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Time has a way of passing quickly when you have a lot to do. That’s certainly true for members of the local committees that are putting the details together to host the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) in Denison on Sunday, July 22.

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The Crawford County Board of Supervisors took a lot of heat over the weekend and early this week concerning their initial decision to ban rural vending in the county during RAGBRAI.

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Spring safety: farm equipment on the road

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Cyndi Hanson, the Republican challenger for Iowa’s 4th Congressional District seat, visited Denison on April 4.

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Helping veterans, reigning in state agencies, improving mental health services and combating the opioid epidemic highlight a busy Week 8 in the Iowa House.

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Not too long after the announcement that Denison would be a stop along this year’s RAGBRAI route, a friend of mine suggested I should make a movie for the event.

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We are almost to the midpoint of the 2018 legislative session. That means we have passed the first funnel deadline, and in committee we are working on House bills sent over to us. It also means we have reached the point where we address the main issue of the session. 2018 will be known for t…

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Floor debate picked up this week. Bills that survived the first funnel are now coming to the floor for further approval before being sent to the House for the next step. Bills passed by the House are moving to the Senate, working their way through committees, to be eligible for debate before…

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Diocese of Sioux City Bishop R. Walker Nickless and bishops across the country are encouraging people in the United States to participate in a national Catholic call-in day to Congress to express support for “Dreamers.”

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My farmer and I recently vacationed in the warm south. In the past decade or so, I’ve traveled by myself quite a lot flying or driving to national conferences.

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Dr. John Paschen, a Democrat from Ames and a pediatrician at McFarland Clinic in the same city, is on the campaign trail throughout District 4, promoting a plan to increase the number of hospital beds dedicated to short-term stays for mental health patients, using federal infrastructure fund…

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I’ve been gathering information about Walter Thomsen for the series I’m writing about the soldiers from Crawford County who were killed in action and have had county bridges named after them.

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Week 3 of the 2018 Legislative Session saw the passage of the Water Quality Bill (SF512) by the Iowa House on Tuesday. The week was also filled with committee and sub-committee work, as we determine which bills warrant moving forward and which do not.

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Each year I write one newsletter to update constituents on the amount of publicly held debt. That information can be found on the website of the Treasurer of Iowa. The link will take you to an overview chart outlining the total publicly held debt at all levels of government in Iowa. The char…

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Weeks keep flying by and the first funnel will be here before I know it. February 16 is first funnel deadline date. Bills must be out of subcommittees and full committee by that date or they will be dead for this session. The second funnel date March 16. This is the deadline for bills that c…

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One of the most often heard concerns this last couple years from people in Senate District 9 is about the nickel deposit on containers and the lack of redemption centers in which to get your five cents back.

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Week two started with a blizzard and back to the frigid temps. As I write this, temperatures have warmed significantly.

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Week 2 in the Iowa House has proven to be a busy one, with numerous committee and sub-committee meetings, work on constituent concerns and managed care, recognition of religious liberty by the Governor, Veterans Day on the Hill, and continued discussions on how to best meet the state’s prior…

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Last week I had the privilege of writing a story about Mike Heller, who grew up in rural Crawford County in the 1950s and ‘60s.

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We convened on Monday, January 8. Gov. Kim Reynolds, as the first female Governor in Iowa history, presented her very first Condition of the State Address in which she decisively put forth her priorities for the session. Her remarks were compelling, and her priorities mirror what I have hear…

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The 2018 session of the Iowa Legislature has begun. This year the session is scheduled to last 100 days. This would have us finishing on April 17, but our goal is to get to work and end session in 90 days, finishing April 7.

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Week one was historical for Iowa’s first female governor, Kim Reynolds. It was exciting to listen to her vision for Iowa and set out her priorities. She emphasized the importance of small-town Iowa and rural values. Her speech also provides us with the groundwork for budget discussions going…

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Like birthdays and the end of a school year, the beginning of the New Year is a natural milestone for contemplation – looking back at what was good and not good, and looking ahead to what can be done to make us better.

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As 2017 comes to an end, we have much to be thankful for. Numerous reports from objective sources report Iowa first or near first in the nation in a number of important areas.

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Strength of a county, community comes from free enterprise and vibrant capitalistic economy

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Democrats ask county Republican Party

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Well, this is it; this is my final edition of “Minutes With The Mayor.”

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On October 26, I attended the Governor’s Opioid Summit in Des Moines. Medical, substance abuse and legal experts were present to discuss possible solutions to the growing opioid epidemic claiming so many lives in America and Iowa.

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Stories of time travel have existed in fiction since about the mid-1600s, though it was not until the 1800s that the idea entered popular culture.

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About 70 people showed up for our Halloween movie night at the Donna Reed Theater last month.

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Thanks those involved with KIA bridge sign project

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When I think back on some of the city accomplishments over the past two years, I can’t help but think that many probably have gone unnoticed by the general public.

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Leann Jacobsen traveled to Denison Wednesday evening to meet with the Denison chapter of the national “Drinking Liberally” group.

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CCMH board member says employees work to make healthcare experience best it can be