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Local Columns

Community outlook: Anita Townsley

Every April, Child Abuse Prevention Month is an opportunity to learn about the signs of child abuse and how to prevent it. Communities around the nation come together to support families and children by reinforcing strategies that are working.Outreach programs, resources, and activities ...

Community outlook: Sup. Jared Smith

Greetings STC Community! What a year it has been! From lots of snow ... to the derecho ... to COVID ...  we have seen it all!  I’m happy to share that there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel! I wanted to take this opportunity to share updates on all three of these topics ...

-Take a Mulligan-

Attached to this column is an old picture of Chelsea’s Bandstand. Truly a piece of Americana. An icon to “Chelsea-ites.” To anyone growing up in the 50’s and 60’s and even into the early 70’s I think, the Bandstand could only mean one thing—BAND CONCERTS. Every ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community

By Sen. Jeff Edler This was the fourth week of the legislative session. We continued our work on many important issues in subcommittee and committees, and also had more floor debate. One of the bills we discussed is Senate File 231, allowing a person holding a special minor’s ...

Community outlook: Mayor Brian Sokol

With 2020 behind us, we can only hope that 2021 will be much better! I hope your new year is off to a great start. Already in this new year, we have so much to be grateful for. Tama County Public Health has worked tirelessly throughout the COVID 19 pandemic since it began and now they are ...

Community outlook: Middle School Counselors Wedeking, Hass

At the Middle School level, our students have had the least consistent year. However, our students have remained resilient and adaptable as we face the challenges associated with COVID-19. As a school, we were virtual for 13 weeks after the building was damaged. This week concludes 6 weeks of ...

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community Sen. Jeff Edler

Cornfields, Common Sense and Community Sen. Jeff Edler Dear Constituents, I hope this finds you all well and healthy. Our state has been through a number of unique challenges since my last newsletter and I am proud of Iowa’s determination to persevere and rise above the derecho and all the ...

District 72 Newsletter

January 13, 2021 The 89th Iowa General Assembly has begun. There is much the same as previous years of course, but much that is different as well due to the Wuhan virus. We continue to social distance, we are meeting in larger rooms, and we are taking care to minimize the number of meetings. ...

-Take a Mulligan-

Sheda’s Grocery Store! Before we begin this little picture into the past, let’s be perfectly clear on one item; my Dad, Tony W. Sheda, was no saint! No way and no how am I, his youngest, best-looking and most talented son trying to make that statement. In fact, Dad probably is still ...

-Take a Mulligan-

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? A while back, a friend, (I think he was anyway), sent me some answers to this eternal question from some very interesting people. I’m sure their quotations are not accurate but given their personal thoughts, personalities and ideas about life and ...