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Agriculture is the backbone of Iowa’s economy. More importantly, Iowa’s agriculture industry doesn’t just consist of crop farmers and livestock producers. This wide-ranging industry includes small businesses, manufacturers, and financial services.

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Last summer, the World Health Organization recognized internet gaming as a diagnosable addiction. This was an important step in aligning practice with research, but we need to go further. Psychologists and other mental-health professionals must begin to acknowledge that technology use has th…

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A ray of hope was seen, and felt on Sunday, March 10.

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Women oversee a significant portion of America’s farm operations. They account for 14 percent of principal agricultural operators and 30 percent of all farm operators, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes. Between 1978 and 2012, the number of farmers operated by women increased from 5 pe…

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The Legislature’s first funnel was this week, which means our focus has been narrowed to bills that have a better chance of being debated on the floor and signed into law.

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Now is the perfect time to reflect on what a great year 2018 was for the Clarinda Chamber of Commerce and community.

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According to data recently released by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) and the Iowa Motor Carriers Foundation (IMCF), the Iowa trucking industry pays over $561 million in Federal and State roadway taxes.

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As we start to think of summer, we are reminded of the many families that depend on us to provide healthy meals.

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I’ll get straight to the point.

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Key legislative leaders agreed on and Governor Reynolds signed into law an education funding package that includes setting a supplemental state aid rate for FY 2020 and additional money to address transportation and cost per pupil inequities-a total investment of $90 million.

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This spring, I enter new territory with a new title - grandfather. My oldest son and his wife are expecting their first child in May.

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As you will see in the next section of the paper, we have our annual Progress pages.

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Worries over election hacking have led officials in Europe and the U.S. to consider a return to hand-counting paper ballots. Switzerland, however, is moving in the opposite direction, toward absentee electronic voting. It’s a useful way of keeping turnouts from falling, and the systems can b…

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Are the football play clocks portable?

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Americans have become frustrated by the failure of Congress to get its work done on time. Adopting a budget and approving the appropriations bills needed to fund the government should be a top priority. Unfortunately, for decades Congress has repeatedly failed to get these basic tasks accomp…

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Forget a dystopian robot future. The present, in which it is impossible to sit down to dinner without a machine calling your smartphone, is troubling enough. The scourge of robocalls has worsened in recent years, but stirrings in Congress suggest spam-slammed Americans may finally find some relief.

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In her State of the State address, Governor Reynolds released her budget for K-12 school funding.

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Governor Kim Reynolds has designated January as “Radon Action Month” in Iowa. Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, naturally-occurring gas that causes no immediate health symptoms, but long-term exposure may cause lung cancer.

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I am excited to be back in our beautiful state Capitol to represent the people of the 24th House District. It continues to be an honor and a privilege to serve my constituents.

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School districts across the state of Iowa have made extension of the state’s Secure an Advanced Vision for Education Tax — SAVE — a priority for the current session of the Iowa Legislature, which opened Monday.

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Happy New Year – 2019!  I would like to thank all of our Chamber members, community volunteers and board of directors for their support during 2018. 

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Earlier in my career I met a man who was an administrator of a parochial school.

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Every explosive report on Facebook’s data-dealing in recent months is really part of the same story. Facebook wanted to connect the world, and it also wanted to make money. To do both, it decided to connect itself to the rest of the Web - by sharing user information from firm to firm. At som…

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This might be my favorite paper of the year.

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Except for the occasional Sarah Davison concert at Braddyville Park, it’s not very often news comes from the “smaller” towns of Page County.

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A provision of the farm bill that received final congressional approval last Wednesday – and is expected to be signed by President Donald Trump this coming week — removes hemp from the list of federally controlled substances.

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I repeat this column every year for Christmas.

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Iowa’s junior senator, Joni Ernst, pushed for what some termed “bold changes” to the federal government budgeting process last week with a series of amendments that would essentially prohibit senators from leaving Washington if they fail to pass a budget and spending bills on time.

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I want to be more like Ivan and Elfrieda Reents.

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Missouri does it. So does Kansas.

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If you are a parent, grandparent, relative or friend of a high school senior that will be graduating this spring, the Clarinda Foundation Board of Directors encourages you to visit with the upcoming graduate about their plans to continue their education.

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For three years, I worked in communications at a large social-service nonprofit in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Tenderloin community members face tremendous obstacles: Many are homeless, live far below the poverty line and struggle with mental illness, addictive illness or both. …

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You couldn’t have asked for better weather for the annual Lighted Parade on Friday, Nov. 23. The fear of rain earlier in the week held off, but turned to another snowfall on Sunday.

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Nikki Walker RN, BSN, CHPN Greenfield Team Director, Care Initiatives Hospice, Greenfield

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Newly completed testing by AAA found that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.

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Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, many of you received your Herald-Journal today, Friday, Nov. 23.

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It’s an example of people’s independent spirit and using their right to vote.