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Recent Columns

  • Paulsen: A little time spent with the governor this week

    I accompanied a group of Creston businessmen this week to a meeting with Gov. Terry Branstad.They ta ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 11:01 am
  • PETERSON: Pettit appreciates life-saving actions, widespread concern

    I had arrived at Atlantic High School about 6 p.m. Monday for a busy night covering the district doubleheader there, including the Creston vs. Harlan ...
    Feb. 26, 2015 - 3:48 pm
  • Poolman: U.S. in comparison to international education

    Recently, I’ve read stories about the nation’s education system, and the different pieces of legislation being considered to improve and expand gradua ...
    Feb. 19, 2015 - 11:56 am
  • Wilson: Touting our Tout videos as state wrestling approaches

    I have some exciting news. No, "Fifty Shades of Grey" hasn't arrived at Creston Strand Theatre yet fellas. I know how badly you want tickets to that f ...
    Feb. 17, 2015 - 4:27 pm
  • Paulsen: Lots to do this Valentine's weekend

    Valentine’s Day falls on Saturday this year. It looks like a lot of restaurants are going to have plenty going on both on Friday and Saturday night to ...
    Feb. 12, 2015 - 10:56 am
  • PETERSON: Coach Howard remembered for intensity, generosity

    Sometimes it truly is a small world. As a kid my dad would take me to Fort Dodge High and Iowa Centr ...
    Feb. 6, 2015 - 10:07 pm
  • Poolman: Unboiled eggs leads to improved scientific process

    Can you imagine boiling an egg while you whip up breakfast one morning, and then deciding you would rather have pancakes, so you unboil that egg?
    Feb. 5, 2015 - 10:39 am
  • Waddingham: An expert winter driver, in Texas anyway

    When it comes to winter weather driving, I would much rather look out my apartment window with a cup of coffee and watch other commuters attempt to tr ...
    Feb. 4, 2015 - 11:07 am
  • Poolman: Disney adds interesting twists to modern movies

    On Saturday, I was invited to Des Moines with my friend Shawna Creveling because she needed to get some shopping done and didn't want to go alone.
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 2:06 pm
  • Reader Poll

    Should state budget cuts include closing mental health facilities in Iowa?
    Yes, if needed
    No. More money should be put toward mental health, not less
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