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I think we’ve all been enjoying the sun lately. The older kids are breaking in the bikes they got for Easter and my 1 year old who just learned to walk is adjusting to walking with shoes on and … more
The legendary U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis once observed, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Brandeis was not talking about everyday cleaning around the … more
Let me introduce myself, for those who don’t know me.   I am Deacon John Rudd.   I serve St. Patrick’s Estherville and St. Mary’s Armstrong as the Parish Deacon.   … more
Last fall a member of my church brought into my church office two sunflower stalks that he had pulled up from his garden.  It was not hard to notice the root mass that was found at the bottom … more
I’m confused.   Some of our political leaders seemed to be talking out of both sides of their mouths about why it is wrong for public school employees to engage in what the leaders … more
Here is your friendly reminder that this week is teacher appreciation week. Now that I have kids of my own I have a whole new appreciation for teachers. I know I couldn’t have taught my son the … more
A common refrain from Democrats during Donald Trump’s years in the presidency was that he was undermining public trust and confidence in our courts with his talk of judges being biased and … more
Well, week 15 is in the books and unfortunately, there isn't much to report on.   A few policy bills were debated but there still has not been any movement on the budget bills coming from the … more
I’ve titled todays message; He will not let us go, as we look at two encounters of Jesus and his chosen disciples. These encounters have happened after Jesus’s resurrection from the dead … more
We had a nice Easter weekend. The bits and pieces of the church service I caught while wrestling our one year old were good. The bunny was good to my kids, restocking their sidewalk chalk and bubble … more
How well do you remember things; really important things? We write things on calendars, make notes, etc. to help us remember and yet sometimes we still forget. The title above comes from a Bible … more
Another week finished and session is nearing an end. The House has passed all of the proposed budgets and we are now waiting on the Senate to either pass them or add an amendment and send them back. … more
Through history, some political leaders have been outstanding orators. Boy, could they talk. They knew how to mobilize and move people with their words.   Think of Franklin Roosevelt and, … more
Week 12 is in the books and this session is flying by!   Budget bills, Senate files and bounce back bills have been on the docket this week.   This week we saw another flurry of bills … more
I like quick and easy meals. Something we have a lot of is tater tot hotdish. Everyone likes it, it’s easy, and I usually have all the ingredients on hand. In the last year or two I’ve … more
This Sunday, April 10th, is Palm Sunday.   On this day in the Church Year we commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on the Sunday before His death on the cross.   We call … more
We are already into week eleven of session and I can't believe how quickly we are coming towards the end! This week started slow but the action picked up Tuesday evening. The House debated several … more
What’s the scoop on Parmesan cheese? True Parmesan cheese is called Parmigiano-Reggiano and it gets its name from the area the ingredients are from in Italy. There are actually laws that … more
Des Moines Superintendent Thomas Ahart has been a lightning rod during the past three years over the way Iowa’s public schools have responded to the Covid pandemic. Ahart announced last … more
Week nine was full of subcommittees for bills that have been sent over from the Senate.   There is a push to get these bills through before the second funnel end date which is next Friday. … more
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