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Randy's Review: ‘Unsung Hero’

If you’re a fan or Rebecca St. James, you’ll love this film. If you’re a fan of For King and Country, you’ll love this film. If you don’t know either, you’ll love this film.

The CommStock Report

There is not a neighboring European or Asian country which has had any interaction with Russia and Russians in their long histories which has not come to regret ever trusting their motives, intentions or words. Russians are about as close today to being the ruthless Vikings of old as exists. They will lie, cheat, steal, kill without aversion to getting whatever their want of the moment turns out to be. What they want is whatever others have that is convenient for them to take.

On Grass and Water: Sometimes, things just don’t go your way

My shot hadn’t been the best. I knew that.

One Man’s Perspective: Now you’re talkin’

Results from a recent survey from helped determine the Hawkeye State’s most attractive uniformed professionals. It offered the top 10 choices in the state. Needless to say, journalists were not included on the list. Apparently khakis and polos don’t count as uniforms anymore, nor carry the sex appeal they once did.

OK, who am I kidding, they never did.

The Rowley Report: Iowa Senate concludes 2024 session

The Iowa Senate passed resolution SCR 101 (Sine Die) and recessed at 3:30 a.m. Saturday morning on April 20. After a full week of debate the Senate concluded the 2024 session of Iowa’s 90th General Assembly. Some highlights this session:

Lawn & Garden: Heat-tolerant beauties for gardens and containers

Boost the summer-long beauty and heat tolerance in your gardens and containers with new varieties of annual vinca (Catharanthus). The unique Soiree vinca varieties provide added appeal with their cute, double and ruffled flowers.

Home Country

Ran into Doc down at The Mule Barn the other day, so naturally we had to rid the world of about a gallon of coffee and solve the world’s problems for an hour. It is the duty of all true Americans of our age, you know.

Doc said he’d been aching a little bit lately. Joints or something. He’d been out fixing the pasture fence where the mare had been pushing on it. The next morning it made him walk funny.

Extension Outreach: Asparagus and rhubarb tips

I enjoy easy gardening, so I love rhubarb and asparagus. Once established, they take minimal care and provide delicious flavors all spring. I compiled some information from the AnswerLine website,, that I found helpful. They are an excellent source and have been answering home and family questions from Iowans for more than 40 years.

Randy's Review: ‘Abigail’

If you’re a fan of horror, “Abigail” should be your cup of tea. A perfect little villain, coupled with a bumbling collection of kidnappers, set in a creepy, large, remote home makes for a good time for fans of the genre. If you’re not, why are you even considering it?

Maybe you thought it was about a young ballerina? It is. But there’s more than meets the eye to this 12-year-old — to quote Sir Elton John — “Tiny Dancer” (Alisha Weir).

Writers and Writing: 'The Girl in the Thistles' recounts 1862 Dakota War

While America was embroiled in the midst of a great civil war, yet another war was taking place in Minnesota.

Aberdeen, South Dakota, native S.K. Sandvig writes of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War in “The Girl in the Thistles,” a remarkable multigenre novel that’s part history, part romance, part mystery and part courtroom drama. The novel is based on actual events.

The CommStock Report: Hope for the best but plan for a trade war

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen went to China specifically to tell them that attempting to reinflate their economy by flooding the world with unneeded goods produced below the cost of production was not going to end well for anyone. She says that “China is too large to export its way to rapid growth and would benefit by reducing excess industrial capacity which is pressuring other economies.

On Grass and Water: Patience really is a virtue

A gobble echoes off to my right.

My breath fogs and freezes on the facemask I’m wearing. My head jerks unconsciously toward the undulating sound. That’s not the bird I’ve been working for half an hour. It can’t be — too far away, across the river.

Outdoors: Should I cast? Should I troll?

There are several methods that an angler can employ to present a bait to the fish that they’re after. Drifting can be effective if the wind is from the right direction, but trolling and casting are probably, in most places at most times, the most effective ways to try to put a bait in front of a fish. Trolling versus casting, here we go.

One Man’s Perspective: Keeping our children abuse free

Each year we recognize Child Abuse Prevention Month across the nation in April.

But do we really? What exactly does that look like?

Personally, much like the annual Black History Month acknowledgement, which should be directly connected to American history and recognized each month as such, shouldn’t child abuse prevention be at the forefront of our mind 24/7, 365 days a year.

Guest Commentary: My visit to the US border in Texas

On April 12, I had the opportunity to visit the U.S. border in Texas at Eagle Pass. This site is the famous area where several thousand illegal immigrants were crossing each day just a few months ago. During the height of the crisis at Eagle Pass the U.S. Border Patrol could not process the illegal immigrants fast enough.

Letter to the Editor: Volunteer Recognition Month

April is Volunteer Recognition Month. As the Grand Avenue Community Outreach Board, we take this opportunity to thank the numerous volunteers who serve in our ministries at 605 Grand Ave.

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