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Columns

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

     The Iowa Legislature has not changed the state’s can and bottle redemption law since its inception in 1978, when it passed a law to clean up the environment. 

    The law requires Iowans to pay a nickel for specified beverage cans and bottles. Upon returning them, the purchaser gets his or her nickel refunded, and the organization which takes in the container then receives six cents – five to cover the refund and one to cover the costs of the operation.

  • Montgomery County History Center | Dave McFarland

    Saturday, Jan. 21, the Montgomery County History Center held its annual Christmas party. Now this might seem pretty ordinary, even taking into account that the meal was Chinese catered from Chen’s Kitchen here in Red Oak, but I can guarantee it was anything but ordinary. The History Center invited a guest speaker to participate – Barry Jurgensen of Omaha. Barry is an interesting and dynamic individual, including being Nebraska Teacher of the Year for 2014. He teaches at a small town northwest of Omaha metro, Arlington, Neb.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    “Without doubt the most deplorable event in the history of American ornithology was the introduction of the English sparrow.”  – W.L. Dawson, “The Birds of Ohio,” 1903.

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

    Next Tuesday, we folks in the Red Oak Community School District get the chance to cast a ballot on whether to renew the existing Physical Plant and Equipment Levy, commonly called the PPEL.

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    As President Trump’s nominees go through Congressional hearings, I wonder how many Trump voters are paying attention. Most of Trump’s nominees appear motivated to destroy the programs they’re charged with overseeing.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     “Feb 8. Blizzard continues. Drifts 8 ft. deep. No water. Pump at well broken. Coal shortage. Bring beds downstairs for kids. Canned 20 qts. of beef and 4 qts. broth.”

    The above is from the diary of a southwest Iowa farm wife with four children born between the years 1927 and 1935. She was a young mother during the worst economic crisis this country has known, endured weather more extreme than anyone my age and younger has experienced. 

  • Guest | Editorial

    By Harold Pease, Ph. D

    Just three weeks ago, Dec. 28, President Barack Obama created the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada just northeast of the outskirts of Las Vegas. He used the 1906 Antiquities Act to set aside 1.35 million acres surrounding San Juan County’s Cedar Mesa in Utah and 300,000 acres in southern Nevada. Never mind that the Bears Ears designation was opposed by every elected official in Utah.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

     Snow and cold and the long wait for spring brings to mind an apple tree – a tree that was 20 years old and about 10 inches tall. Nicely shaped, if the tree had been of normal size it would have fit nicely in an orchard. On it was a single, full-size, ripe red apple. The fruit was resting on a stand built by the owner, who feared the tiny branch would break from the weight. 

  • On the Side| Brad Hicks

     I have an interesting circle of friends with whom a debate always winds up in laughs. It’s great when people can get together to discuss some of the more pressing matters of the day, and walk away from it knowing whether there were disagreements or agreements, that close friendship status was and is never endangered.

  • Miner Queries | Cherie Miner

    Congress returned to Washington last week to prepare for one-party rule under President-elect Trump. So what was the GOP’s first order of business? As the Washington Post reported on Monday evening, Jan. 2, House Republicans met in secret to vote to end an independent congressional ethics office.