INDEPENDENCE – A committee recently launched a new fundraising campaign, through the Mustang Foundation, Inc., to help fund enhancements to Mustang Way Park, the home of Independence baseball and softball. The fundraising committee is securing private donations, in-kind gifts, and other non-…

INDEPENDENCE – The Holidays at the Depot fundraiser for Buchanan County Tourism has seen some exciting bidding, but there are still lots of undervalued items available on the virtual silent auction.

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With the holiday season starting, the Iowa DNR is encouraging families to find safe ways to spend time outdoors this winter. Please be sure to keep your group small, social distance, and wear a mask when visiting places where social distancing is not possible.

DYERSVILLE – The Independence Mustang girls’ basketball team traveled to Beckman Catholic on November 24 to open the 2020-2021 season. The girls were lucky to get this game in, because on the following day the school shut down athletics for 2 weeks and there will be no games and no practices…

ARLINGTON – By the way the East Buchanan girls’ basketball team started their season, you wouldn’t even know that they lost their top three leading scorers from a year ago. The Lady Bucs jumped all over the Starmont Stars, scoring 25 points in the first quarter on the way to a commanding 54-20 win.

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As I began to write this article for the month of November, I found myself reflecting on the year 2020. In some ways, the year has flown by. So many things have happened this year, and then part of the year drug on. But I am reminded that no matter what happened this year, I got to spend ano…

INDEPENDENCE – It is hard to believe that we were introduced to the threat of COVID roughly eight months ago and all that has followed that has changed our lives. Eight months is a long time for Iowans to fundamentally have their lives changed. At the beginning, we did see huge changes in ou…

Labor Day has labored away, Halloween has eerily disappeared, and Thanksgiving has burped its way passed us, so now we all can officially begin the Christmas season. No “bah-humbugs,” please. We’ve had enough of that in the past 10 months or so, haven’t we?

Last year, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, I joined a congressional delegation trip to visit U.S. troops, including Iowans, deployed in the Middle East. As a former company commander in Kuwait and Iraq, I understand the significance of our elected leaders being on-the-ground in war zones …