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Editorials

Take A Mulligan: Sheda Reunion & Fall Festival

A couple weeks ago, September 4 and 5, to be exact, a whole bunch of Shedas gathered in the old stomping grounds of Chelsea, Iowa to reminisce of the "good ol' days." And they were indeed good. We all met on that Saturday for a Memorial Mass in honor of our Grandad, Anton A. Sheda, who came ...

Take A Mulligan

Easy trivia question here, but do you remember Don McLean's record-breaking song, American Pie? The Day The Music Died! This iconic song culminated what perhaps was the essence of the '60's. So much happened in that decade and those of us who lived them, did so knowing that it was probably a ...

Tama County Ag Outlook, Sept. 3

August rain grows the grain. Throughout the last half of August, northeast and central Iowa has been blessed with timely rains just as the area crops look to finish their productive cycle. These late season rains will help fill in soybean pods and add more weight to the parched corn crop. ...

Hurricane Iowa

Last week my hometown of Tama-Toledo, and the eastern part of the state of Iowa suffered what will most likely be one of the greatest storms it will ever see, if not the greatest. The monstrous storm came in without warning and just like that, left behind devastation of epic proportion. This ...

We must prevent predatory rental practices against our friends and neighbors

In communities across Iowa, we’ve seen numerous instances of out-of-state companies buying up mobile home parks, jacking up the rent, imposing surprise fees, and intimidating Iowans - many of whom live on a fixed income. It’s unfair, wrong, and un-Iowan - and it must be stopped. We must ...

The end of the 2020 session

The legislature adjourned for the year on Sunday, June 14. This year’s session was definitely different than previous years. While we didn’t get to all the legislation we wanted, we were able to accomplish a lot in the time we did have. Before we paused the session in March, the Senate ...

A History Lesson for Newly Minted Watchdog Warriors

In 2008, Congress unanimously approved the Inspector General Reform Act to promote political independence of agency watchdogs and discourage outside interference with their duty to combat fraud, waste, abuse and misconduct. This law followed a handful of cases that involved inspectors general ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

Last week the governor announced a new website to give Iowans better access to testing, and give public health officials a better idea of how Iowa is progressing through the pandemic. It helps the governor make decisions on the activities safe to reopen and areas of activities needing to remain ...

Iowa agriculture won’t be forgotten as we battle COVID-19

There is no family or community in our great state that hasn't been touched over the last few weeks by the coronavirus pandemic and the economic hardship that has come with itBut as I've held tele-townhall meetings and talked with constituents and stakeholders across the First District, I've ...