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These days, with political campaigns that seem to go on forever, Iowans may not recognize the significance of what occurred at polling places across the state on November 5, 1968. Voters … more
I was a very young teacher working with teenagers who had been adjudicated to be delinquent when the Area Education Agency system was started in Iowa in 1974. Through 50 years, I have worked with it, … more
Veterans Day is around the corner. For John and Bob, the day will be for remembering the men and women who serve in the United States military — and for two service members, in particular. … more
Campaigning for public office is no picnic. Day after day there are speeches, Q&A’s, interviews and the constant need to think before you speak. Candidates eat enough chicken to have … more
One of the photographs of my father that I clearly remember appeared on the pages of the Bloomfield Democrat about 60 years ago. Pop was standing chest-deep in a hole that had been hastily dug … more
Pastor Jim Dewar • First Baptist Church Bancroft Trusting God   Do you have any Scripture memorized? The Bible verses in today’s article, Proverbs 3:5-6, could quite possibly be … more
Pastor Thomas Cowell St. John’s & Trinity Lutheran Churches, LCMS Burt & Algona, IA As the Fourth of July approaches, Christians have the chance to consider how we can … more
Stay Close to God in the Summertime Pastor Jim Dewar • First Baptist Church Bancroft About now I think we would all agree that we welcome warm weather. I guess we could say we waited all … more
I thought the often-repeated desire to weed out waste, fraud and abuse from government spending was something Republicans, Democrats and independents could all agree on in Iowa.   Boy, am I … more
Today I want us to learn from Jesus about leadership. Who has made the most impact on your life? From the passage below, we learn from Jesus which influences to reject and which influences to … more
My friend Denny and I were as different as night and day. He was conservative; I was wasn’t. I accused him of being to the right of Atilla the Hun. He accused me of working for Pravda, the … more
Just a few days ago on Easter Sunday we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross and three days later rose from the dead. With God’s Word, I will point out several … more
The Iowa Legislature and Governor Kim Reynolds cannot seem to make up their minds whether they support parental rights or are against Mom and Dad being the decision-makers when it comes to their … more
The holiday which we celebrate on March 17th known as St. Patrick’s Day has really taken on an unusual character in recent decades.   What originated in the early 1600’s as a … more
There is an interesting study in contrasts playing out right now in Iowa.   One example comes from the Davis County School District in Bloomfield. It is the 96th-largest of Iowa’s 328 … more
Today is Ash Wednesday in the Church Year.   If you know anything about the season of Lent or about Ash Wednesday, you likely know that this is the day in which some Christians choose to have … more
How do you express your love for someone? With Valentine’s Day being yesterday, my guess is that many gave and received expressions of love for a spouse, a child, grandchild, friend and the … more
You don’t need a crystal ball to see that private school vouchers appear to be barreling toward passage by the Iowa Legislature, just three weeks into the 2023 session. These vouchers, or … more
On Tuesday, I was able to serve on my first subcommittee for this session where we discussed and passed HSB 2. This was the first among many subcommittees I will be taking part in this legislative … more
The Legislature wrote Iowa’s public records law 55 years ago, and one of the tenets of the statute was the belief people deserve to know how state and local governments spend their tax money. … more
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