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Grassley claims crime much higher in blue states

Last week Senator Grassley held a much publicized news conference about rising crime where he repeated a falsehood pushed by Republicans; that crime is much higher in the so- called soft on crime … 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

Republicans pass legislation that harms Iowa workers

Another dark day at the Iowa Capitol for working Iowans. A majority of Republican legislators, with all Democrats in opposition, have passed legislation that will cut unemployment benefits for Iowans … 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

Extension of Washington city limits leaves some without representation

I’m writing in concern with how the city of Washington has extended the city limits in a two-mile radius leaving anyone in that purgatory without representation. I’ll give a good … 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

The DNR must protect Iowa’s waterways

The following information was submitted to the letter to the editor information form on www.thenews-ia.com: first name: Jann last name: Wann address: 113 21st St SE city: Mason … 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

Schneider: Excellence Together

“Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s world in a caring learning environment” is Mid-Prairie’s mission statement.  On March 1 from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, … more

Urges Yes vote on Mid-Prairie bonds

My wife Stephanie and I have lived in the Mid-Prairie school district for 25 years and raised – and are still raising- 5 children.  One of the reasons we chose to live here was the … more

“Iowans have a right to know where their elected officials stand.”

Frequently Asked Questions About Mid-Prairie’s March 1st Bond Referendum February 11, 2022 1)  What construction projects will be funded by the bond issue? A.  Construct new … more

Highland rated “commendable” and “high performing” in state report

School districts try to find as much data about their students as possible.  Every year schools have students take a multitude of tests.  They take tests for classes but also to monitor … more
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