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The Oelwein Fire Department reminds residents that the open burning season for yard waste is over. Only recreational fires in fire pits or fire rings are allowed at this time.

Happy autumn! The weather has been perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Motorists are attracted to a beautiful fall setting at a residence on South Frederick and several others in quadrants of the community. I’m enjoying the fall, Halloween decor of neighbors Pam and Jesse Ledesma.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach announced last week the debut of a new tool on the Forecast and Assessment of Cropping Systems website ( that displays weather summaries for every crop reporting district in 12 Midwest states.

The White House has renewed its call for Iowa to impose a statewide mandate for masks in order to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus and prevent unnecessary deaths.

In 2016, with an open seat on the U.S. Supreme Court and a window into the type of justice he’d nominate, the American people elected Donald Trump president of the United States. The vacancy was among the key issues on voters’ minds at the polls.

After watching the daily COVID-19 coverage on CNN, I’ve found that the best way to overcome lingering thoughts of depression, hopelessness, and Chris Cuomo is by going on a brisk walk around our neighborhood with my wife.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, everyday life often involves masking up, keeping our distance and sending children to school online. Many Iowans also have experienced one or more natural disasters including flooding, drought and a derecho.

There is an old joke that asks, How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and assisted living communities across the country that provide care to approximately five million people each year, has called on Congress to ensure dedicated funding and priority attention is given to long-term care residents and caregivers.

The world is perilous enough for the average senior citizen without a highly contagious, potentially deadly new virus causing a global outbreak of disease.

After four agonizing months with virtually no games to watch, a sports fan’s plate is now full with Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League all returning in late July or early August.