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Several environmental groups are attacking Gov. Terry Branstad for questioning a federal proposal to inspect livestock operations. The governor sent a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency …

The US House of Representatives shoved food stamps off the table and passed a farm bill without a nutrition title last week. Earlier, the farm bill failed to clear the House because of the $40 …

By DON BEHM I was watching the news on TV today. They reported that two sailors were found on the Civil War battleship Monitor. They would be buried in the Arlington National Cemetery. The …

‘We had 60 votes for the public option and we let it slip away’ By ART CULLEN Sen. Tom Harkin is not going quiet into that good night. The Iowa Democrat stopped by Steve and Diane …

Our empathy is with the Laurens-Marathon School Board as it fords through the tortuous narrows of finding a suitable athletic sharing partner as enrollment continues to decline. It is discussing its …

By 10 a.m. Friday the Storm Lake parks system along the lake’s north shore was spic-and-span. This after 25,000 or so people trampled and trashed the parks on the Fourth of July. All hands from …

By ART CULLEN Small business is right up there with chastity and love, to hear the politicians yammer. They create the jobs. They generate the wealth. They keep rural communities humming. Every …

By DON BEHM Recently while watching the news, they reported that water has returned to the number one spot as favorite liquid. Soft drinks had held that spot for many years. Coffee is over 99% …

The food fight over the farm bill is not about the deficit or the cost of the program. It is entirely about the very idea of supplemental nutrition programs. The right-wing radicals never have had a …

This editorial from the first issue of The Storm Lake Times, June 29, 1990, expresses the philosophy that governs this newspaper. It is published annually on the anniversary of The Times founding as …

By DON BEHM There has been a lot on the news about weapons. A weapon can be small or large — all are dangerous. I know a little about small weapons and have heard a lot about the big ones. …

By ART CULLEN A while after Thomas Jefferson complained that Congress had “mangled” his brilliant Declaration of Independence, Storm Lake established the Fourth of July as the date …

For many years Gov. Branstad and the Iowa Legislature have regarded units of local government as incapable of controlling property tax growth. Hence, they have instituted tax freezes on counties, …

Failure last week of the US House to approve a new five-year farm bill speaks volumes about the dysfunctional Congress and the breakdown of the farm-urban coalition. There might be enough sense left …

By DON BEHM As I watch TV, most of the news is about tragedies: a bombing at the Boston Mara­thon and a fertilizer plant in Texas blowing up. The plant was not far from the city of Waco where …

By ART CULLEN They locked up the loading dock doors at 12:40 a.m. June 4 at White Wolf Web printing in Sheldon. At 1 a.m. a newspaper route delivery driver showed up for bundles and found the place …

We are grateful to Buena Vista County Attorney Dave Patton for providing us an understanding of where the tortuous path leads concerning Sunset Bay Reflections, the heap of concrete next to the …

Fishing boats floated near the dredge as a kayaker plied the near water off the north shore. It was still and perfect on the patio of the Regatta Grille at King’s Pointe on Thursday evening as …

Don Kaul recently wrote a very interesting column about the Great Depression. Kaul is one of my favorite columnists. For many years, he worked for The Des Moines Register. Kaul is a few years younger …

Fees for non-profits Buried in the Storm Lake hazard mitigation plan is an inventory of major buildings under the title “critical infrastructure.” The chart attempts to estimate the value …

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