“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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“The Agate Polisher” I don’t think it’s my imagination that Father’s Day seems like a last-minute add-on. “Oh! We have Mother’s Day. We probably should do something for fathers. . .” On Mother’s Day, a bouquet of flowers or brunch seems to do nicely every year. There isn’t an equivalent gesture...
Here’s a controversial thought (as if there’s any other kind in our present, right?): Defunding the police is the bare minimum we should be considering in the wake of not only the past month, but the past century and then some. Half-hearted attempts at reform over the course of our nation’s...
We entered 2020 embedded in an impeachment trial. Then came a worldwide pandemic. And now we’re facing the aftermath of the brutal killing of George Floyd by a rogue Minneapolis police officer. And did I mention that it’s a presidential election year? Bitter political rhetoric seriously complicates...
Iowans are amazing. The level of civic engagement among our citizens is unrivalled. We proved that once again, when voters turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in the June primary election. Despite an ongoing pandemic and civil unrest across the state, Iowans were determined to make...
Dear Editor, As I have said before, the Democratic party is not the party it used to be. It is now a liberal leftist party, that has the great desire to take away your liberty and freedom. Here are some of the policies being advanced by Democrats in Congress: “free” national health care for all;...
“A Little Awkward” It’s harder to keep in touch with people these days. Things are opening up but it’s going to be a while before we hop in a car and visit people the way we used to. I met the pastor of my church while walking. She told me the youth group had been meeting via Zoom and the kids...
With 27 years of age arriving for me this week, once again the idea of time has been weighing heavily on my mind. With the tumultuous state of the world (in almost every possible way), the future feels even more uncertain than ever before. I’ve never been the type to assume how any given day will...
Q: What is the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program? A: The USDA will accept applications through Aug. 28, 2020 from farmers for pandemic-related financial assistance. The direct payments will help keep hard-hit farming operations afloat due to catastrophic disruptions in the marketing and...
The legislative session re-started this week, continuing the work from a couple months ago and with a few new challenges ahead. This session looks much different than it did when we paused. Now, committee meetings are held in the Senate chamber instead of committee rooms to allow for social...
Teachable moments are valuable at any age Dear Dave, A good friend of mine passed away recently. In his will, he left me a couple of items and some money, and I’d like to share the money with my son. He is 25, and a good kid, but he is still impulsive with his finances. Do you have any advice for...

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