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Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

December 13, 2018 As we gear up for the 88th General Assembly of the Iowa Legislature, I would like to thank everyone for their hard work and input to help solve challenges we have faced in central Iowa and our... more »»

District 72 Update

December 7, 2018 District 72 Newsletter November, 2018 I am honored and humbled to once again be elected to the Iowa House of Representatives to serve the people of District 7. more »»

Now Playing: Two Views of the Orhpeum

December 6, 2018 By Bob Untiedt Orpheum Center Director Earlier this year, a senior manager at a large company, new to town, mentioned that he and his family came to a movie the Orpheum had offered for free to his... more »»

Smart meter judgment day is today

December 5, 2018 Fairfield, Iowa– Unknown to most Iowans, a battle has been underway before the Iowa Utilities Board over Alliant Energy’s plan to require Alliant customers to either pay Alliant certain fees or... more »»

Christmas is for singing

December 2, 2018 It was early Christmas Eve in 1818 when the priests of St. Nicholas Church in Obernadorf, Austria, learned that the broken pipe organ would not be repaired in time to the Christmas Eve Midnight Mas. more »»

Q & A: First Step Act

December 1, 2018 Q: Why do you support the First Step Act... more »»

U.S. Air Froce $1,280 cups

November 30, 2018 You sent me to Congress with a specific mission: cut wasteful spending and make Washington squeal. more »»

Working together to support youth mental health

November 28, 2018 We’ve all heard the alarming statistics: One in five children have or will have signs or symptoms of a mental health disorder. more »»

Q&A: Thanksgiving Message

November 22, 2018 Q: How does Iowa rank for civic engagement? A: As the launching pad for the presidential campaign trail, Iowans are an engaged electorate. more »»

Q & A: Veterans Day

November 11, 2018 Q: As we observe the centennial anniversary of Armistice Day, what is your message to Iowans? A: First, I join with all of my fellow Americans to pay tribute to all of the men and women who have... more »»

Practice kindness to make a difference

November 8, 2018 AMES – Another day, another act of incivility, anger or violence. Ever-pervasive attitudes of self-centeredness and disregard for others seem to symbolize our times. more »»

Grassely Q & A: elections matter

November 2, 2018 Q: What is fundamental to our system of self-government? A: The number one check on government “of, by and for” the people is the ballot box. more »»

Veterans History Project

October 24, 2018 Q: What is the Veterans History Project? A: Congress passed legislation in 2000 to launch the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. more »»

Q & A: Economic forecast

October 20, 2018 Q: What’s leading the U.S. economic momentum now underway? A: By nearly every economic measure, the U.. more »»

Higher wages and a skilled workforce

October 17, 2018 At no time in our state’s history has the need for education and training after high school been more important. more »»

Community journalism matters because communities matter

October 11, 2018 “Everything in this newspaper is important to someone.” It’s become something of a mantra for me, in recent years. Weekly community newspapers are eclectic, to say the least. more »»

Iowa Valley Comm. College's ongoing commitment to its mission

October 7, 2018 Many, if not most, organizations have a mission statement which is intended to make a claim about their passion, purpose, and commitment. more »»

Back to school!

October 7, 2018 Hard to believe that summer is waving us good-bye. I’ve played my share of golf this year and am not at all done playing for the season but I’ve taken my share of mulligan. more »»

To slow-kill a community

October 4, 2018 Once a hamlet of beauty, Tama-Toledo is quiet now with worn, tired storefronts of tattered buildings and countless signs of decay. more »»

Education Election

September 27, 2018 As Iowans engage with candidates across the state in preparation for voting this November, the future of Iowa’s workforce and access to affordable higher education must be a priority. more »»



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