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It’s amazing to think how quickly 2019 has come and gone. It has been another great year for the Clarinda Chamber and the community as a whole. We are just beginning one of our busier times of year and I want to take a moment to go over the Chamber’s Holiday Season.

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If you are a parent, grandparent, relative or friend of a high school senior that will be graduating spring 2020, the Clarinda Foundation Board of Directors encourages you to visit with the upcoming graduate about his or her plans to continue post-secondary education. The cost of post-second…

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What state would be the best, diverse one to start the presidential nominating process?

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My, how things have changed.

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After nearly 75 years, the Marine Corps last week corrected the identity of a second man in a photograph of U.S. forces raising an American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima — one of the most iconic photographs taken during World War II.

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Thank you for attending our Clarinda school board candidate forum Oct. 24 at the middle school.

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During the Iowa Legislative session in 2017, then Governor Terry Branstad signed House File 566 into law a bill requiring joint school and city elections. According to the Secretary of State’s Office the last four school elections, the voter turnout average was 6.5% and the average voter tur…

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Thomas Jefferson once observed, “Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”

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We are living in challenging times for those who depend on the work of a free press. Every day, journalists across the globe encounter censorship, harassment and violence. In every part of the world, authoritarian rulers are tightening their grip on the media, trying to prevent reporters fro…

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As many of you would agree, Iowa is an amazing place to raise a family and establish community roots—unless you or someone you love has immediate mental health concerns. The reality for our great state is that we are in the midst of a mental health care crisis.

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For the third time in four years, the Clarinda Herald-Journal will sponsor a candidate forum.

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Cases of severe respiratory illness associated with vaping continue to be reported across the U.S. and in Iowa. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 805 cases and 12 deaths. In Iowa, there have been 23 reported cases and no deaths. Of the 23 Iowa cases, age…

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The Iowa-Iowa State game on Sept. 14, 2019, should go down as a “day of embarrassment” for the state of Iowa.

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Americans from coast to coast disagree about plenty of issues. As a U.S. senator, I know at least one issue that unites all Americans: Drug prices are too high.

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Of course, it was pure accident that news of a possible court settlement with Purdue Pharma landed about the same time as the latest figures on mysterious vaping deaths and the burgeoning e-cigarette epidemic in high schools.

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There is a trend with Page County building projects and residents can only hope the trend improves before the time comes the county wants, or is forced to, build a new jail.

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As Congress reconvenes this week, we’ll have a choice to make - stand by an outdated, 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, or vote to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a modern trade agreement that will create thousands of new American jobs. Democrats should be leading the c…

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There is a trend with Page County building projects and residents can only hope the trend improves before the time comes the county wants, or is forced to, build a new jail.

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As Congress reconvenes this week, we’ll have a choice to make - stand by an outdated, 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, or vote to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a modern trade agreement that will create thousands of new American jobs. Democrats should be leading the c…

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The Clarinda community has completed a successful Downtown Revitalization Façade project with twelve participating owners totaling eighteen building facades. 

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In the wake of flooding that devastated the city of Hamburg and the surrounding area beginning in March of this year, Iowa’s two Republican senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, are pressing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to follow through on its commitment to rebuild a levee that is a …

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I’d be curious to know how my son, Grant, would fit in my shoes when I turned 18.

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A month ago, at an AARP forum in Council Bluffs, I was asked a question that comes up again and again in Iowa: How do we address the crisis in providing access to needed mental health care for our communities?

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“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

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You’re a single working parent, or a stay-at-home dad, or a grandmother assigned to babysit for the day. You’re absent-minded or type-A, rich or poor or somewhere in between. Regardless of wealth, gender, age, occupation, ethnicity or any other demographic marker, it could be you. Though you…

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The Washington, D.C., area is already rich and overcrowded, and with the arrival of Amazon.com’s second headquarters it’s about to get thousands more high-paying jobs. Lots of other metropolitan areas, especially in the middle of the country, are less rich and less crowded. So why not move s…

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Last week I mentioned how my wife and I spent a Saturday in Kansas City. Some of her longtime friends, who she hasn’t seen in a long time, were in the city and they arranged to meet.

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“I ate apple pie and ice cream – it was getting better as I got deeper into Iowa, the pie bigger, the ice cream richer.” Jack Kerouac, from his novel “On the Road”

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Retirement savings reform isn’t a hot topic for journalists, but it’s one of the few areas where Democrats and Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump could pull off some bipartisan reform when legislators reassemble in September.

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As the 20th century came to a close, the United States faced many challenges, but a high rate of death from prescription opioid overdoses was not one of them. In 1999, 3,442 people died from taking excessive pain-killing substances such as oxycodone or hydromorphone. Each such death, of cour…

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Each year young women from Page County compete in the Page County Fair Queen Contest for the title of “Miss Page County Fair Queen”. They will be judged during a tea on July 20, on the following point system:

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If Americans agree on anything these days, it’s that our schools could be much better, and that internet culture is harming our children. I have a simple proposal to address both problems: high school classes on how to use the internet more effectively.

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Agriculture is obviously a huge part of life in Nebraska and Iowa, but a new study of all 435 U.S. House districts shows just how large farming and ranching truly are here.

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