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The first item on the agenda at the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting last Monday was an update from Dawn Mentzer, CEO for Rolling Hills Community Services. She reported on the core services that need to be in place to meet the time frame on the new requirements set by the State L…

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Agricultural production is the backbone of Iowa’s economy. The 4th District is in the top three when it comes to livestock, crops, ethanol, and overall ag production, so I know how important our ag producers are to our state. I also see how little Washington, D.C., appreciates what it takes …

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting agenda on Monday was very short and included a Carroll County Development Corporation update. Matt Meiners, economic vitality director with the CADC, gave an update on the Partners in Progress initiative. The Partners in Progress magazine goes…

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“Seventeen, hot rod queen, cutest girl you’ve ever seen, tell the world I’m really keen on my hepcat doll of seventeen. Now, sloppy shirt, old blue jeans, dirty shoes, by all means, patch of blonde, peroxide hair, jukebox, baby, ain’t no square.” —Boyd Bennett & His Rockets.

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In the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ weekly meeting on Monday, Main Street Coon Rapids Executive Director Katie Mason gave an update on progress in their community.

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The news out of Afghanistan last week about the terrorist bombing at the airport in Kabul brought fresh heartache — and old memories — to Iowa.

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The man who answered the door at a farm house west of Bloomfield one afternoon in the early 1970s was an imposing figure, even without that thick beard on his chin.

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In a very light agenda Monday morning, the supervisors had a good discussion with New Opportunities representatives on the handling of policies that they cover under a 28e agreement. Funerals and utilities were the topics in question. Good dialogue led to possible solutions that will be word…

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The first item on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Monday was to review and consider approval of an agreement for professional services with SEH (Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc.) to do a spatial need, HAVC and facility review assessment of the courthouse. The board approved…

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It’s humbling to look at the ancient carved bluff shadowing the Middle Raccoon River that gives name to Whiterock Conservancy near Coon Rapids. Here is the best approximation of what Iowa looked like before the Europeans arrived: oak savanna and wetlands populated by big bluestem, herbivores…

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At the Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, County Engineer Zac Andersen reported on PCC patching on Old 73 south of Coon Rapids, and this road reopened Tuesday. N33/Dedham Willey Road work is continuing with the base widening portion and was to be completed Tuesday, and th…

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First on Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ agenda Monday was a community development block grant down payment assistance program. This is round two as the first had some success and funding is still available. These funds are to help with home ownership for lead-based paint and asbestos m…

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In recent years, Republicans and Democrats in the Iowa Legislature often agree on little. But they were nearly unanimous this spring in supporting an important piece of legislation — a bill requiring faculty and administrators at the state universities to go through training about the First …

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The first item on the agenda for the Carroll Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Monday was the appointment of Randy Drees as a Maple River Township trustee to succeed Richard Baumhover, who is retiring from the position. The board approved the appointment and thanked Randy for volunteering and…

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Growing up in Breda, I attended Mass at St. Bernard Catholic Church every Sunday and, for that matter, every school day until I left for college at the age of 18. Before me, my father had attended Mass there for his entire life, and before him, my grandfather and great-grandfather.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ weekly meeting on Monday included a review of the Carroll County Public Health Services. Becky Vonnahme provided overview of Public Health services, and the board advised her to pursue RFP (request for proposal) for essential public health services fo…

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The new Juneteenth federal holiday celebrates a transcendent moment in U.S. history, when news of the abolition of slavery finally reached African Americans in Galveston, Texas, the farthest corner of the South.

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At the Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, County Engineer Zac Andersen presented two utility permits. The first starts on 180th Street and goes to Kittyhawk Avenue. They will be placing fiber in the area. Next up, Rural Water will be placing a new service in Sections 23 a…

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COUNCIL BLUFFS: As a union plumber and labor advocate, I have long since learned that when it comes to politicians, what they do is more important than what they say.

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Editor's note: This was Slade Sibenaller's valedictorian speech at the Carroll High School commencement ceremony.

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Editor's note: This was Gracie Simmons' valedictorian speech at the Carroll High School commencement ceremony.

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Editor's note: This was Emma Nelson's valedictorian speech at the Carroll High School commencement ceremony.

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Editor's note: This was Charles Teggatz's valedictorian speech at the Carroll High School commencement ceremony.

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Editor's note: This was Hannah Duncan's valedictorian speech at the Kuemper Catholic High School commencement ceremony.

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Editor's note: This was Kylie Feilmeier's salutatorian speech at the Kuemper Catholic High School commencement ceremony.

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In 1937-1938, with the work and some material furnished under a Works Progress Administration project, the Maurice Dunn Post #7 of the American Legion and the City of Carroll shared the cost of the construction of a monument to the memory of the community’s World War I veterans.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors in its weekly meeting on Monday approved a contract and bond with Cessford Construction of Le Grande, Iowa, for $556,796.73 for milling and resurfacing the 3 miles of County Highway E46 between Halbur and Highway M68.

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At approximately 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, the 2021 legislative session ended at the capitol. The term for ending the session is called Sine Die, which in Latin means to adjourn for the last time. The session was interesting to say the least. There were dramatic changes made in tax polic…