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Iowa Valley prepares for 2014 legislative session

January 10, 2014 During the 2013 legislative session, the importance of the mission of Iowa’s community colleges was strongly recognized by Governor Terry Branstad and legislators in both the Iowa House and Senate. more »»

Sense of community - Iowa Juvenile Home

January 8, 2014 Sense of community- IJH The news of the Iowa Juvenile Home’s closing has of course been a shock to the Tama-Toledo community. more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home staff to student ratio

January 4, 2014 As most have heard, Governor Branstad has announced that he will close the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) in Toledo on January 16, sending the remaining children in the home into new facilities and laying... more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home employee reacts to closing

January 3, 2014 My name is Todd Sprague, I was born and raised in Fayette, Iowa. I graduated from North Fayette High School in 200. more »»

How 2013 showcased the bright future of the newspaper industry

December 31, 2013 This has been an exciting year for the newspaper industry. I believe 2014 will be even bette. more »»

Addressing Governor Branstad on Iowa Juvenile Home closing

December 27, 2013 There’s an old story of a very rich man back in the roaring 20’s who threw enormous parties at his mansion. more »»

Jail for juveniles

December 25, 2013 Underlying the recent publicity concerning the resentencing and parole of Kristina Fetters is new research dealing with brain development that has led the U.S. more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home closing is wrong

December 18, 2013 Proper hearing was not afforded before the Iowa Department of Human Services announced the shutdown of the Iowa Juvenile Home / State Training School for Girls in Toled. more »»

Preserving an Iowa hunting tradition

December 16, 2013 Every fall, Iowa hunters head outside into the crisp weather to enjoy a day of pheasant hunting with friends and famil. more »»

The Failure of Progressivism

December 13, 2013 Investor’s Business Daily in a recent editorial reported that the federal government “has spent $3.7 trillion on welfare in the past five years, with virtually nothing to show for it. more »»

Preparing all kids to succeed in school and life

December 10, 2013 We think of education as the great equalizer, and we count on our schools to give every child a fair shot at success as an adult. more »»

Does the STC School Board really need a PPEL?

December 6, 2013 The school board has decided to call a special election on February 4th to get permission to raise taxes on property owners for the next ten years. They were declined on September 10t. more »»

Iowa Juvenile Home update

December 4, 2013 In my previous column I talked about a meeting between a delegation from Toledo and the governor’s office regarding the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH). more »»

Newspapers gearing up for an important Black Friday

November 27, 2013 This is shaping up to be one of the most critical holiday shopping seasons in recent memory. Due to a quirk in the calendar, Thanksgiving arrives less than a month before Christmas. more »»

Tama County Community Foundation---Thanksgiving, A Time to Give

November 27, 2013 When I was a little girl, my father would take me to church on Thanksgiving Eve or maybe Thanksgiving morning. He would march me down the aisle and plop us two rows from the pulpit, right in front. more »»

Philanthropy and education go together

November 15, 2013 Today (Nov.15) is National Philanthropy Day, to “recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions…made to our lives, our communities, and our world. more »»

The Nature of Sin

November 3, 2013 According to the United States Uniform Crime Rate Report, crime in the United States accounts for more death, injuries and loss of property then all natural disasters combined. more »»

Apply for new business property tax credit

November 1, 2013 The Iowa Department of Revenue and local governments are rolling out the new Business Property Tax Credit the Legislature approved this year (Senate File 295). more »»

Grassley Q & A: Farm and Food Bill

October 31, 2013 Q: What is the status of the farm and food bill? A: The clock is ticking for the U.S. more »»

My thoughts on the government shutdown

October 16, 2013 One of the things that has become crystal clear to me amidst all of the rhetoric and posturing that is going on over the federal “government shutdown” that began at the beginning of October is that... more »»



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