“Mouse Wars” My husband Peter is now at war with the mice.
• 6.7 acres of land up in flame. • 200,000 dead (and counting) as a result of an ignored global pandemic. • 350 killed, plus more injured, from mass shootings that even a global pandemic cannot slow.
Recovering from and restarting individual lives and the country after a pandemic is hard work.
Dear Editor, Harvest is a busy time in our rural communities, as farmers get out in the field to harvest the year’s crops. Harvest also means combines and large farm eqiupment will be sharing the road with daily commuters.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? We all have at some point in our lives, especially when we’re faced with the unknown, something we can’t control, or a season of life when our to-do list seems never ending. Wait, isn’t that every season?
Q: What USDA assistance is available for crops damaged by the derecho?

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Greetings from Capitol Hill: We are now halfway through Session. This week has been consistently busy between debate, committees, and keeping up on my legislative priorities for the Session. Marriage and family are very close to my heart. I like to take every opportunity that I can get to promote...
Dear Editor, In 2010, I voted for IWILL, because I was ashamed of Iowa’s investment in our natural resources. I’ve never been a big fan of increasing sales taxes, but I agreed that something needed to be done, and that together we as a state should invest in trails, recreation, and conservation....
“Push-Ups with Bob” Bob suggested we all do push-ups. I guess I should mention that I don’t know Bob. Peter, my husband, knew Bob in high school. To be perfectly honest, I’m not sure Peter and Bob were even close pals in high school. But Bob sent me a Facebook friend request shortly after he...
With my ticket to South Africa booked for less than a month from now, my travel plans have sparked increased concern among my family and my sweetheart with the commotion surrounding the coronavirus permeating the news. In one of our calls over the weekend, he asked (as many have): “Are you worried...
Dear Lake Mills Graphic: I do have to say that I am rather disappointed in the front page of your Feb. 19 issue.  I was expecting to read about the hard work and the accomplishments of the Lake Mills wrestling team who qualified for the Iowa State Dual Team Tournament as well as the three...
Greetings from Capitol Hill: Moving forward from “Funnel week”, we have entered the part of Session where a large part of the work is done on the floor of the House and Senate. At this time, committee meetings have slowed down and we have longer days due to debate. Several bills were passed out of...
One of the things I often hear in private conversations is the need to reform welfare programs. This is something I (and many politicians) have campaigned on. Last year, Iowa was fined by the federal government due to the high rate of inconsistencies in the distribution of SNAP (food stamp)...
“An Awful Lot of Cheese” My husband, Peter, likes buying in bulk. Peter hates paying shipping fees. He never wants to run out of anything and he loves a bargain. This is why we buy coffee in enormous bags, crackers by the case, nuts and raisins 10 pounds at a time, rice in 20-pound bags, and...
 The Declaration of Independence recognizes each individual is endowed with inalienable rights. Americans cherish our blessings of freedom, including the rights of individuals to worship freely. From one generation to the next, Americans enjoy the freedom to live one’s faith, no matter one’s creed...
Q: What is COVID-19? A: In January, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency of international concern regarding the outbreak of a new coronavirus detected in China. Coronaviruses belong to a large family of viruses, ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory...

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