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 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    August 18, 2022

Pedley's Ponderings

August typically provides a rude awakening from the summer slumber here at the newspaper. Activity on the news front picks up with increased activities like town celebrations and other happenings, and internal items like our fair results and fall...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    August 18, 2022

Evans: Iowa gives too little attention to care of its elderly population

People in the health care field have worked their tails off since the COVID pandemic hit Iowa with a vengeance in 2020. Doctors, nurses and all manner of technicians and support staff have performed h...

 

The Writer's Pen

What a lucky childhood! The South Dakota State Fair was the star attraction of my hometown, Huron. Each visit was a sensory overload to grade school and junior high kids who weren’t at all excited about the beginning of school. (These were the days...

 

Letters: R Town

To the editor: One could assume that ever since I became Mayor of Royal things have really gone to the wayside. Starting with the failure of the year 2020, then our elevator exploded, and most recently on July 5 our town was seriously compromised by...

 

Letters: A funny thing happened last week

To the editor: A summer storm hit our town, a derecho (a word I’d never heard until a couple years ago) made quite a mess. Had never seen such a wind – tree limbs and debris everywhere. Powerlines were down so I started clearing streets so the...

 

S-N Editorial

The scorching heat and oppressive humidity can only mean one thing in late July – it's fair time in O'Brien County! This year's installment features multiple events for the whole family. The forecas...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Pedley's Ponderings

I've held several titles in my life. They run the gambit from professional ones like "reporter" and "news editor," to more personal ones like "dad" and "husband." This spring, I added "coach." We sign...

 

S-N Editorial

The college sports world was flipped on its head once again last week when news broke that the University of Southern California and the University of California Los Angeles would be joining the Big Ten Conference in 2024. The announcement marked...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Opinion    July 7, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

I hope everyone found the long and beautiful holiday weekend to be a fantastic one! We are exhausted, but our cups overflow as we were blessed to spend time with most of our families, cherishing time...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Pedley's Ponderings

The plight of owning an old home is that nothing ever seems "done." Our to-do list is always loaded, not that we have any ambition to chip away at it anyway. Pressure to cross several items off that...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Opinion    June 30, 2022

Bits 'N Pieces

Happy Thursday to all! I hope this Thursday finds you well and enjoying these warmer temps. Iowa is truly a champion at giving us multiple seasons in one week, luckily this week we have found...

 

S-N Editorial

America is poised mark its 246th birthday on Monday. While the Fourth is always a big party, many citizens may find reasons to celebrate few and far between this year. To say there's a lot of...

 

S-N Editorial

Oversized ribbons and scissors were put on the shelf in Hartley this week. Local kids will have to wait yet one more year to take their inaugural dip in the new pool, and that's a jagged pill to swall...

 
 By Randy Evans    Opinion    June 23, 2022

Evans: Like it or not, we are all in this together

What is happening to us? What passes for public discussion these days certainly is not civil or thoughtful. Nor is it really much of a discussion. If you read the comments from some supposed leaders,...

 

Jones: State revenue remains strong

General Fund revenue for the state continued to come in strong, as tax receipts in May were 43.6 percent higher than what the state collected in May 2021. While some of this increase is attributable...

 

The Writer's Pen

My parents both were savers. My dad always said, "I might be able to use that someday." If my mom would throw something away that she didn't need anymore, my dad would sometimes take it out of the...

 

S-N Editorial

Anticipating the opening Summer arrived in full force this week. With the extended forecast calling for high temps near or over 90 degrees for the next two weeks, the thought of opening day at Hartley’s new pool has become increasingly enticing....

 
 By Iesha Toft    Opinion    June 16, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

From the very start you were taught, Just what was needed from you, To work with strong mind and body, And of proper morale too, You were taught that others will need you, And thus, you must be...

 
 By Iesha Toft    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Bits 'n Pieces

Hello to all! I hope you have been staying well and enjoying the sun this week! Between those crazy haboob windstorms and days that feel like rain yet it never rains, I think I'm ready for some heat a...

 

Letters: So, you made a deal?

In a recent commentary titled, “So, I made a deal,” David Kruse announced that he signed with Summit Carbon Solutions. He’s delighted about negotiations that included his neighbors and a relative, saying they “went very well” and...

 

Letters: Dennis Bush for District 5

I am writing in support of Dennis Bush for re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives. His background in farming, as a county supervisor and on a mental health board give him knowledge and experience in key areas of need for Iowa. He also...

 
 By Nick Pedley    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Pedley's Ponderings

There is never a shortage of things to clean in our house. With two kids under 5 and a dog and cat that seemingly replace their coats each week, a thorough cleaning typically lasts six hours. Neither Kaity’s vehicle nor mine receive the same...

 
 By Paul Pate    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Pate: The State of Iowa is committed to protecting your vote

The upcoming June 7 primary election is an excellent opportunity for Iowans to make their voices heard. I believe voting is one the most important duties we have as citizens of this great state and na...

 

S-N Editorial

Though headlines out of Des Moines often scream about the partisan divide and Culture War battles, Iowa legislators were able to pass a bill last month that revamps a law many viewed as a lumbering...

 

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