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In the months since COVID struck, we have encountered many challenges. Iowans lost precious work hours or their job altogether. Kids were home with school closures, and senior citizens became even more shut in. As the state started its economic recovery, a historic storm ripped across commun…

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The first item on the agenda at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Monday was an update on the ISICS radio project by Jason Hoffman, Ray Freeman consultant for the county, Dave Wojitylko and Julian Duran from Motorola. Testing was completed in ½-mile grids with 99.64% passed…

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Last week was the 12th week of the legislative session. In order to be considered this year, policy bills needed to be out of their original chamber and through committee in the second chamber. As such, the Senate spent time last week looking at policy bills sent to us from the House.

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The single free-standing, walk-in mausoleum in the Carroll cemetery was built in 1927 for the Anneberg family. Mausoleums are walk-in structures that are usually meant to contain more than one burial, with the burials interred in crypts or under the floor inside the structure.

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When leaders do not know what to do, they hide behind numbers and statistics. It’s all in the metrics, you know. One thing we have learned from this year of the coronavirus is that numbers seem the safe haven of frightened people, who do not know what to do but hope that we will think that t…

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At the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ weekly meeting on Monday, County Engineer Zac Andersen received approval to seek bids for milling and resurfacing E46 from Halbur to M68. This 3-mile stretch of county highway was scheduled for 2024 and is seeking bids for fiscal year 2021-22.

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We’ve just completed week nine in the Iowa Senate, and much of that time was focused on floor debate. Last week, a national magazine ranked Iowa No. 1 in the nation for opportunity based on affordability, economic opportunity and equality. Iowa will take a center stage again this week, not f…

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The winners of bracket pools are almost always people who don’t follow the sport of basketball. So I came up with a foolproof plan to win it all this year.

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If you have a student headed to college in the fall, or even in the next two or three years, you may be confused about the various ways to pay for it. Frequently, families find that their own savings and student earnings will not be enough to pay the cost of attendance after scholarships, gr…

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Editor’s Note: Dr. John Evans is a member of the Kuemper Catholic School Board of Education and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Parish in Mount Carmel. The following was read aloud at rally in Sioux City on Tuesday, March 2, protesting the Catholic Diocese of Sioux City’s pastoral plan.

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While 2020 was a challenging year, I have to look back in amazement at the strength, resiliency and adaptability of the business community in Carroll.

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I want to express my appreciation to East Sac County Elementary School personnel for taking time out of their busy schedules to update me on some of the great things they are doing to ensure a positive educational experience for their students. I hear great things about their principal, and …

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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…