2022-05-04 E-Edition

Courthouse renovations on schedule



The Madison County Courthouse Restoration Project has been the topic of conversation around the downtown square as Madison County Supervisors Diane Fitch, Heather Stancil, and Phil Clifton have met with the architects and construction personnel every other week since the project was set in motion. Scheduled to be completed before this year’s Covered Bridge Festival, Legacy in Stone is the […]

City council discusses fire department’s sesquicentennial



The Winterset City Council discussed board and department updates, and received a presentation on the Winterset Fire Department’s 150th Celebration 7 p.m. Monday, May 2, at City Hall. Winterset Firefighter Douglas Lauer spoke about the celebration, which will be held in honor of 150 years of service to the City of Winterset and Madison County. As of now, the discussion […]

Frostee’s hiring for part-time help, workers needed to open



Many peoples’ favorite local ice cream venue is at a standstill this spring – they can’t open for the season until getting the employees they need. Owner Allison Naber said that they usually open the second weekend in April, but until they get people hired, they will not be able to set an opening date. Frostee’s is currently hiring for […]

WHS graduate inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society

Natalie Hansen of Cumming was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Hansen was initiated at Coe College. Hansen is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and […]

Inside the Iowa House

One step forward, two steps back

In our second week of overtime, we’ve heard from lots of Iowans who are more than fed up with politics, and think it’s time for the session to adjourn. I couldn’t agree more. In an effort to close down the legislative session, the Governor and Republican leaders are working behind closed doors to strike deals on unpopular legislation that indulges […]

Cindy Axne


Tuesday, I responded to reports that the U.S. Supreme Court is working on a decision that could strike down nearly 50 years of legal precedent on Constitutional reproductive rights by overturning Roe v Wade. Depriving a woman of the right to make her own medical decisions is dangerous and shortsighted. We already know laws that restrict access to health care […]

Julian B. Garrett


U.S. economy shrinks The Commerce Department reports that the U.S. gross domestic product shrank by 1.4 percent in the first quarter of the year. Of course, this is only one quarter, but it was not expected. Coupled with the growing inflation rates, I am concerned about where we are heading. It is unusual to have both high inflation and a […]

Relatively Minor



Laughter does not have to come from a major source. It could indeed be … relatively minor. … May the Fourth be with you, on this unofficial Star Wars holiday. Hug a Wookiee to avoid the perils of the Dark Side, and ignore the heavy breathing because Luke, I am not your father (nor am I your mother). Although flowers […]

Way Back When




50 YEARS AGO The Husky boys’ golf team won its fourth dual in five by defeating Clarke: Tom Frank of Winterset shot a 41 for medalist honors. Husky track athletes failed to score at Drake, but the boys won 11 of 18 events in a McGaffin field triangular where Dick Scullen clocked 11.0 at 100 yards. 40 YEARS AGO Lt. […]