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Local Columns

Disappointed with Holliday Creek solar project

As many of you know, the Holliday Creek solar project is breaking ground. As a member of this community who owns land adjacent to the project, I have been very disappointed with how this has been handled. The Holliday Creek project is planned to be built on about 1,000 acres of farm ground in ...

Abrupt Afghanistan withdrawal is dangerous

When an American president makes a decision on military deployment, the action sends signals to friends and foes alike around the globe. Take for example President Joe Biden’s decision to withdraw the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021. Not only was this hasty and ...

Lazy Ike: Still catching fish, 83 years and counting

It’s 83 years old now and no longer in production, but the lure that put Fort Dodge on the fishing map can still be found in the tackle boxes of fishing enthusiasts around the world. And plenty of those lures will be cast into streams, ponds, rivers and lakes during this Fourth of July ...

Standing up to Democrats’ power grab

When I served as the Montgomery County auditor, I was tasked with many different responsibilities. Preparing and certifying tax levies, maintaining financial records, serving as the clerk to the Board of Supervisors, keeping real estate transfer records — you name it. But one of my most ...

A gut punch to Iowans

A gut punch to Iowans. That's the only way to describe the Biden Administration's decision to roll back the previous administration's Navigable Water Protection Rule. Sadly, for those of us who have been on the frontlines of this fight since 2015, this news is not a surprise. Now let me be ...

Dad bod or father figure?

When you’re younger, it’s much easier to make time for the gym or find ways to incorporate physical activity into your day. Plus, your metabolism tends to be on your side to help take care of eating junk food or those late-night food binges. Unfortunately, eventually the on-the-go lifestyle ...