Biden’s move to replace Iowa would upend five decades of tradition

Barring a miracle, Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status will be over. On Thursday, President Biden asked the Democratic National Committee to put South Carolina first on the 2024 presidential nomination calendar, followed by Nevada and New Hampshire a week later; after that would be Georgia, then Michigan. The party’s charter committee ratified the new lineup on Friday. … Read more

#7 Iowa State Vs #2 Iowa Wrestling Duel Preview

Before I get to the preview of the Iowa State vs. Iowa wrestling duel, I wanted to post some information that came out this week. My colleague Sam Phillips posted a YouTube video about Tom Brands and Kevin Dresser’s relationship. I would strongly recommend watching this before the duel. It’s an eye opener and I’m … Read more

The loss of Iowa’s first Democratic conventions would change political influence and tradition

Iowa’s presidential assemblies over the past five decades have given the small, mostly white state an outsized influence on state politics, giving local leaders access to powerful politicians, boosting profits for restaurants and hotels, and helping promote respectful treatment of ethanol corn-based and other segments of its economy. Republicans still plan to start their 2024 … Read more

Special elections deserve maximum voter turnout

Local government votes that directly affect property taxes should be on November ballots. Sarah Curry | guest columnist In 2019, the Boone YMCA closed its doors. With liabilities exceeding revenue, the organization was no longer a profitable enterprise. “It’s an older building that needs a lot of costly repairs… and because the Boone Y never … Read more

Death metal singers have a vocal counterpart… in bats

It turns out that bats and death metal singers have more in common than meets the eye – and no, it’s not just a love of the dark. Bats have an enormous vocal range — from super-high-pitched clicks that are beyond the range of human hearing, to lower-pitched grunts that our ears can pick up. … Read more

Mason City is seeing a large increase in English speaking students

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Communication is a key element of a student’s success in American schools, but it can be challenging when English is not your first language. Mason City’s English Learner Program has seen a rapid increase in the student population with children who speak many different first languages. With this growth and … Read more

Mason City is seeing a large increase in English speaking students

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Communication is a key element of a student’s success in American schools, but it can be challenging when English is not your first language. Mason City’s English Learner Program has seen a rapid increase in the student population with children who speak many different first languages. With this growth and … Read more