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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…

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In the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ weekly meeting on Monday, the first item up for discussion was a utility permit for West Central Rural Water. This construction is near the intersection of M68 and Delta Avenue for a new service line.

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When the Iowa Senate set priorities at the beginning of the year, they included helping Iowa recover from the pandemic, passing tax relief for hard-working Iowans and implementing responsible, conservative budgets for the state.

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Almost all policy bills have gone through the House and Senate at this time and so now we are in talks with the House, Senate and the governor for the budget and tax bills to end the session. There is no agreement yet, but we continue to make progress. A couple of areas in our budget that ha…

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Carroll County Engineer Zac Andersen was first on the agenda at the Board of Supervisors’ weekly meeting on Monday. He presented two utility permits to the board, the first for West Central Rural Water for a road crossing between Sections 34 and 35 of Kniest Township. The second was for MidA…

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Thanks to Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), we may have an opportunity to improve the prosecution of sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military and do more to protect the victims of those crimes. They have joined (Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Richard…

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In Monday’s Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting, a quarterly report was received from the GIS (Geographical Information System) department. The big item was the change to Geo Communication software. This is an upgrade to make information more exclusive to Carroll County.

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In the age of scarcity (for many) and excess (for the few), the language and policies of diversity become zero-sum. What another gets, you lose, so goes the polarized thinking that has turned our public square into a fever swamp of resentments and recriminations.

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Iowa passed a new milestone for energy innovation, but we cannot stop now. We must double down on renewable energy development to not only retain our leadership position, but also to continue the economic comeback for rural Iowa.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors in their weekly meeting on Monday awarded to Cessford Construction of Le Grand, Iowa, the contract for resurfacing the 3 miles of E46 from Halbur west to M68.

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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.