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Local Columns

Webster County generosity

Residents in Webster County are incredibly generous with their time and money. That generosity helps our region to thrive. Locally, we have various nonprofits who benefit from monetary donations and time spent with hands-on work. We have many Growth Alliance Ambassadors who spend time ...

The hope chest

“I’m so old I think God forgot about me.” Believe it or not, that is a statement I have heard more than a few times in my 20-plus years working in long-term care. Aging in general has taken on a new meaning for me as I start to inch closer and closer to that half-a-century mark. In ...

College Savings Iowa is ready for second generation savers

In September of 1998, I launched the College Savings Iowa 529 plan to offer families a tax-advantaged way to save and pay for the rising costs of education. The plan has since grown at an exponential rate, recently reaching over $6.3 billion in assets across 276,500 active accounts. Our past ...

It’s the season of political clogs

It seems as if we’re in a season of clogs. Things are either moving slowly or not moving at all. Take presidential politics. So far neither leader of the two main parties has declared whether he will be running in 2024. Usually by now, especially here in Iowa, we will have been visited ...

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 ...