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The first full week of this year’s short legislative session brought with it the start of full days of debate and many more introduced bills. Unlike a long session where there is little to debate … more
There aren't many animals that are uglier than the hippopotamus. The common hippo is the largest freshwater mammal living today, and is a distant relative of the pig. The common hippo is found … more
To the editor: I feel that pets should not be allowed in businesses. I have a couple of thoughts in addition to the arguments presented in Point-Counterpoint. Yes, service animals should be … more
Washington County has a new member of the Board of Supervisors. On Monday, Kevin Barnhill was appointed to the District 7 seat. The position left vacant by the unexpected death of board member … more
Pets are an important part of many people's lives. More and more, some stores and even bars or restaurants are allowing pets inside during normal business hours. Sometimes it’s just certain days, … more
“Back to the Future” promised me hover boards, not a joystick controlled adult baby carriage. If anybody hasn't seen Segway's newest vehicle, which apparently is a lot harder to fall over than … more
Watermelon is the fruit of a vining plant originally found in southern Africa. This wild African watermelon has white flesh and is largely inedible due to its bitterness. Recently, DNA has been … more
While many films have been made about World War I, few films have captured the raw emotion, terror and heroism as shown in “1917.” In the spring of 1917 in Northern France, two lance … more
Happy New Year to everyone in Legislative District 16!  I hope you and your families had a terrific 2019 and are looking forward to great things in 2020.  The 60-day legislative session kicked off … more
Arlington, Blair and Fort Calhoun volunteer fire departments responded to a record number of calls in 2019. According to the National Fire Protection Association, this is part of a national trend, … more
December was one of the busiest months of my career at the Blair Area Community Foundation. I literally printed out and mailed hundreds of thank-you letters and tax receipts to donors. Ran out of … more
I think I’m to the point where I’d prefer athletes to leave God out of their postgame speeches and interviews. Not that I’m against religion or what anyone believes, but I just think it really … more
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