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Local Columns

Every state is now a border state

In August alone, Customs and Border Protection encountered more than 208,000 people attempting to enter the U.S. illegally—an increase of 318 percent during the same exact time just one year ago. And the harsh reality is the situation shows no signs of improving. Recently, I led a ...

It’s not about a football game – it’s about a lifetime of friendships

Mick Flaherty had a tough decision to make. Just six days after laying to rest his son Tim, the highly respected manager of Fort Dodge’s Hy-Vee store who died Sept. 6, Mick was to meet up with St. Edmond High School classmates in Iowa City for their annual gathering at a Hawkeye football ...

Let’s serve up some prime cuts

Earlier this year, Washington Democrats rammed through a massive, nearly $2 trillion bill full of partisan pet projects and Democratic Party wish list items under the guise of “COVID relief”—all without any Republican support. Fast forward to today, they are looking to continue down their ...

Local OB/GYN doctor encourages patients to get vaccinated

As a physician and a parent, I would like to take a moment to speak directly and honestly about the COVID-19 vaccine and the impact the COVID-19 infection can have on a mother and baby. I know there is a lot of hesitancy among women regarding the vaccine. With all the information that we see on ...

Now more than ever, our Global War on Terrorism veterans deserve recognition

As a company commander who served in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom—and someone who spent 23 years of my life serving in the United States military alongside some of the best and brightest our country has to offer—the last few weeks have been extremely difficult to watch. ...