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More than 240 eople signed up to give testimony last night at a statehouse hearing on a bill that would require Iowa voters to present ID’s at the polls.  House File 516 brought out large numbers supporters and opponents.  Secretary of State Paul Pate is the author of the measure and he spoke first.  He said the bill should make it easy to vote and hard to cheat. Pate said that no one would be denied the right to vote if the bill becomes law.



Go up the gentle hill west of LeMars sometime. Take a right when you get up the rise, and you'll find an abandoned place with an old house square enough to be a dorm. 

Once upon a time, it was.

Up there, you could well be on top of the world. East, the Floyd River snakes around the city of LeMars, which was far smaller back in 1880 when Captain Reynolds Moreton built the place where you're standing, a place he called Dromore Farm, named after a castle in Scotland. In his day that house was twice as big, but it’s still lordly, although silent now, abandoned. 

Margaret Holman's Meatball Skillet Dinner

Mar 3, 2017

Meatball Skillet Dinner  


1/4 cup finely chopped onion  

1 lb. ground beef (85% or 90% lean)  

2 T flour  

1/2 t salt  

1/2 t garlic salt

1/4 t pepper

1 egg, beaten with a fork  

1/4 cup milk  

1 can Campbell’s Cream of Celery soup  

6 smallish potatoes (lg. reds or sm. russets)

6 carrots (fresh, green-top bunch if possible)  

1 T butter (for sauté of onions and meatballs)    


Cultural Continuum 3-03-17

Mar 3, 2017

Nebraska Voter ID Bill Faces Opposition

Mar 2, 2017

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While Iowa legislators ponder a voter ID bill, a similar measure is drawing criticism in Nebraska.  Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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The Lincoln Star Journal reports that the new proposal is in the form of a constitutional amendment that would be submitted to Nebraska voters in 2018.  If voters approved the amendment, the Legislature would determine the voter ID requirements. 

Iowa Death Penalty Bill Laid to Rest

Mar 2, 2017

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State lawmakers have scrapped plans to resurrect the death penalty in Iowa this year. 

Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Bottle Deposit Bill 030217

A house committee approved a bill repealing Iowa's bottle deposit program yesterday, but it could be several years before the bill would become law. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has more.


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South Dakota Reservation Tax Exemptions

Mar 2, 2017

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A Nebraska lawmaker proposed a bill yesterday to encourage more business and economic growth on the Native American reservations. Siouxland Public Media’s Mary Hartnett has this report.

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Alex Waters

The state legislature has been in session seven weeks and a lot has happened.  Lawmakers passed the controversial Chapter 20 measure that largely ended collective bargaining for public employees in Iowa, changing the way their healthcare will be managed and might eventually affect their pension system.