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Opinion

Should you vote early in the 2022 midterms? 3 essential reads

Editorials

As political campaigning for the midterm elections is ramping up, millions of voters are considering how they should cast their ballots on Nov. 8, 2022. In addition to the traditional way of voting at their local precinct on Election Day, many have the option to vote earlier by mail. With the ...

Journalism was a calling for slain reporter Jeff German

Editorials

A former colleague of mine was stabbed to death in his yard this month, apparently for writing something someone didn’t like. His name was Jeff German and he was a crackerjack reporter who spent a career covering crime and corruption in Las Vegas. We worked together at the Las Vegas Sun some ...

The bicoastal view does not match rural reality

Editorials

Storm Lake is 150 miles from the Iowa Capitol and 240 miles from the major leagues, and we have two electric vehicles. So this headline in The New York Times caught our attention: “You want an electric car with a 300-mile range? When was the last time you drove 300 miles?” Clearly, the ...

Food Shouldn’t be an Impossible Choice

Editorials

Food shouldn’t be an impossible choice. This is a bold statement, but very truthful. For the general population, we take it for granted that there will be something to eat when we get home from school, work, or play. And we will have a choice of what to eat. But in northeast Iowa, for over ...

Dengler Domain: Harvest

Local Columns

Harvest is coming up, so this means fieldwork begins. Combines move, trucks haul, and dryers cook. With harvest, comes reflection for those in agriculture and those not in it. If not treated as reflection part of the year, it should be. While New Year’s Eye is looked at as a time of out ...

Letter to the Editor: Deb Oleson

Letters to the Editor

The G-R school district is asking the public to vote on a bond issue on September 13. As the former business manager of the district, I felt the need to address some of the information that is being distributed about the bond issue and its impact on the taxpayers of our district. First, find ...

On Nature: Agriculture and Climate

Local Columns

The mechanism that can cause climate change has been known for over a hundred years. It is the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. Today greenhouse gas concentrations are increasing, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels. Although in the past the effects of ...

Letter to the Editor: Tom Boheman

Letters to the Editor

Several years ago, a local school was shut down. I saw this happen in my hometown when a junior high building closed. My wife's hometown sends their high school students to another town. People in Ackley are still upset about the closing of the junior high. People in Wellsburg are upset that ...