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 By Submitted    Opinion    January 16, 2020 

Letter To The Editor

January 3, 2020 The zoning ordinance of the City of Primghar is to regulate and restrict the location and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residence and other purposes and encourage the most appropriate use of land... Full story


Membership Pays

It was handed to us on Friday. No, not that, the Iowa Supreme Court decision we've been waiting for. Well, maybe that, too. The judges decided against the small newspapers completely. But inside the...

 By Submitted    Opinion    October 10, 2019

New drug pricing scheme betrays Trump's promise to fight socialism

By Jeff Dunetz Americans pay nearly twice as much for advanced drugs as Europeans. It's unfair that we foot the lion's share of the bill for drug research and development, while our supposed allies use socialist price controls to shirk their share...

 By Submitted    Opinion    August 15, 2019

A Trillion Trees.....

By Debbie Fluegel, Trees Forever Program Manager You may have read recently that scientists in Switzerland have determined that in order to battle climate change, we would need to plant 1 trillion tre...

 By Mari Radtke    Opinion    August 8, 2019

My View

Thank you, Rev. Dr. Derrick Okine of United Church of Primghar and Archer United Methodist Church, for the invitation to the 5th Annual "Africa Night" held at First United Methodist Church in Sioux Ci...


Bedroom Community

A portion of the Paullina City Council meeting held July 1 2019 with a comment made by Councilman Charlie Harper during this meeting regarding his opinion of Paullina as a Bedroom Community. Mr.... Full story

 By Mari Radtke    Opinion    July 4, 2019

My View

Culture. It means so many different things. One thing about culture is understood pretty absolutely: it is learned behavior of a society. As I celebrated Independence Day in the American tradition, I... Full story


From My View

Cobblestone Days in Primghar went off well for the community, plenty of people and plenty of fun for all, even with the short rainfall. I did find one thing a bit disconcerting, and that was in the... Full story


From My View

This coming weekend Primghar is having their Annual Cobblestone Days, that should be a fun filled few days for the area. The events start off on Friday June 14, with the Mercy One auxiliary luncheon....


From My View

One issue that always seems to come to the front of the line this time of year is the appearance of what I like to term the "Yard Nazis". Yes I realize that is a bit overstated, but for want of a... Full story


May is Mental Health Month Make it OK

Submitted by Nami of Northwest Iowa Each year, one in four Americans experiences a mental illness. Most will wait an average of ten years before seeking treatment, largely due to the stigma. May is...


Congressman King Votes to Let Insurance Companies Gouge 307,900 Iowans with Pre-Existing Conditions

Submitted by DCCC In a vote that shocked no one, Congressman King sided with big insurance companies by voting to let them charge people with pre-existing conditions significantly more for their...

 By Brooke Goren    Opinion    April 11, 2019

Is Rubberstamp Republican Steve King Still Proud of the GOP Tax Scam?

With Tax Day looming, more and more hardworking families in Iowa are realizing they're about to pay more in taxes and get less in refunds this year. Rubberstamp Republicans like Congressman Steve...

 By Brooke Goren    Opinion    March 21, 2019

As Trump spits on the grave of deceased war hero John McCain, Congressman King remains silent

On Wednesday, President Trump took his feud with Senator McCain to a new low, going on a five-minute rant where he complained about not being thanked enough for McCain’s funeral. Trump also claimed McCain “didn’t get the job done” for...


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Oprah Winfrey and Her Mom's Strong Finish

Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, died less than two months ago on Thanksgiving Day, and Oprah recently shared with People Magazine the tender story of their last conversation. As usual, when Oprah shares a personal experience, her generous and...


King Votes to Continue GOP Assault on Health Care

On January 9, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to intervene against a GOP-led lawsuit which seeks to destroy the ACA and repeal protections for people with pre-existing... Full story

 By Paul Pate    Opinion    January 24, 2019

A survivor shares her story of human trafficking

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate January is both Human Trafficking and Stalking Awareness Month. Trafficking and stalking are problems that continue to plague our society. Estimates show there are...


Editorial Cartoon

The Wall...


King Votes to Continue GOP Assault on Health Care

Today, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill to intervene against a GOP-led lawsuit which seeks to destroy the ACA and repeal protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Representative Steve King opposed that effort, instead... Full story


Guest Editorial

Hundreds of thousands of Iowans are making their voices heard by casting a ballot in the November elections. Are you one of them? If so, thank you for voting. If you’re not, why not? The United States of America is the greatest and freest country...


Editorial School Bus Safety

There has been considerable debate recently about improving the educational system in Iowa. At the heart of this debate is the main issue of providing the best for our children when it comes to their future. Every parent wants their children to have...


A Wake-up Call to the People and a Challenge to Millennials

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." Abraham Lincoln "Great men, great nations have not been boasters and...


Letter To The Editor-NCC-Alethea F. Stubbe

April 3, 2018, will be remembered as a red-letter day, a day of special significance and opportunity, for Northwest Iowa and NCC! We are thankful that nearly 74% of voters supported an investment in t...


Letter To The Editor-Alethea F. Stubbe

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Since 1966, with your support, Northwest Iowa Community College has served our communities and families we call our neighbors by investing in our youth and adults returning to school, creating opportunities for family-sustaining...


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