Do I think it would be a good idea for area high school students to attend their local city council or school board meetings and then explain in class what they witnessed? Put me on the side that says, yes, they should. They would learn about civics, how government works (albeit on a small scale) […]

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I remember how it was when I lost a colleague. When I worked for the North Scott Press, many of my duties were involved with sports. It’s how I got to really know Dearrel Bates, the longtime sports writer for the Quad City Times. To be sure, he was very honest about how games went, but […]

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OBITUARY: Ray Logan

October 29, 2014 Benton County obituaries

DES MOINES – Ray Logan, 82, Des Moines, and formerly of Van Horne, completed his vocation as husband and father and passed into eternal life on Oct. 27, 2014, with his wife, Ethel by his side at Ramsey Village Continuing Care in Des Moines. A Mass Of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, […]

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2014 ELECTION – Ernst gets enthusiastic Iowa County welcome

October 29, 2014 Amana Colonies news

By BRIAN RATHJEN The support for state Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Red Oak), the GOP’s candidate for U.S. Senate, was very clear Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28, during her campaign stop at Williamsburg. A week before one of the most closely watched races for U.S. Senate was set to be decided, about 50 enthusiastic supporters greeted Ernst […]

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Better Tomorrows to meet

October 29, 2014 Star Press Union

The Better Tomorrows Board will be meeting on November 5 at the Kirkwood Vinton Center at 12 p.m.  Topics of discussion will be financial report, succession plan, employee handbook, by-laws; community plan and level of excellence portfolio. If you are interested in becoming involved in Better Tomorrows Early Childhood Iowa, please contact Heidi Schminke at […]

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OBITUARY: Dale P. Kimm

October 29, 2014 Benton County obituaries

BLAIRSTOWN – Dale P. Kimm, 92, Blairstown died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at the Blairstown Legion Hall. Interment was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Blairstown, with graveside military rites conducted by the M.J. Kirby American Legion Post 170 of Blairstown and Iowa Military Funeral Honors. A memorial fund has […]

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IOWA CLASS 1A REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL – IV downs Lynnville-Sully

October 29, 2014 Iowa Valley sports

Iowa Valley has earned a rematch with Keota, the team that cost the Tigers a repeat South Iowa Cedar League championship. The Tigers will be looking for revenge Friday night, Oct. 31, after coach Greg Jergens’ squad downed Lynnville-Sully with relative ease in three straight sets, 25-9, 25-12 and 25-13, this in Tuesday’s Iowa Class […]

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BELLE PLAINE MAYOR’S NEWSLETTER – NOVEMBER

October 28, 2014 Star Press Union

November update FROM THE DESK OF THE MAYOR Dear Citizens of Belle Plaine: “Yes the Unity Point Clinic will be moving out of the city-owned medical center. Ignore all the rumors and wait until the Health Care Facility Board meets with recommendations on what we do with it.” I guess this statement, in the October […]

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Change order approved for Hanson Building project

October 28, 2014 Star Press Union

Council votes, 3-2, to proceed with rehab project on Main Street By JIM MAGDEFRAU Star Press Union editor BELLE PLAINE – It took a special meeting and considerable discussion, but the second change order was approved by the Belle Plaine City Council for the Hanson Building project on Belle Plaine’s Main Street. The change order totals […]

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Sour Grapes, Oct. 22 and 29

October 28, 2014 Sour Grapes

Back in shape Preemptive action. The first sign of cold outside leads to a period of dormancy. That’s a fancy term for lazy. No more mile walks to the store for food. And I’m pretty sure the calories burned in the walk and restored with the first two forkfuls of the cheesy casserole. So I’m […]

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