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  • Iowa Birth Certificate Exchange offered for small certificates

    The Iowa Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Statistics is taking steps to exchange any newborn birth certificate issued from May 1993 to Oct ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:08 am
  • Open house to introduce historical records access on web

    The Jasper County Recorder and auditor, Denise Allan and Dennis Parrott, will host an open house event from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday in the Jasper County ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:07 am
  • Community Carnival Saturday in Baxter

    Baxter Athletic Boosters is hosting a community carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baxter school to raise funds to purchase Bolt uniforms for n ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:08 am
  • Saturday Nature Tots program at NSNWR

    Children ages 3-5 are invited to bring their favorite adult and join a refuge naturalist from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Neal Smith National ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:07 am
  • Pancake Breakfast Saturday

    The Colfax Senior Center will host a free-will offering breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, bis ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:07 am
  • Lenten Service Concert Series

    The Howard Street Christian Church in Colfax will host a series of Lenten concerts. Concerts will be at 6 p.m. Sundays, with a time for cookies and co ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:07 am
  • Visitor Center resuming Sunday hours

    Beginning Sunday, the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will resume its seasonal hours of operation. The Visitor Center will now be o ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:09 am
  • Pancake breakfast March 25 in Mingo

    The Mingo Fire Department will host its annual Pancake Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25 at the Mingo Community Center. A free will donat ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:03 am
  • Museum open March 11

    The Colfax Historical Society Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11. ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:03 am
  • Skiff named among top 100 rural hospitals

    Skiff Medical Center has been named to the 2017 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the U.S., according to The National Rural Health Association’s ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:01 am
  • One small star hold the brightest future

    I’m a card-carrying member of The Planetary Society. Led by Bill Nye (The Science Guy), the nonprofit’s mission is to “empower the world’s citizens to ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:01 am
  • God car

    Sharon Bortz, of Mt. Pleasant, talked to God as she corralled her old car into the auto-parts store for a computer check, “Please, God,” she said, loo ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Keeping life easy

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Feb. 26, 2016I’m low-maintenance. As I was puttering ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:01 am
  • Community colleges are a great investment in Iowa’s economy

    We must do more to help create good-paying jobs in Iowa.Employers tell me that we don’t have enough ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Funnel week is upon us

    It’s been a week of back-to-back committee meetings, as lawmakers try to vote as many bills out of committee they can before the first funnel deadline ...
    March 1, 2017 - 10:00 am
  • Read any good books lately?

    Editor’s note: This column originally published April 8, 2016I recently received an email notifying ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:39 am
  • A side of cheese dip with your marriage proposal?

    There is nothing like a soft pretzel. It’s salty, provides instant warmth as it hits the tongue and can be dipped in cheese sauce. It can also be a ca ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:39 am
  • Pastor gets Super Bowl drenching

    Whata Super Bowl. Sports history was made before our eyes. I had picked the Atlanta Falcons to win, and relished their first half shellacking of the N ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:38 am
  • Cuts to Colfax-Mingo arts program

    I read with dismay the Feb. 2 article where Colfax-Mingo schools are reducing arts education classes.  While I understand staffing issues, I write to ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:38 am
  • A sad day for Iowa public workers

    It was again a very frustrating week at the Capitol. The “tweaking” of collective-bargaining that was promised by Republicans turned into a complete g ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:39 am
  • Cuts to Colfax-Mingo arts program

    I read with dismay the Feb. 2 article where Colfax-Mingo schools are reducing arts education classes.  While I understand staffing issues, I write to ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:38 am
  • Save Red Bridge

    We are moving closer to our ultimate goal of saving Red Bridge ( a site on the National Registry of Historic Places near old County Road S74, crossing ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 10:24 am
  • C-M board should put ‘personal feelings’ aside

    For those of you who haven’t heard, some of our elected school board members have taken it upon themselves to make the decision not to renew our prese ...
    Feb. 16, 2017 - 10:23 am
  • State Report Card uses misleading terms

    The State Report Card is out, using Iowa’s low standards rather than grade level standards, and other factors. Results are comparable to basic profici ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 9:24 am
  • Iowa kids need better phonics, not memorization

    Iowa educators cannot explain why reading assessments are not improving (as more states pass us by). The assessments are written outside of Iowa becau ...
    Jan. 4, 2017 - 8:59 am
  • Scott Bolles

    A funeral service for Scott Bolles was Monday, Feb. 27 at Altoona United Methodist Church. Memorials may be designated to the Harper Faye Bolles Fund.
    March 1, 2017 - 9:54 am
  • Patricia L. Hybl

    Patricia “Pat” Hybl, 88, of Newton, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Newton Health Care.  Pat was bor ...
    March 1, 2017 - 9:53 am
  • Bessie L. Comer

    Bessie L. Comer, 98, of Newton, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at Nelson Manor. A funeral service was Monday, Feb. 27 at the Wallace Family Funeral Ho ...
    March 1, 2017 - 9:53 am
  • Jackie Soutter

    Jackie Soutter, 55, of Colfax, died peacefully Thursday morning, Feb. 16, 2017, at the Grinnell Health Care Center. As was her wish, her body has been ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:42 am
  • Marilyn A. Leonard

    Marilyn A. Leonard was the first of four daughters born to Merwin E and Frances (Boten) Carlson in Nevada. She attended Nevada, Shipley and Mingo scho ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:41 am
  • Ronald Eugene Jones Sr.

    Ron “Unk” Jones, 53, of Algona, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, in Spencer.A funeral service will be at 1 ...
    Feb. 8, 2017 - 9:22 am
  • Rollin E. Watters

    Rollin “Rollie” E. Watters, 73, of Lake City, formerly of Baxter, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City, surrounded by hi ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 10:40 am
  • Joseph E. Routh

    Joseph E. Routh, 44, died after several years of ill health. A memorial gathering was Sunday, Jan. 29 at the Mitchellville American Legion.
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 10:29 am
  • Patsy Jess

    Patsy Jess, 86, of Webster City, formerly of Baxter, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at Crestview Nursing and Rehab in Webster City. Memorial services wil ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 10:23 am
  • Karla J. Lewis

    Karla J. Lewis, 54, of Newton, died Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, at Newton Healthcare in Newton. A funeral service was Tuesday, Jan. 24 at the Howard Street ...
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 8:24 am

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