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  • Your library vote: Aug. 1
    The Carroll City Council moved forward with the city’s library/City Hall project Monday, voting unanimously for an Aug. 1 referendum that, if passed, would greenlight a project discussed in Carroll for more than a decade.
  • Farner-Bocken sold for $190 million
    A publicly traded distribution company based in San Francisco with a sweeping North American reach has purchased Farner-Bocken, an anchor of Carroll’s commercial corridor with local family-owned roots tracing back to 1939.
  • The Last Bootlegger
    Helen Kasparbauer passed away May 6 at the age of 102. 
  • Democrat Norris spies 1974-like opening
    Red Oak native John Norris, a former top staffer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and key figure in Iowa campaigns for a generation, brings a lengthy resume of advocacy for farm life to his potential — and seemingly odds-on —  campaign for governor in a growing Democratic field.
  • New Hope leader says GOP health care fix could gut clients
    The executive director of New Hope, a Carroll-based organization supporting people with intellectual disabilities, says a Republican health-care plan to repeal and replace Obamacare — that cleared one half of Capitol Hill — would be devastating for her clients.
  • Second Stride
    Even a wicked cool horse needs a friend. The pageantry of the Kentucky Derby, the draining of mint juleps and showcasing of stylish hats, the strutting of man-as-peacock suits, is at its 144-year-old core built on the heavy-hoofed work of horses — celebrated animals in the sport of kings.
  • Senator Grassley and private debt collectors
    With the recent passage of legislation encouraged by Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., the Internal Revenue Service is kick-starting the use of private debt-collection companies to chase down delinquent taxpayers.
  • UNI president: ‘I’m just a kid from Iowa’
    The new University of Northern Iowa president blends a rural Iowa sensibility with an academic powerhouse of a resume.
  • Grassley: Trump’s unpredictablity ‘positive’ for foreign policy
    U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, says critics of President Trump’s foreign-policy maneuvering, in which long-stated campaign and policy positions can shift, even day to day, is a smart approach to dealing with certain international issues, particularly those involving potential military action.
  • Ernst to Trump: Put down the golf clubs, work in Washington
    A Red Oak Republican who vaulted to political stardom with a down-home commercial portraying herself as an everywoman Iowa farm girl, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, had a message for the nation’s billionaire president:

    Quit playing so much golf, cut back on the entertaining in Florida and do the nation’s work in the White House and Washington, D.C.
  • Let’s talk about consent — in church
    It’s never a good day when words can send a chill down your spine.
  • Pulitzer Prize was a father-and-son effort
    The salty, wild-haired editor of the Storm Lake Times penned the best editorials in the country last year.
  • The Mayor for Governor
    Fred Hoiberg is a winner treading water in Chicago. He is one person who cold bring all Iowans together.
  • Presentation provides candid look at women’s health

    Blood pressure, cholesterol and weight are all well and good, but there’s one topic women should be discussing more with their doctors, area physicians said this week.

    Their sex lives.

  • A full-state press for Highway 30
    The potential of a developing trillion-dollar Trump administration infrastructure-investment package, and how that could boost Iowa highways, emerged Wednesday in several sessions with state leaders during Highway 30 Day at the Capitol in Des Moines.
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