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Grassley lauds Branstad, talks ambassadors

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following “Q&A” was placed Friday afternoon on the website run by  the office of U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.Q: Do you expect Governor Branstad to be confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China?A:  Yes.

Walking school bus is good for both the kids and volunteers

Wednesday students of all ages will be walking to school for New Hampton’s Walk to School Day.However, some students have been walking to school for weeks now.I am a volunteer for the walking school bus in New Hampton which is up to three routes a

Stressed editor tackles questions like spring, where are ye?

I’ve got to fly with this column because despite feeling like I spent an eternity in the office this weekend, I’m a mere 125 minutes from deadline as I begin writing this column.If this was all I had left, I’d be fine, but I’m going to have to spr

Save for Mother Nature, it was a great month

If this editorial was a letter to Mother Nature, it might read something like this:Dear Mother Nature;You do know it’s supposed to be spring, right?

Senator says he has good reason to keep Pentagon on a ‘short leash’

Q: Why do you keep bookkeepers at the Pentagon on a short leash?Sen. Charles Grassley: In an era of political divisiveness, this is an issue that bridges the divide among Iowans across the ideological spectrum.

Here’s hoping our kids enjoy a ‘courageous’ and memorable prom

The date escapes me, except that it was sometime in the spring of 1982 when I donned the ugliest tuxedo known to man.I was a junior in high school at little Mapleton High School in southern Minnesota, and long before “promprosals,” I had stared at

Stop the negativity and give Nashua City Council a chance

I have been a lifelong resident of the Nashua Community and am very proud to have been able to call Nashua my home.

Let’s make this a great stop for RAGBRAI

In some ways, July 27 seems far in the future, but trust us, the 93 days between today and the date that the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa is going to fly by.Before you know it, thousands of RAGBRAI riders will be making their way

Family will be forever grateful to SNAP

Our family adopted, Wyatt, from SNAP of Chickasaw County February 2016.

We need ‘Iowa nice’ with hog confinements

We live in a state known for its good people.

Let’s be safe during planting season

Warmer temperatures are finally in the outlook and spring planting season is just around the corner if not already begun for many area farmers.With that in mind, Chickasaw County Farm Bureau would like to take the opportunity to remind everyone th

Our schools are constantly changing ... and that’s a good thing

Thirty-four years ago, I sat in Ron Newell’s classroom and soaked it all in.My peers, however, did not love history as much as I did; to be honest, I don’t know if many of them even tolerated Mr.

It’s time our leaders put the ‘public’ back in public office

For the last few years, I’ve been keeping a file of clippings about the erosion of transparency and candor in government.I’m sorry to report that it’s getting rather full.This is not a good thing.Public officials should feel strongly obliged to do

Recent edition of the Tribune sends mixed messages to our young people

After reading the April 4, front page article, “Event is winner for TRIBE Trail,” then “In the end, it's the little things that matter most in life” on page A4, did any other subscribers to the New Hampton Tribune think “What really is import

Easter morning presents this writer with the ultimate hope

The historian in me — I was after all a history major at what was then Mankato State University long ago — leaves me fascinated with this week in Christianity.And yet, sometimes I wonder if Holy Week doesn’t sometimes mirror today’s times, when op

In the end, it’s the little things that matter the most in life

Let’s do a little Q&A today in an effort to get this column space filled because my mind is more scattered than normal.• So just how tough is Keaton Geerts?Well, tougher than we even thought back in February when the New Hampton senior was rol

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