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  • Conley family adjusting to life during military deployment

    Two active little boys greet visitors inside the front door of Rob and Lindsay Conley’s home in Carroll. Dylan, 3, wants to wrestle. Colten, 1, wants his favorite book to read.


    Principal John O’Brien walks the hallways of Rabiner Consortium, fist-bumping students as they pass by.

  • Losing their grip (part 2)

    Kelly Dirks can still walk to his wheelchair, for now. When he exits his house near Des Moines last week, heading for the electric wheelchair that’s stored in the garage, his twin, Kevin Dirks, is there.

  • Losing their grip (part 1)

    Thirteen-year-old Kylee Dirks kneels on the carpet next to her dad, Kelly Dirks, and grasps an oversized syringe. She painstakingly inserts a liquid mixture of protein and vegetables into Kelly’s feeding tube, contorting her face in concentration as she feeds her dad dinner.

  • The Real Stuff
    There’s an alley on Main Street with a door that leaks the smell of freshly distilled rye whiskey most days of the week.
  • ‘Alaska is an adventure for anybody’

    Alaska days bled into nights and nights into days as Mike Ebner ran on little to no sleep and was brutalized by stringent working conditions.

  • Packing history
    Julia Evans has held guns that were crafted before the United States was born.
  • Kuemper baseball's lasting legacy
    It seems that Michael Barta and the State baseball tournament have a knack for each other.
  • 60 Years of homes
    When prolific Carroll house-builder Roman Steffes moved into his first home, near Roselle, with his wife, Arlene, soon after they married in 1952, he made an interesting discovery.
  • State Character  Counts program honors Mary Baumhover

    Growing up in a home atmosphere of kindheartedness, Mary Baumhover has made community service and volunteerism for charities a central part of her life.

  • Mom's Home: Surprise reunion concludes kids’ stay in Carroll during parents’ deployment
    As her kids sat just feet away, playing and unaware, Elizabeth Hough stood hidden behind a door and held her breath.
  • A stellar history
    It is hard to believe that the Commercial Savings Bank has been a part of Carroll for 100 years. To tell the story of Commercial Savings Bank is to portray the story of the “Moehn Bank,” and the heart and soul of the bank — Ray Moehn. Along with his wife, Hazel, and sons, grandchildren and great-grandsons, Ray Moehn  established and continues a vital part of Carroll. Ray Moehn loved his town and provided trusted service for financial needs, along with a caring human element, through his bank.  You can feel the warmth of his character and personality as you read about his fair-minded attitude in his banking and his enthusiasm for community activities.
  • Family Resource Center’s new chief executive officer
    Many people join volunteer groups to give back to the community, if they fit into their schedules. For the new chief executive officer of Family Resource Center, he’s centered his life and career on giving to others in need.
  • Gudahl continues traditional of philanthropy and conservation
    Roughly 13,000 years ago, a giant frozen mass known as the Wisconsian Glacier carved its way through North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa, changing the landscapes of the states.
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