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One Man’s Perspective: A concerning matter

I want to share a Facebook post with you which I read Sunday which is a prime example of the horrific results of bullying.


Let me introduce you to Drayke Hardman.

He was 12 years old.

This week, he hung himself with his favorite hoodie from his bunk bed.

His bunk bed.

“Children are resilient”


They are people.

Ready Seth Go: Some thoughts from an experienced public record user

Not too long ago, there was a little hubbub over some talks at the county level regarding some potential charges for providing records.

Outdoors: Techniques for catching pressured fish

Boy has it been hot lately. I even heard one guy say that it’s too hot to go fishing. While some say that “it’s never too hot to go fishing” they also suggest going early or late in the day and take plenty of water and sunscreen. They say that even when it’s hot the fish will bite, and they’re right.

Home Country

Looking around at all the yard signs and hearing politicians tell us on television what a lying crook their competition is, I have to admit I miss Guv Reeve.

Lawn & Garden: Harvest, store and preserve herbs from the garden

Keep enjoying your homegrown herbs all year round. Harvest throughout the growing season and include them in garden-fresh meals. Then preserve a few for the winter ahead.

Extension Outreach: Iowa State Fair 4-H exhibits

The 2022 Iowa State Fair runs 11 days, from Thursday through Sunday. If you visit the fair, I recommend that you check out the 4-H exhibits at the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building. It features 41,000 square feet of exhibit space and will showcase the amazing projects from 4-Hers in all of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Consumer Connection: Financial awareness

National Financial Awareness day is Aug. 14 and is the ideal time to review your financial situation and goals. Everyone is on their own financial journey and increasing your financial knowledge to be better financially aware is important for all Iowans no matter your age or stage of the journey.

Guest Commentary: Iowa cattle producers deserve a fair playing field

On my 39 County Tour, I have spoken with hundreds of independent cattle producers across Northwest Iowa. In my conversations with them, they all express the same concern that the big four meatpacking companies are reaping record profits while family-owned cattle farms are barely scraping by.

The CommStock Report The drought of this century

Most seem to think that droughts are annual events and that if seeing drought this year that must mean that it will fade away the next. What Dr. Elwynn Taylor told us in 2012 is that we had not seen anything yet. The drought of this century was still coming. People impact droughts and the drought in the western U.S. has been years in the hydrological making. The worst droughts impacting agriculture have been four-year or longer drought events.

Randy’s Review: ‘Bullet Train’

Set largely aboard a Japanese bullet train, a movie named for its mode of transportation features Brad Pitt as a newly confirmed pacifist assassin, code named Ladybug much to his dislike, is tasked with retrieving a mysterious briefcase. The assignment, given him by a female voice, handler Marie Beetle, is a “simple snatch and grad,” lending itself to his newly adopted nonviolent life journey in the aftermath of several wrong place, wrong time deaths surrounding previous jobs.

Letter to the Editor: Quit bullying trailer park residents

Who are the “powers that be” in Spencer? The ones that make decisions for our community. For instance; installing speakers, fancy lighting and trees on main street, and a pile of rocks with a welcome sign at the South T and brown street signs that are small and near impossible to see or read. And deciding to turn off the power at a trailer park during one of the hottest summers on record.

Guest Commentary: Conservative principles work

Over the years as your state representative, I have been asked a lot of questions and given comments about policy, about singular issues a person is having with a state department or organization, about important issues in the lives of regular northwest Iowans. Sometimes I am told I am being too partisan, and we need more bipartisanship and while I don’t disagree, I must point out that bipartisanship is a two-way street in which there is give and take.

Guest Commentary: Merging Health and Human Services departments

Over the last year, the Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Human Services evaluated the areas of overlap and duplication between the two state agencies. Over the winter, the departments announced that the plan is to remove silos between agencies by moving toward a one-agency structure.

Guest Commentary: Reconciliation bill will raise taxes, fuel economic uncertainty

When Democrats passed their first partisan $1.9 trillion reconciliation bill early last year, even liberal economists warned it would trigger inflation. Prices at gas stations and grocery stores have climbed ever since. The average household in my state of Iowa has seen its monthly living expenses increase by $669 since January 2021. Iowa State University released a report showing inflation has caused the equivalent of a 33% cut to rural disposable incomes.

Outdoors: Targeting bass on the weedline

This time of year, wherever you might be fishing, if that body of water is home to largemouth bass, there will be some bass on the weedline. Here are some ideas for catching those bass.

Outdoors: Getting excited for Okoboji Blue Water Festival

For the past six years, I have enjoyed being a part of the Okoboji Blue Water Festival. Established in 2016, the festival has truly become celebration of water quality of not only the Iowa Great Lakes, but also across the state of Iowa. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday and promises to be an awesome day for adults and kids alike.

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