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Editorial

USDA played crucial role in 2020

In mid-December, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released a detailed assessment of his department’s accomplishments in 2020. “While this was a tough year with the coronavirus, historic wildfires and weather damage, USDA met these challenges with a multitude of programs and ...

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2021

Today, we welcome in a new year. We suspect many people were happy to see the end of 2020. Last night, no doubt many readers stayed home, joining the ranks of those sitting on the couch, counting down the final moments of 2020 while participating vicariously in the festivities broadcast from ...

Enjoy a festive New Year’s Eve

It is that time of year when holiday parties pile up one after the other over the course of a couple of weeks – and many of them are held after dark and feature alcoholic beverages. And while the number of parties will likely be fewer this year due to COVID-19, the risk of driving impaired ...

Keep Bill Northey at USDA

The deep divisions between our two major political parties have made it difficult for Congress to function. All too often, needed policy decisions are left unmade because lawmakers find it difficult to work with colleagues with whom they disagree to craft compromise solutions. President-elect ...

Grants provide welcome boost to Otho, Lohrville fire departments

Mention the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and for many people the first thing that comes to mind are the state parks. Fishing licenses and efforts to stop pollution are other things the department is well known for. But few probably realize that it has a role in supporting rural and ...

General deserves credit for admitting mistake

Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected by residents of and officials in many states will not be arriving as soon as we had been led to believe. After a few days of confusion — and finger pointing — about the shortfall, U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna fell on his sword ...