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One Man’s Perspective: Don’t get caught up in the treason of the season

As we complete the celebration of Thanksgiving, something we should never complete, but instead choose to do daily, we see the immediate transition into Christmas.

For many Christmas season kicks off before Halloween any more, at least commercially anyway. Displays and holiday music were present in several establishments before we were allowed to get our spook on year.

Letter to the Editor: CO2 pipeline landowners hold the line against Summit Carbon Solutions

Landowners along the route of Summit Carbon Solutions hazardous CO2 pipeline are holding the line against the company’s strong-armed attempts to pressure us for our signatures. After more than a year of working to get signed easements, Summit only has a little more than half of those needed. A KMZ map of the most recent Exhibit H file submitted to the Iowa Utility board shows more than 1,500 unsigned parcels remain.

Letter to the Editor: Iowa GOP has the power to save rural Iowa

The election is over, and in Iowa, Republicans overwhelmingly won, especially in rural areas. Republicans now have a super-majority in the Iowa Legislature and control of all but one executive office. In fact, they even have control of who sits on our courts. There is literally nothing stopping them from making our lives and our state better.

Home Country

Happy Thanksgiving, world! One of my favorite days, but I couldn’t tell you why … exactly. Oh, it’s time to get the clan together around the table and compliment Grandma on how yummy the world’s dumbest bird is this year, like always.

The CommStock Report: Florida man makes announcement

"Florida Man Makes Announcement! Page 26" was the bold headline in the New York Post. Part of his announcement sent me running to the supermarket to check out if it was really true. We were approaching Thanksgiving, otherwise known as “Turkey Day” and the Florida man said that "even if you can find a turkey in the store it costs three to four times what it used to." He asserted that his political opponents have tripled or quadrupled the cost of turkey right ahead of the holiday!

Outdoors: Developments in the fishing world

The 2022 version of the open water fishing season was an interesting one on several levels. Some of the events/developments of the fishing season were good, some not so good. One of the developments that has really caught on in the past few months is the ongoing popularization of forward facing sonar. First, a little bit of history regarding sonar.

Outdoors: DNR personnel give updates at IGLFC fall evening

What a great night for northwest Iowa anglers at the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club’s annual fall DNR night held Thursday, Nov. 10, at Oak Hill Outdoors. Lots of information from club president Terry Thomsen about all of the volunteer fishing activities the club members had been a part of in 2022 and club donations to area fisheries.

Guest Commentary: School safety

I have read the entire Emergency Management Plan that has been put together by the Spirit Lake School District. We should be proud of the efforts that have been put forth with the idea of doing the best to protect our kids and keep them safe through all foreseeable emergencies. It is commendable that the school board is so passionate about keeping our future generations safe.

Guest Commentary: Happier holidays with energy efficient savings

The most magical time of the year is here! Iowans will soon be gathering with friends and family to enjoy decorating our homes and spreading holiday cheer. Whether you’re celebrating this joyful holiday season by traveling or safely hosting family and friends, it’s a time to be thankful for those in our lives.

Pastor's Column: I am the boss of my mouth

As we head into the holiday season, you might be ready to spend time with your lovely family. Maybe you have a really fun group and can’t wait to get together again. On the other hand, you might have a Christmas party with family that isn’t fun to face because of disagreements over the years. Even if you have division in your family, you can be the one who decides to stop putting another log on the fire of strife and begin a trend of peace.

Home Country

“I took Duckworth to the dog show up in the city last weekend,” Dud said.

The other members of the Mule Barn truck stop’s world dilemma think tank and philosophy counter just looked at him.

Doc put it gently. “Dud, was this so he could get some inspiration on looking good?”

One Man’s Perspective: A challenge in the school system

Last week, a young man at Spencer High School was allegedly at the urinal in the men’s room taking care of nature’s call when the door opened. According to comments from the student at the wall, in walked a biological girl who identifies as a male. What followed was unclear, but ultimately it led to the student who was in the restroom originally feeling very uncomfortable. He shared his discomfort with friends, school officials, his parents and others.

Guest Commentary: Thanksgiving trimmings have a different meaning this year

Pecan or pumpkin pie? Dark or light meat? Green bean casserole or mashed potatoes? These are typically the “tough” choices Iowans are forced to make each Thanksgiving. This year’s trimmings refer to the items being cut from the menu due to rising prices.

Guest Commentary: Celebrating Thanksgiving

Q: How is Iowa integral to Thanksgiving?

Lawn & Garden: Brighten the holidays with colorful plants

Garden centers, florists and grocery stores are filling their shelves with a variety of holiday plants; a sure sign the holidays are approaching. This is the time of year to give, receive or fill your home with colorful poinsettias, Christmas cactus, cyclamen and other holiday plants. Extend their beauty and longevity with proper care.

Randy’s Review: ‘The Menu’

When a renowned chef with a coastal island restaurant, complete with military-style, obedient staff invite a small group of well-to-do diners for an exclusive dining experience, the fabulous foodies get much more than a mouth watering meal.

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