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Stories from Now and Then

Oh my!  It’s time again to reveal all the “real truths” of the past and present -- as I know them? I’ve been doing that for you here all along by looking back in my … more

My time at The Kalona News comes to an end

At the end of my sophomore year of college, I knew that I needed to keep myself busy during the summer. I was planning on living in Iowa City for the whole summer instead of going back to my hometown … more

Adventures in Alaska

In an earlier column, I had written about how COVID-19 cut short our visits to the Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre while in Israel in March of 2020 and canceled our first … more

The case for winter trail maintenance

At the Kalona City Council’s work session on July 26, the council looked at their preliminary Southtown Recreational Plan, which would give Kalona a nice outdoor recreation area with an outdoor … more

A thank you to everyone who helped with the 4th of July celebration in Wellman

Last week the City of Wellman held our annual 4th of July celebration with a parade in the morning, activities at the park all afternoon and a band and fireworks in the evening. I would like to … more

The News will continue to be your reliable community newspaper

This week is the last edition of The News that News Editor Molly Roberts is with us. Molly is leaving The News to pursue her dream of earning a Masters Degree in Creative Writing. Molly joined our … more

Happy July 4th all over the world

My little brother Sam is a Second Lieutenant in the 173rd Airborne in the United States Army. He has been stationed in Vicenza, Italy since August 2021 and while he loves Italy (and traveling around … more

Thank you to The News and all of its readers

I attended Kalona Days on Saturday, June 18, which was a little bittersweet. I will be leaving my position as News Editor at The News in July. I am planning to enroll back in school in the Fall of … more

Thanks to our Emergency medical services

This week’s issue of The News features a special salute to the volunteer emergency medical services and the Washington County Ambulance Service with photos of those servies.  Thanks to all … more

Student Built Housing Project

This summer the City of Kalona will be working with The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association (HBA) which serves Johnson, Washington, Cedar, and Iowa counties on a student-led home remodel … more

Johnson Co. to study broadband needs

Johnson County is pursuing a study to assess broadband internet capabilities, needs and deficiencies in the county. The study is a result of Johnson County’s investment of funds received from … more

Thank you to the many volunteers of 4-H

During this important National Volunteer Week, I cannot help but stop and be so thankful for the countless people who give to Washington County 4-H.  I would like to express my sincere thanks … more

Inside the Iowa House: Iowans deserve a seat at the table

Just a week out from what is supposed to be the end of session, the most consistent thing I’ve heard from Iowans this year is that they are fed up with politics. They’ve seen the endless … more

Learning about new things shouldn’t be scary at all!

The only time I’ve ever been in a wheelchair is when I’ve left the hospital — and then, I didn’t even need to push myself. But this past weekend, I attended the Adaptive … more

Pair of bipartisan bills would better protect prison employees

March 23 marked the one-year anniversary of the murders of correctional officer Robert McFarland and nurse Lorena Schulte at the Anamosa State Penitentiary. We mourn their loss and continue to fight … more

“Defending freedom in Ukraine is defending freedom everywhere”

Last weekend, I led a group of ten senators, Republicans, Democrats, and even one Independent, on a bipartisan Senate delegation visit to Poland and Germany. We traveled together to demonstrate … more

Don’t Leave Your Health to Luck: A Parable

A woman hits a golf ball your direction, up the hill towards the green on #9. She jogs up the fairway to get a better look at the shot, jumping with excitement and throwing a fist in the air when the … more

Corporate greed is causing inflation, hampering Iowa’s recovery

In this year’s State of the Union Address, the President shared his vision for an economy that grows from the bottom up and the middle out. The key pillars of this vision: making more products … more

President Biden should follow Governor Reynolds’ example of leadership

President Biden’s first State of the Union Address came as nearly everything in our country is looking “up.” Consumer prices, violent crime, our national debt, illegal border … more

On the right of passage of turning 10 years old

I was nine years old when for Christmas 1940 I received my very last doll. A big ‘awkward’ thing I promptly named Susi. Why Susi? Maybe because my daddy always called me Susi, which I … more
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