Evaluating insurance needs Dear Dave,
“Dog Stories” My husband, Peter, and I miss having a dog. I see a lot of dogs on the trail during my daily hike, and so Peter (who is always full of good ideas—usually about things I should do) suggested I carry dog treats.
I’ve never needed a President, or any other figurehead, to pander to me or reaffirm my beliefs—I don’t expect it, and, frankly, would not care to listen.
Do you want control over your land? Letter to the Editor, Farmers, Ranchers, Landowners, and anyone interested in the consequences of government officials making harmful decisions,  
“The World of Birds” The raven nest was the big news this spring.
Ignorance is one of those concepts that—no matter how obvious or widespread it becomes—never ceases to sicken and surprise with the ridiculous power it holds over certain portions of the population.

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Q: What do Iowans need to know about counterfeit recovery checks? A: Congress and President Trump included direct cash assistance for most Americans in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The IRS started making $1,200 Economic Impact Payments using direct deposit in mid-...
“Small Containers” Every Mother’s Day, I have a terrible time finding a card that remotely reflects the relationship I have with my mother. My mom is in her 80s now and we have always had a good relationship, free of drama and never short of love. My mother has always been a wonderful role model...
As regular readers may have noticed (or will notice upon publishing of this column), there has been a distinct lack of “new” on my end, in regards to the state of the public sphere and the current and onoing global crisis. While it is important to remind ourselves of the facts and remain aware and...
Dear Editor, There are two reasons for this letter, but a foundation needs to be laid first. As a native of Lake Mills and a 1970 graduate of LMCS, those early years were influenced by ‘The Greatest Generation,’ people who survived the Great Depression and WWII. They led by their example of hard...
By Gladys Godinez, community organizer Center for Rural Affairs Meatpacking plants across the country have become COVID-19 hotspots, and the struggles faced by the people working inside are apparent and alarming. Our friends and neighbors are being asked to risk their health, safety, and lives...
Congress passed a coronavirus stimulus bill (CARES Act) intended to put money in the hands of individuals and organizations. Two large programs are the Paycheck Protection Program (“Paycheck” or “PPP”) and the Main Street Lending Program (“Main Street”). We don’t yet know, officially, how these...
Q: What concerns do you have about nursing homes during the coronavirus pandemic?   A: Protecting the health and safety of patients, residents and their care providers is the number one concern. That’s why the Trump administration in March issued a temporary ban restricting non-essential visitors...
“Raven Watch” The ravens are back. Last year they had a nest right on my hiking trail, but I didn’t notice them making it. I didn’t notice when they started guarding it, or when the female laid eggs. I didn’t notice a thing. I never saw the nest—which is almost five feet across—and I’m not...
This week will be personal. I think we can all relate to needing a breath with the regular influx of heavy news and issues, and this week—more than previous weeks since self-isolation began—I don’t want to think . . . not weighty, mentally draining thoughts, anyway. The only thing I want to think...
Iowans all across this state are going through a similar range of emotions together. COVID-19 haunts our communities like a dangerous ghost. The uncertainty of how we get through can feel daunting at times. But personally, every time I think how badly I want to sit down with friends for a game, or...

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