I don’t know enough, but I know enough.
“Rod Stewart Hair” “I like your hair!” a woman at the party said.
Dear Editor,
“What Cats Like” “I’ve been reading about cats,” my husband, Peter, tells me. Peter has never had a cat before. “Oh, yeah?” “Salt is not good for their kidneys. We have to give Felix unsalted fish.”
Q: Will Congress renew the Farm Bill this year?
Dear Editor, As we approach Ag Week, March 17-23, I’ve been reflecting on the 82 years our family has been farming in Winnebago County. While we’re deeply tied to the land, our real roots are found in this tight-knit community.

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I don’t know enough, but I know enough. I don’t want to spend too much time detailing the ploys and excuses and twisted morality and sense of justice surrounding the genocide currently devastating the people of Gaza. The time for dithering, justifications, and debate has long passed and all focus...
As Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) approach their 50th anniversary of services to Iowans, they do so in the midst of significant change brought about by decisions made during the 2024 legislative session. These changes, most notably a reduction in nearly $75 million in funding, will have a...
Dear Editor   In a former community where I pastored, when school was out for the summer, there was an increase in childhood delinquency. An elderly woman thinking she was quoting scripture reminded me of Ben Franklin’s quote, “Idle hands are the devil’s playthings.” It does have its roots in...
 The so-called “Keystone Kops” are fictional, silent movie policemen, whose comic incompetence displayed chaos and confusion in slapstick comedies produced by Mack Sennett for his Keystone Film Company between 1912 and 1917. Let’s examine a striking similarity with some of our politicians. Why are...
“Rod Stewart Hair” “I like your hair!” a woman at the party said. This is always nice to hear. My hair is my least endearing feature, primarily because there is not much of it. But since my husband, Peter, started cutting it, I worry a lot less. “How does my hair look?” I ask as I head out the...
Local farmers markets, direct-market farmers, and farm stands that are not registered to accept benefits or vouchers from customers might be leaving money on the table. Three of these benefits are the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the...
Dear Editor, Harry or Donald? I’ll start with Harry—Harry Helgeson, former Lake Mills Mayor. Mr. Helgeson had five brothers. Harry and his siblings lost their father from a fall. Tilford Helgeson died at age 40. Harry’s mother, Louise, raised six sons—not a one was born with a silver spoon in...
It was another tough week for the Perry community. After the devastating school shooting back in January, almost 1,300 Iowans working at the Tyson Plant in Perry learned last week they would be losing their jobs when the plant closes down in June.   Since we’re still in session, our top priority...
“What Cats Like” “I’ve been reading about cats,” my husband, Peter, tells me. Peter has never had a cat before. “Oh, yeah?” “Salt is not good for their kidneys. We have to give Felix unsalted fish.” Felix is our adopted street cat here in Mexico. He is coming back to the U.S. with us in a fancy...
One of my favorite days of the entire year is the Century and Heritage Farm ceremony that takes place during the Iowa State Fair. During the all-day event in the historic Livestock Pavilion, hundreds of multi-generational farm families, many in matching t-shirts, wait their turns to proudly walk...

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