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Rural Economic Development Drives Iowa’s Growth

November 8, 2017 Economic development is critical for the success of Iowa. It takes on an even greater importance when dealing with the state’s rural economy. more »»

Your local newspaper: The real deal

November 1, 2017 While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper. more »»

Question & answer: Crimes of the 21st Century

October 28, 2017 Q: How will your legislation help curb financial exploitation of older Americans? A: Given their lifetime of hard work and savings, older Americans are often targeted for financial fraud and... more »»

On the Stump-Politics 2017

October 21, 2017 •Elections and how they are conducted have changed a bit over the years- See Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s story on Page 1. more »»

Iowa schools are making a difference in early literacy

October 20, 2017 Statewide efforts focused on making sure all Iowa students are proficient readers by the end of third grade are demonstrating a positive impact in the growth of literacy skills. more »»

Question & answer; Renewable Fuel Standard

October 18, 2017 Q: What’s at stake with proposed regulations that would reduce the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2018 and 2019? A:Congress enacted the RFS and other policies to boost U.S. more »»

Gov. Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Gregg announce Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations

October 18, 2017 DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced new Future Ready Iowa Alliance recommendations Tuesda. more »»

Comment on flag and knee

October 15, 2017 Letter to the Editor: July 5, 2007, 8 a.m., a beautiful summer day. I, my wife and five kids are standing in front of St. Elizabeth’s Church. A black hearse pulls in front of the church. more »»

South Tama Schools: Superintendent Berger's Comments

October 12, 2017 Fall is here and we are finally settling in to our routines. Thanks to everyone for making Homecoming week a nice event. more »»

Five priorities to reduce opioid overdose death in Iowa

October 7, 2017 Prescription opioid drug overdose death has become an increasingly well-documented epidemic in Iowa and across the country in the last 15 year. more »»

Cornfileds, Common Sense and Community

October 4, 2017 This has been the fastest moving summer ever! This summer was filled with many hours of meetings, seminars, emails, phone calls and good old fashioned hard wor. more »»

Congressman Blum’s September 2017 Mailbag

September 30, 2017 Do Members of Congress really receive their full salary as a pension after serving only one term? Judy from Cedar Rapids on Facebook The Congressional pension plan is one I have long regarded as a... more »»

Marshalltown Commnuity College's commitment to campus safety

September 29, 2017 What keeps me up at night? As a parent, wife, daughter, friend, colleague, and college leader there are many issues and concerns that oftentimes keep “the sandman” away. more »»

A community compromise

September 27, 2017 As a supporter and participant in the arts, I would ask the new owners of our Toledo community building to consider merging it with the theater as an Arts comple. more »»

Grassley, Ernst urge inclusion of drug take back programs in federal Anti-opioid Abuse Report

September 15, 2017 Editor’s Note; The Toledo Police Department is conducting a drug take back day this Saturday, Sept. 17. For information on products accepted contact Chief Bob Kendall 641-484-3013. WASHINGTON – Sen. more »»

President Trump’s American System: Why rebuilding 0ur infrastructure and placing America first will help our national economy

September 7, 2017 In Ohio, President Donald Trump discussed his plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. Rebuilding the national infrastructure is just one aspect of President Trump’s America First economic agenda. more »»

Undercover government report shows just how ineffective this Telecom Program is

August 30, 2017 This June, the Government Accountability Office published a report on the federal government’s Lifeline program, one of four programs established in the decades long pursuit of “universal service. more »»

On the Stump: Politics

August 26, 2017 Senator Ernst tours Iowa Premium, Tama U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) toured and eet with officials of Iowa Premium, the Tama beef packing plant on Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 23. more »»

Not all Civil War monuments are disrespectful

August 24, 2017 To Editor John Speer- A conversation in my office occurred about the Civil War Monuments and Statues. I live near Atlanta, GA so as you probably can imagine the conversations are strong. more »»



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