2021-06-23 E-Edition

Celebrating a well-thrown skillet

Beginning with a morning parade and culminating with a skillet-flinging competition, the Macksburg National Skillet Throw was held Saturday, June 19. Hundreds gathered at Macksburg City Park, participating in games and events such as a pedal tractor pull, dunk tank fun, bean bag tosses, and chicken poop bingo – all which filled the morning hours. As the sun rose to […]

August special election to be held

A county-wide special election will be held on Aug. 3 to determine how county supervisors will be elected moving forward. There will be the one public measure on the ballot, where voters will choose from three plans. Plan One is to have supervisors elected “at-large and without district residence requirements for the members.” In other words, county supervisors will be […]

Juneteenth takes its place as a federal holiday in 2021

Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, became a federal holiday Thursday, June 17, just in time for its 2021 recognition. Known as American’s Second Independence Day, June 19 fell on a Saturday this year, meaning most federal employees, including those locally, received Friday off work. But more important than a day off is […]

Winterset schools update handbooks

The Winterset School District has updated their handbooks for the coming school year. “Our board recently approved all of our handbooks for the upcoming school year,” said Superintendent Justin Gross. “Most of the changes were made to better clarify items that were already present in the handbook, but as we have had administrative changes within the building our new administrators […]

Supervisors approve project bid for Earlham roads

The Madison County Board of Supervisors met to discuss a project bid with Highway Signing Inc., work agreements with the Iowa Secondary Road Department, and wage adjustments 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Madison County Annex. The board approved a bid for a project with Highway Signing Inc. for line painting in the Earlham area for a total cost of $52,909.85. […]

Patients, physicians must be top priority


Dear Editor, Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals sacrificed significantly for their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Patient volumes decreased as much as 50 percent in 2020 as non-emergency procedures were suspended or delayed, and many patients feared going in for treatment because of the virus. The good news is that, at the end of last year, Congress passed the […]

Cindy Axne

I am co-sponsoring bipartisan, bicameral legislation that will provide additional funding for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to ensure Iowa restaurants and their workers receive the aid they requested through COVID-19 relief programs created earlier this year. In March, I voted to create the Restaurant Revitalization Fund as part of the American Rescue Plan, providing $28.6 billion for restaurants and […]

Julian B. Garrett

Inflation coming? We have not had to deal with inflation for many years. A few may remember the inflation of the late 1970s before Ronald Reagan became president. Inflation rates rose to just above 12 percent per year in the latter 1970s. Adding to the problem was the fact that we also had high unemployment. Until then, economists had thought […]

Be aware of Iowa law


Dear Editor, Attention all folks who believe the 2nd Amendment is alive and well – and are aware of Iowa’s new weapon permit law, HF756. Please be aware that HF756 only covers the state of Iowa! You still need an Iowa CCW permit to legally carry concealed in other states who allow an Iowa permit. —Jim Michaels, Winterset