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Did you get a tape-recorded message on the phone from Rep. Steve King last week?
  • 100 garage sales? Challenge accepted
    One thing I’ve found about working at Carroll’s newspaper is that at times I’m going to get involved in the stories I’m writing. Last week, that meant trying “yoga in the park” — which I found I loved.

  • Should veterans want Donald Trump as commander in chief?
    Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for president, the veterans of our country should think about whether they really want Donald Trump as the next commander in chief.
  • ‘Yoga in the park’ a pleasant surprise
    Tree. Eagle. Triangle. Table. Chair.
  • A tatted-up guy, a one-legged guy and a black guy walk into a bar.
  • In round after round Bertrand pounds King back on heels
    Rick Bertrand, in a furious challenge to incumbency’s isolating and ego-inflating effects, landed bruising rhetorical punches on veteran U.S. Rep. Steve King during a GOP congressional primary debate in Sioux City Friday.
  • The Orphan Train stops in Carroll
    Christina Baker Kline wrote a novel titled “The Orphan Train” that is getting a lot of attention across the country, and it should.

    Although fiction, the storyline is based upon a part of our history that now seems eerie and perhaps even repugnant.  For about 75 years (1854-1929) several misguided charitable institutions in New York City thought that they could best help a large number of downtrodden children — orphans and victims of abject poverty and domestic abuse — by shipping them by train to the Midwest and hoping that they would be adopted by families on the farms and prairies of our country. 
  • Burns: Never a better time to be a DMACC graduate
    Congratulations, Des Moines Area Community College Class of 2016.
  • 10 reasons Trump should select Joni Ernst as running mate
    Donald Trump, the bombastic billionaire who has had defied convention, confounded expert prediction, punctured the business of punditry to obsolescence, now has his self-described large hands gripping the Republican presidential nomination.

    His speech Tuesday from Trump Tower in New York City amounted to a rhetorical basketball net-cutting for this bracket-busting political run for the ages. All Trump needed was Bobby Knight (whom he had as a celebrity endorser), scissors and the “Hoosiers” soundtrack.
  • No crying over spilled popcorn and Dr Pepper
    Yes, Bruce Willis’s character really being dead all along got me in “The Sixth Sense”  — and the movie particularly creeped me as I watched it in 1999 during a hurricane north of Boston.
  • Let the elephants  go out to pasture
    In the papers recently was a story that Ringling Brothers was soon going to put their elephants out to pasture, and they would be marching off into the sunset.
  • Do we trust King to talk Ted out of being Ted?
    So the eager suitor shows up to collect your daughter for a date.
  • Thanks for the memories: A bid farewell, Carroll
    I’ll never forget the first time I received a call from a 712 area code. I had never seen a 712 area code. So obviously I ignored it, but a voicemail — a lengthy one at that — came through. As I put the phone up to my ear, an unfamiliar voice carried out a message that would ultimately change the trajectory of my life and my career for the next three years.
  • Why Hillary Clinton will select Elizabeth Warren as running mat

    Let’s start with Hillary Clinton in her own words.

  • Our story starts in 1888.
  • Join or die
    Being hanged or drawn and quartered. Surely not relaxed ways to expire.
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