windows, silverware clattered and kettle covers clanked. Mom and the older girls were putting supper on the table. more
“Hey, DeAnn! Come help me. It’ll be fun!” he said. When I was six I idolized my older brother. Seldom did he have to work too hard to persuade me to follow in his adventures, and this was no exception. more
A gut punch to Iowans. That’s the only way to describe the Biden Administration’s decision to roll back the previous administration’s Navigable Water Protection Rule. Sadly, for those of us who have been on the front lines of this fight since 2015, this news is not a surprise. more
“We have to look at your garden before we go, Mabel.” Summer guests at our home loved to see Mom’s garden. It was beautiful. With a little help from the kids and Dad, Mom raised potatoes, beans, peas, carrots, lettuce, radishes, onions and tomatoes. A garden tour unveiled perfectly straight rows of lush vegetation in every color of green, which led the onlookers to the flowers. Tall spires of glads reached for the heavens. more
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