“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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Q: What kinds of cybersecurity problems are cropping up for teleworking and online learning? A: As schools and businesses transition their workforces and students online due to the pandemic, Iowans need to take internet security measures seriously. Be aware that home networks are vulnerable to...
Often someone asks a question that sticks in my memory—one that has no immediate or easy answer. That happened to me recently. A friend asked me about racial tension and what’s happening now around the country. His words: “What bothers you the most about all of this racial turmoil?” I fumbled...
To the Editor, To all the people who hate this country so much, those who want socialism, marxism, or communism, why don’t you move to a country that has that? You certainly have lots of choices. Millions have risked their lives to flee to this country for freedom. If you do not respect our flag...
“Summer Storm” I was headed out for my daily hike. There was thunder in the distance. “It’s getting lighter,” my husband, Peter, said. “I don’t think we’re going to get any rain.” The air smelled like a storm to me, but what do I know? If my dog, Milo, were still alive I would have asked him....
Q: What’s the latest red flag with regard to China’s efforts to steal U.S. research? A: The theft of American ingenuity and know-how by foreign agents is a tale as old as the republic. However, in the global race to find treatments and cures for COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is...
For two weeks this July, we crisscrossed our state, carrying forward a tradition started by Senator Grassley 40 years ago to meet with Iowans in every county, every year. On this road trip, we each reached Iowans in 29 counties. Like Iowa students who are eager to return to their classrooms and...
There are many perpetual delusions permeating the social sphere of the United States, and the supposed “greatness” of America is perhaps the most historied fairytale that we as a country continue, ignorantly, to put stock in. As I alluded to last week, in no uncertain terms, the history of America—...
To the Editor, I am working on a project to remember Yesterday’s High School Sports Heroes from Lake Mills and other North Iowa high schools from 1970-2000. Here are some that I either saw play when we lived in Lake Mills and Mason City or heard about:   Mike and Maynard Stensrud were...
“The Blue Tarp” I noticed my wrists were sticking to my desk. This was a gradual awareness. I spend almost all day at my desk and I don’t know precisely when it started, but I finally looked down because my wrists were undeniably sticky. I had used the wrist rest in front of my keyboard for...
Q: Why did you conduct congressional hearings to examine overseas supply chains? A: Even before COVID-19 reached America, I’ve led oversight and investigations into supply chain issues, such as the sale of counterfeit goods and our reliance on foreign countries for active pharmaceutical...

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