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It comes as no small relief in these quarters that our local Republican legislators are not on board with Gov. Kim Reynolds’s plan to raise the sales tax for mental health, natural resources and property tax relief.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, Feb. 24, started with a discussion concerning zoning. Zoning Director Carl Wilburn voiced his concern with proposed legislation that would affect rural zoning in Carroll County. His particular concerns were with the airport and flood…

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The first item on the agenda for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday was the acceptance with regrets, the letter of employee retirement of Dan Heiman from the Conservation Department on April 30.

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Talented rural Democratic candidates for the Iowa Statehouse with deep wells of connectivity in their communities, like Stuart’s Warren Varley, Manning’s Peter Leo and Rippey’s David Weaver, went down to defeat by muscular margins in their 2018 election bids to represent what collectively is…

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Forgive me, but I think some government officials forget they work for the people of Iowa, or maybe they just don’t want the public asking too many questions, especially if those questions could be embarrassing.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors on Monday covered a variety of subjects. First up were discussions on Drainage Districts 77, which is along Grant Road in the city of Carroll; 93, which is in Glidden Township Sections 32 and 33, that bill will be discussed and brought back to the coun…

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Editor's note: Victoria Anders is a volunteer for Warren for President in Western Iowa, based in the Washington, D.C., area. She is the granddaughter of Chuck and Kathy Manatt, Audubon natives and proud Cyclones. Chuck was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1980-1984. She is …

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Editor’s Note: Craig Williams is chairman of the Carroll County Republican Party and a GOP candidate for Iowa Senate District 6. He has been active in state-level Republican politics for decades. Williams is from Manning, in southern Carroll County. He attended the event for President Trump …

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On Monday, Feb. 3, the 2020 Democratic presidential race officially begins in Iowa, with groups of neighbors gathering in more than 1,500 precincts to discuss and select 41 pledge delegates for the July National Democratic Convention in Milwaukee. These neighborly gatherings will take place …

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Agenda items on the Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting Monday included county attorney, veterans affairs, auditor, supervisors, general services, general assistance and FY21 budget.

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The Carroll County Board of Supervisors’ meeting on Monday began with hearing the Department of Human Services’ preliminary budget presented by Mary Jo Rehm. Few changes were proposed.

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The first item on the agenda for the Carroll County Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday was the approval of payables in the amount of $ 861,337. Two of the major items were a 2019 Ford ambulance and quarterly payment to Rolling Hills Community Mental Health of $156,210, which is our membe…

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There is a retired businessman in western Iowa who bristles every time he reads a newspaper article from somewhere in our state about government officials who have misused their government credit cards for unauthorized purchases.

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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.