2022-11-02 E-Edition

Saying ‘goodbye’ to Winterset’s Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin owners Dave and Judy Trask are wrapping up their last year at the store and plan to close up shop and retire after serving the community through the beloved local business for 44 years. Throughout the years The Ben Franklin Store has been a cornerstone in downtown Winterset for 83 years. The five-and-dime chain first opened a local […]

Community asked to provide input for local schools

Parents and community members gathered at the Winterset High School on Thursday afternoon to provide input that will be used to draft the district’s strategic plan and the Profile of a Husky Graduate. The district asked for input from the community about what knowledge, skills, and dispositions local students need to graduate with to be college, career, and life ready. […]

The Farmstand in St. Charles gets into the spirit of the season

A celebration was held in St. Charles on Saturday morning welcoming children and their families to share a little Halloween spirit before the Monday holiday. Halloween at the Farmstand was presented from 10-3, as the mother-daughter team of Debra Jordan and Tori Willis, who own the Farmstand by Manastash Mercantile, outfitted their farm with giant cobwebs and other ghostly features […]

Chamber announces future Covered Bridge Festival dates

The Madison County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors met recently to review the feedback they had received from their membership after surveying them in regards to the dates for the 2023 Covered Bridge Festival. There had been some community disgruntlement after the Covered Bridge Festival Committee planned to schedule next year’s Festival on Oct. 7 and 8. Which was […]

MATURA offers low-income home energy assistance

Applications for the 2022-2023 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program for Elderly and Disabled and households facing disconnection began Oct. 1, 2022. All other households can apply beginning Nov. 1, 2022. This program is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services through the Iowa Department of Human Rights/DCAA, and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and […]

Relatively Minor

Laughter does not have to come from a major source. It could indeed be … relatively minor. … For the sake of my leather recliner, loveseat, and couch I have started taking my youngest to the park. Although it does not contain a set of swings, a slide, or a merry-go-round it still offers the opportunity to get some fresh […]

Julian B. Garrett

Iowa test scores recovering

Test scores for students around the nation have generally declined over the past 2 years according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Of course, COVID-19 shutdowns are mostly blamed. NAEP says: “In 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) conducted a special administration of the NAEP longterm trend (LTT) reading and mathematics assessments for age 9 students […]

Bivalent booster authorized for younger age groups

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent to authorize their use as a single booster dose in younger age groups. The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, Bivalent is authorized for administration at least two months following completion of primary or booster vaccination in children down […]

Way Back When

50 YEARS AGO George Abrams prevailed over Marjorie Hodges for auditor, Rex Rouse retained the sheriff’s post, and Herbert Callison narrowly defeated Frank Binder for supervisor. The football Huskies ended their season with an overtime loss at Creston, 13-19, but the squad was undefeated in league play and Doug Jackson, Brad White, Jim Rhoads, Steve Walker, Mark Tucker, Randy Reed, […]