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Voters Are Angry By: 02/02/2016 @ 8:14am

Polls say the voters are angry. But are they angry about the right things? Let’s talk about water. Flint, Michigan, used to be a swell town. The population was around 200,000…

What Happened to By: 01/26/2016 @ 11:40am

Don’t let the camel get his nose in your tent, or you’ll be sorry.At least, that’s how the saying goes.I have to admit I don’t know much about camels or why they would…

2016 Can Be Great By: 12/28/2015 @ 9:42am

2016 is going to be a great year.For one thing, in another 10 months or so, the presidential campaign will be over.You know how when you’re getting a root canal you sit and…

Column: Every Death… By: 12/15/2015 @ 9:57am

On my birthday, my family took me out for dinner.We had a good time. The food was good, the small children were well behaved, and we had an interesting, passionate discussion…

Column: Veterans Day By: 11/10/2015 @ 9:05am

What a country.In the lead-up to Veterans Day, I read an article about the first American Naval warship named after someone born in Mexico.Sergeant Rafael Peralta immigrated to…

And the Winner is . . . By: 04/14/2015 @ 7:18am

I see we have another candidate for president.Good thing, too. The election is only about 20 months away . . . we need to get started evaluating if we’re going to know who we…

Views By: 02/24/2015 @ 7:30am

There are many ways to look at the world, which is something that I find a little puzzling since, clearly, mine is correct.  But, this is a free country so I need to let…

Roundtable By: 01/27/2015 @ 7:26am

I think most of the world’s problems could be solved if everyone, at least once a week, ate breakfast in a diner, seated at a round table with half a dozen people they didn’t…

Talking Out Loud By: 01/20/2015 @ 6:33am

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King Jr.I read this on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and have been…

Your Worst Critics? Your… By: 01/09/2015 @ 5:33pm

Every farmer in Iowa should have been at the Des Moines Water Works Thursday when its board voted to sue three northern Iowa Counties that run the drainage districts that Water…

Sensible Solutions Needed for… By: 08/19/2014 @ 9:15am

On Saturday, August 2, 2014, a toxin, microcystin, was found at the municipal water treatment plant in Toledo, Ohio. That discovery plunged a city of 500,000 people into a tap…

Contentment By: 06/24/2014 @ 7:27am

Two days of contentment.That’s what the farmers in our area have had this year - about two days of contentment.That’s not as bad as it sounds . . . I remember a decade when I…

Farmers Market Memories By: 06/23/2014 @ 9:42am

After being told for several months that it’s on backorder, our warm weather has at last arrived. And in yet another illustration of “be careful what you wish for,” I have…

Listening By: 06/10/2014 @ 7:05am

Did you see the news story about the 89-year-old guy in England who wanted to attend the D-Day Memorial Services in Normandy?  The staff at the nursing home where he lived…

Start From Where We Are By: 05/20/2014 @ 7:30am

On the way home church on Sunday, we were having a conversation.It may have been more of a one-sided conversation than the usual definition of the word conversation.OK, I may have…

Farmland: New Documentary is… By: 05/12/2014 @ 9:52am

Massive storm clouds and severe weather alerts set the stage last night for the Ames, Iowa, premiere of Farmland. It was a fitting backdrop for the opening scene as David and Kris…

Spring 2014 By: 04/07/2014 @ 7:31am

I’m not going to write about another April snowstorm.It’s about tax time, and I’m not going to write about that either.Yesterday, I left the house around 5:00 a.m. and…

What National Ag Day Means to… By: 03/25/2014 @ 8:45am

National Ag Day is being celebrated today, and it is a poignant celebration for my family this year. Dad suffered a brain injury when he fell in his farm shop in Maryland in…

Greta By: 02/25/2014 @ 10:09am

We know a little girl named Greta - nice little girl, about 7.  She has severe epilepsy and has been having seizures since she was 5 months old – a lot of them. …

Early By: 02/17/2014 @ 7:53am

It was 6:32 a.m. and -11 degrees.  I was heading south on Hwy 75, between Clinton and Ortonville in western Minnesota.  As I came over a rise I saw a string of seven sets of…

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