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Our homeowner’s insurance carrier a few weeks ago sent me our annual premium notice for the 12-month period beginning April 10, 2024. The valuations of our house, garage and personal property had …

Last week, the House released the House Health and Human Services Budget. This budget appropriates $2.217 billion of state general fund to the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of …

An effort to undermine the Iowa Tuition Grant program came up before this legislative session, when some college students began to protest Israel’s bombing of Gaza following the Hamas terrorist …

A five-year farm bill was supposed to have been approved last year, but was held up in the House over disagreements on food stamps, conservation, crop insurance and funding. House Agriculture …

When we refuse to pay a living wage, we never think of who we hurt at every stage. We hurt our weak and disabled poor elderly who suffer daily, waiting for nurses to help. Their pleas go unheeded. No …

Hats off to the city crews who have cleared the lakeshore of brush, weeds and volunteer trees along Lakeshore Drive between Chautauqua and Sunset parks.  It is beautiful and so wonderful to have …

When word came out of Texas on April 1 that avian flu had made another unwelcome hop — this one from a dairy cow to a human — the news seemed like an April Fool’s joke. It wasn’t. In …

Most people never have the opportunity to view a total solar eclipse during their lifetimes. I’ve had the good fortune to witness two of the rare celestial events. My first total eclipse was …

The 13th week of the legislative session involved a lot of debate by the whole Senate on important legislation and issues. We are working our way through bills that have been amended by the House and …

The Arizona Supreme Court threw a twist into the nation’s politics this week when it ruled that a 19th-Century law banning nearly all abortions is enforceable. Arizona is a presidential swing state …

When I search for an escape and excuse from putting my Federal income tax bombs together and collating 2023 documents to fund our foreign war efforts, I, too, seek refuge from serious world problems …

My folks floated over the pond with the cattle down below in steerage. One was an indentured servant, another a prison guard, others were among an army of Irish who helped drive the Native people off …

Jefferson won a remarkable award a couple of weeks ago. To win anything like it takes major contributions of at least three ingredients: time, treasure and talent. A whole lot of people chipped in a …

House File 2674 passed the floor unanimously last week and would create the Iowa Rural Development Tax Credit Program. Tax credits would be awarded by the Iowa Economic Development Authority for …

As we said earlier, the documentary movie “Storm Lake” was scheduled to screen in Odesa, Ukraine, last month as part of an effort by the State Department to help inform struggling young …

The Storm Lake Times Pilot ran a story on March 22 with a “Fifty Years Ago” picture of the Jaycees presenting raincoats to the safety patrol members in 1974.  It turns out two of the …

It’s been two years ago this week that The Storm Lake Times bought out the competing Pilot-Tribune and combined them into the publication you’re reading today. It also marked the end of sometimes …

City officials in Davenport have managed to accomplish the impossible this year: They have brought Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature together to agree on something. The two parties …

Clowns to the left of me Jokers to the right Here I am Stuck in the middle with you. These are lyrics from the song “Stuck in the Middle With You,” co-written by Garry …

Back when conservatives were conservative, local and state government were not playing the economic development game per se. The Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce and Storm Lake Area Development …

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