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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 ...

Tis The Season…

So much to do during the Christmas season; baking cookies, buying presents, Christmas programs, cards & newsletters and visiting good ol’ St. Nick too. But we still have to find the time to enjoy the Christmas season, don’t we? One of the best ways is sitting down, getting the family ...

Take A Mulligan

Thanksgiving is over, (or I think it is), and we all can officially begin the Christmas season. No “bah-humbugs” please. We’ve had enough of that in the past ten months or so, haven’t we? Let’s break through all the nastiness of this past year and get into the Christmas ...

Community outlook: MA, LMHC Erin Gumm

Engaging in healthy ways with social media By Erin Gumm, MA, LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor How many of us have scrolled mindlessly on our phones for a few minutes, which then leads to an hour or more, in order to avoid some of the tasks that need attention at work or at home? ...

“Deja Vu All Over Again”

Everyone knows this quote from the legendary Yogi Berra. He also said when ordering a pizza, “You better cut it into four pieces. I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat six.” Here are some more quotes from famous people: “The secret to staying young is by living honestly, ...

Back to school quiz time

I know school in some shape and form has been going on for a little while now, but this has given everyone some time to prepare for the first "quiz" of the Fall Quarter. Remember those "pop-quizzes" we used to get back in the stone age? Well, we have brought them back to life again. ...