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Just last month, President Biden raised eyebrows when he took executive action to begin transitioning federal government vehicles to electric vehicles. It followed a similar move spearheaded by California Governor Gavin Newsom, who last September, fully embraced the Green New Deal and implem…

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Public education has long been the foundation of our state. For generations, Iowans could count on a great public education from Iowa schools to set them up for success in life. When we were growing up, our public education system regularly led national rankings.

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In the only three items on the agenda at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, payables were approved, committee reports included jail progress meeting at Badding Construction, and there was a manure management annual update on Danner Finisher in Pleasant Valley Township.

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On Monday, August 10, 2020, a massive storm system with high winds and isolated tornadoes tore through the Midwest, leaving a 700-mile path of destruction in its wake — from Nebraska all the way to Indiana. In Iowa, early estimates indicated that 43 percent of cropland was impacted across th…

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We’d probably all like to have a job from which we couldn’t be fired. We could neglect our duties and ignore our bosses without consequence.

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Future planning for courthouse offices and operations dominated the first part of Tuesday’s Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting. Department heads and supervisors shared ideas about space constraints currently being experienced.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors in its weekly regular session on Monday received budget requests for the following departments: Veterans Affairs, Department of Human Services, Board of Supervisors, Courthouse and General Assistance.

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The state of Iowa is one of the best financially managed states in the nation. In the Iowa Legislature, we maintained a balanced budget because we abided by a simple budgeting principle — one that businesses and families across the state live by every day: Don’t spend more money than you tak…

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We’re excited to report that the Western Iowa Journalism Foundation has been approved for nonprofit status by the Internal Revenue Service, and can receive tax-deductible contributions to support independent community journalism.

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SIOUX CITY — The day after the 2002 Labor Day holiday, after ending six enjoyable years at the Daily Times Herald in Carroll, Iowa, I was less than a mile away from Day One at the Sioux City Journal, when a song by Fastball came on the radio.

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The first item on the agenda at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday was a utility permit for Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative for an electric line both underground and overhead from 215th Street and Phoenix Avenue, west to Noble Avenue, south to 230th Street then wes…

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The third week of the legislative session included the first floor debate of the year. I’m not on the Education Committee, but I took an extensive interest in the two education bills debated Thursday.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday included FY 2022 pre-budget reviews and quarterly reports from the County Recorder and GIS (Geographic Information System) departments. Budget reviews were also provided by Secondary Roads, Home Care Aides, Environmental Health/Planni…

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The 2021 legislative session has officially begun. The first week was busy organizing a new Senate and a new session. Eight new senators were sworn in Monday, including myself.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday started with Wellmark Insurance’s plan renewal report. Our representatives reported on the stop-loss first as we did hit that six times but were well within the industry standards. There will be a report presented in a month or so on …

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As Iowa turned the page on a year brimming with hardship, from a deadly pandemic and economic fallout, to civic unrest, a derecho and divisive presidential election, the New Year got off on the wrong foot.

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One year ago today, we were both in Iowa getting to work as volunteers for candidates contesting the Iowa Caucuses. We were on opposite sides of the state and volunteering for very different Democratic candidates, one for former Vice President, now President Joe Biden, and the other for Sen.…

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I was a kid from small-town Iowa when I first laid eyes on the United States Capitol. It was 1962. My family squeezed into our Dodge and drove to our nation’s capital for the vacation of a lifetime. It was all about history.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors on Monday heard the following fiscal year 2022 funding requests: Carroll County Fair, $15,000; Community of Concern, $3,000; Manning Main Street, $2,500; and Soil and Water Conservation, $5,000.

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While shop-local campaigns have always been an important part of local messaging for the holiday season, in 2020 several indicators point to that being not only words, but actions. One of the icons the Carroll Chamber of Commerce shares says to “Put your money where your heart is,” and it se…