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Schools across Iowa have been dark for more than a week because of winter vacation. But a Des Moines teacher still managed to teach a very important lesson during that time — but this lesson wasn’t aimed at the kids she normally works with. It was intended for adults.

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(Editor’s Note: Jon Bruner of Carroll wrote this piece in response to a guest column from his cousin, Ryan Bruner of Des Moines. Jon Bruner grew up in Carroll, graduating from Kuemper Catholic High School in 2009. He is employed by Carroll County, works as a realtor with Kanne Realty and Ass…

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A retirement party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, for longtime County Engineer Dave Paulson. The public is invited to wish Dave a great retirement.

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(Editor’s Note: Ryan Bruner of Des Moines grew up in Carroll and is the son of Barry and Mary Bruner. He attended Kuemper Catholic High School. Bruner is a grandson of Bob and Lorraine Bruner and John and Margaret Gronstal of Carroll. This essay first appeared on the Des Moines-based website…

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DECORAH: When I first moved to Iowa, it was hard for me to accept that I was giving up not only the beautiful, snow-capped mountains but also the bountiful abundance of craft beers that had become an everyday part of my life in Boulder, Colorado.

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Rural America is facing an enormous economic crisis. Since 1990, our country has grown by 75 million people and rural America has shrunk by 3 million. In the latest economic recovery, just 20 large urban counties generated half of the new businesses and new business formation and 31 large co…

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The 2020 elections are rapidly approaching, and we want Iowans to know that your state and local election officials are working together to protect your vote. Foreign adversaries and bad actors around the world would like to disrupt U.S. elections and sow discord in our country. We are dedic…

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Ah, Bowl Season. A colossal waste of our time, but also an outlet to pull us away from the post-present lull.

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First item at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday was a presentation from Jim Mohr from the Carroll County Fair Association. Their funding request this year is $20,000. Currently more than half of our county funding goes toward the exhibitors and their expenses. They wo…

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The Iowa Board of Regents is being asked this week to consider a complex proposal to turn the operation of the University of Iowa’s utility system over to an unnamed a business that will be paid to operate it for the next 50 years.

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If my 10-year old son can pen a Christmas letter to Santa, I sure as hell can too, right? Well, here we go, a 30-year old sports fanatic sharing his wish list for the world to see.

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The public land auction of 113.62 acres of county-owned farm ground will be held in the Carroll County Courthouse Courtroom at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. This is an opportunity to purchase land near Carroll that has been under county ownership for many years. The full sale bill is available …

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Mark Cady was right at home at the piano and was an occasional singer, too, maybe best known among family and friends for his rendition of “Easter Parade” each New Year’s Eve — a whimsical tidbit that widened the eyes of some people at his funeral last week.

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When up to 200 students walk out of class to stage a protest, it’s about something more than one teacher’s selective use of the “N” word in trying to explain American history.

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Over the years, Veterans Day has become more and more important to me, perhaps because I have grown older and think more about my years of service in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

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I was in Dubuque last week to toast a friend who was retiring after a long and distinguished career. There was a big community reception that was attended by scores of people.

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Traveling across the country on the campaign trail, I’ve heard so many stories: of hollowed-out Main Streets and generations-old shops being run out of business by new box stores; of few jobs and communities struggling to keep their young people and provide them opportunities as they start f…

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors at Monday’s meeting went into closed session per Iowa Code 21.5(j) “To discuss the purchase or sale of particular real estate only where premature disclosure could be reasonably expected to increase the price the government body would have to pay for t…

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The most head-scratching and laughable part of sports gambling is how simple it can be. Sports as a whole are a wonderful thing. But they can be incredibly stressful.

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1. Retired Adm. Michael Franken of Sioux City, a native of the Sioux Center area of Iowa and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said he opted to bring his long military career to a close with the election of President Trump.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Monday began with an update on the Carroll Area Development Corporation from Shannon Landauer, CADC executive director. The update included reports on retail business, housing, preparedness for new businesses and other topics.

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There are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and road construction.