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“Reasonable” is a word that is used often in Iowa’s laws. Reasonable fees. Reasonable rules. Reasonable efforts. Reasonable force. But events in recent weeks show government … more
When prioritizing expenses, a major household bill is utilities (e.g., electricity, gas, water and sewer, landline and cell phone, and internet/cable). The highest utility cost is typically heating … more
On Thursday, September 22nd at 6:00 pm the Estherville Public Library will host a program with E. Calvin Alexander Jr. covering the Estherville Mesosiderite, Meteorites, and Planetary Geology.  … more
Growing up in Bloomfield in the 1950s and 1960s, I remember seeing empty coffee cans next to the cash registers in places like Ollie O’Briant’s drug store, Bill Tews’ coffee shop … more
Televisions are getting larger, but that does not make it easier to decipher the political ads that are as common these days as gnats at a picnic. There is one thing we should understand about … more
It’s hard to believe, but summer is over. The new school year has started, Labor Day has come and gone, and the school activities have all started. Estherville Public Library is also ready for … more
Taking leave of a visitation one recent Sunday evening Rose and I picked up burgers and fries at Hardees before heading out to our favorite spot in the world, The Little Green Bridge south of Tuttle … more
Suicide deaths are tragedies yet they are also preventable. September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month and suicide is the 12th leading cause of death nationwide. Among kids 10-14 and adults … more
It is difficult for many of us to muster empathy for people accused of crimes who have complaints about the way police treated them.This lack of empathy probably occurs because ordinary folks do not … more
Week three was packed with committee and subcommittee meetings. The first funnel week is coming up soon which leads to a big push of bills to committees. There were seventy House subcommittee … more
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