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Columns

  • On The Side: Brad Hicks

    Frozen with fear, I quickly flipped to another channel. The weather guy was in my face, warning me of the approaching Arctic blast.
    “Expect highs only in the low 20s on Wednesday and Thursday, and, look at that, lows in the single digits Thursday morning.”

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    An article that appeared on page 10A of our Nov. 22 edition is one those who appreciate either dogs or local history must have enjoyed. The focus was on two canines that made the journey with Company M from Iowa to war in the Philippines.
    The contributor of the article relied on a book written by Joseph Markey and published by the Thomas D. Murphy Company, which can be read at our county history center, library, or online.
    Markey himself was quite a guy – a one-time Red Oak resident who deserves a biography.

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

     

    While my wife and I were packing last week in preparation for our move from Texas, there was ample time to listen to talk radio discussions about the terrible attack in the Orlando nightclub.

    It’s appalling the way people race to use these types of incidents to further their own causes.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     

    While some view California as a land overflowing with fruit, nuts and Michael Moore, there’s a fellow from the northern part of that state who believes we Iowans have issues as well. 

  • Guest Editorial | Future of Freedom Foundation

     

    By Richard M. Ebeling

  • The Time Capsule: A toast to Effie Bean

     We’ve reached the point in our way-too-long campaign season that our choices are nearly settled -- which means the hand wringing has begun. Predictably, I am hearing declarations from both disgruntled Republicans and Democrats about sitting out the election. Poppycock!

  • Miner Queries:Think you don't have choice?

     We’ve reached the point in our way-too-long campaign season that our choices are nearly settled -- which means the hand wringing has begun. Predictably, I am hearing declarations from both disgruntled Republicans and Democrats about sitting out the election. Poppycock!

  • On the side: Signing off

     Sign. 

    Sign. 

    Everywhere a sign.

    Well, not quite.

    The Red Oak Express sign’s days are numbered.

    No, we aren’t a Taurus.

  • The Time capsule: Lake Darling, Viking Lake and the Hultman Trail

     The “Hultman Trail” sign, apparently a victim of old age and weather, has been gone for months. This hardly seems worth mentioning – not many noticed and even fewer have any idea of the sign’s significance. Bernie Wickstrom did, and if he still ran a newspaper he’d throw a shoe. 

  • On The Side: The 'Pilot Project'

     Internet access is vital for today’s economic development ventures. Most businesses need access for point-of-sale devices that take credit and debit cards or for storing data off-site.

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced funding for five small U.S. towns in a pilot project aimed at providing broadband service for downtown revitalization and economic development.