Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Sunday December 21, 2014
Let Santa bring the small stuff
What are your favorite childhood memories of Christmas?
I remember getting up early and pouncing on my stocking, which was always filled wit ...
Saturday December 20, 2014
Sally Mason refills DI’s dance card
Don’t forget to enjoy the dance.
That’s the advice my first newspaper editor offered nearly every time I left to do an intervie ...
Thursday December 18, 2014
Cutting corners in Marion
So it looks like 2015 will be the year of the roundabout in Marion.
Steady now. Don’t get dizzy.
Marion City Engineer Dan Whitl ...
Tuesday December 16, 2014
Butter cow beats local control
Here's a novel idea.
Each year, on a rotating basis, an Iowa school board should get to approve Gov. Terry Branstad's calendar. They decide ...
Sunday December 14, 2014
Memories, ideas roll in for Wood
A couple of weeks ago, I asked for your thoughts on how best to celebrate Grant Wood’s 125th birthday in 2016. Some of my colleagues ...
Thursday December 11, 2014
Checking on Linn-Mar’s pick
First, let’s get one thing straight. Quintin Shepherd has no plans to cancel Halloween.
“I would say never,” said Shephe ...
Sunday December 07, 2014
Pork pander tough to swallow
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has joined the Iowa caucuses’ pantheon of pander. He’ll be presented with the coveted Golden Pork Chop ...
Saturday December 06, 2014
Protests are evidence of exclusion
One of the best things about working in the media is the access it provides to all facets of the community. When combined with innate curiosity and ...
Thursday December 04, 2014
Gatekeeper calls it a ‘heavy lift’
Back in April, state Sen. Liz Mathis sat at her desk in the Iowa Senate watching a live online feed of the Racing and Gaming Commission’s vo ...
Tuesday December 02, 2014
My way, and that’s an order
When it comes to governing by executive order, I’m not a fan.
So when President Barack Obama issued his order last month giving tempor ...