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  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    Thanksgiving morning, our house was full of family, a common thing for this holiday. Curt and I were sleeping in the basement to accommodate guests and our old, and now blind, dog’s midnight bathroom trips.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    I received an interesting letter the other day from the Tailgate Ranch, which is located near Tonganoxie, Kan. The writer has a name many readers will recognize. Paul McKie is a 1947 ROHS graduate who tells me his father, R. Clark McKie, was a long-time high school principal.

  • On The Side: Brad Hicks

    Martha Aracely Martinez, now 30, moved to Muscatine, Iowa, from Mexico with her parents when she was 11. The family entered the country illegally. When she was 17, she obtained a driver’s license with a false identification, an identity that was alleged to have been stolen, so she could go to work at a sanitation company.

  • On The Side: Brad Hicks

    Over the past few days, we’ve seen a lot of reactions to the election. Some have been thoughtful. Some have been stupid. Some have been unnecessarily violent. Some have bordered on the ridiculous. The reactions come from feelings of betrayal, dismay, joy, satisfaction – you name it.
    Of all reactions, however, the one thing we shouldn’t be is surprised.
    America’s immediate gratification society has created generations of myopic citizens who are unable to see events in a broader perspective. Thus, they are missing what should be obvious.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Holiday pies will be easier than usual this year, in part because a friend who hunts walnuts out of an area he mows brought me a couple of buckets. My wife and I gathered more.

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    On Wednesday after the election, one of my son’s friends posted on Facebook: “I just had someone come through my teller line and say ‘I voted for him, but I didn’t think he would win.’ Welcome to America’s Brexit.”
    I, on the other hand, am experiencing election déjà vu.     
    With a 48-48 popular vote split narrowly favoring Clinton, and an Electoral College win for Trump, the obvious parallel is the 2000 election. Remember how that worked out?

  • On The Side: Brad Hicks

    A Polk County District Court associate judge ruled last month that an Iowa Department of Transportation enforcement officer didn’t have the jurisdiction to issue a 16-year-old driver a speeding ticket.
    The skinny is the kid was driving 84 mph in a 55-mph zone near his school just east of Des Moines. The DOT officer wrote him up after he pulled into the parking lot at Southeast Polk High School.

  • Montgomery County History Center | David McFarland

    November will mark the anniversary of the newspaper you are reading this story in.
    Red Oak did not exist in 1855, even though a claim had been filed by a gentleman named Matthews, who was from Page County. He, however, did not follow through; that job fell to Pleasant Jones and Alfred Hebbard.
    Nothing much was happening in the village of Red Oak Junction. It was named that because of Red Oak Creek and the large number of red oaks growing along it, and it was the junction of several roads. Regardless of what you might hear, there was no railroad until 1869.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    45 CO. M BOYS KILLED

    Maj. Ross’ Complete
    Casualty List Shows
    a Total of 223
    for the Company Alone.
    14 Were
    Killed in One Day.

    The above headline appeared in The Red Oak Sun 98 years ago. It caught my eye, in part, because a standard military company is generally considered to consist of 100 troops.

  • On The Side: Brad Hicks

    The creation of the Affordable Care Act came at time when Americans were sick of their healthcare system.
    Remember the early 2000s?
    Insurance companies were handing out double-digit increases in health care premiums as prices rose amid demand for greater services.
    Drug prices were skyrocketing, in part due to demand created by the public for more effective treatments, and the explosion of advertising which encouraged people to press the medical doctors for certain treatments.