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    Hope all of you had a great holiday weekend this past weekend. For the first time in a very long time, we actually took a sort of a vacation. We spent the weekend at a family member's lake house in Wisconsin. What a great time we had!

      Now this is Iowa corn growing weather! The heat and humidity have been turned on and everything is growing like crazy. I still love the line about how you can "hear the corn grow" in Iowa. I kind of feel like that could be true some days. Corn loves heat and humidity. Soybeans do quite a bit…

        As an Indian Muslim American, born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, I thought I understood what racism was. I knew I was different when the kids in science class would welcome me with erasers stamped onto their forehead, or when my cousins would tease me because I was too “white-washed.”

          I am very excited to report that we have all of our corn and soybeans planted! In fact, we finished on May 3rd. As I followed Robb back home with the planter, I thought about how last year we had not planted even a single acre by May 3rd. What a difference a year makes! We hope to never agai…

            Now that’s better — it finally feels like spring here in Iowa. With spring comes a long list of to-do’s here on the farm. Most importantly — it’s time to get planting! I think I started a spring column a few years ago with the phrase “Gentlemen, start your engines!”, and that really is what …

              Six weeks of social distancing and counting. My mom is not well, and I can’t see her. My house is a mess, as my daughter watches PBS Kids and Disney+. I should be cooking more often, but I’m not. Eye roll to the four unread books sitting on my night stand. With all that said, I'm figuring it…

              The Illinois AP Media Editors host a debate between Illinois Policy Institute and Vote Yes for Workers Rights over the implications of Amendment 1, a state referendum asking if unions should be strengthened with constitutional rights.

              Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman and Ellen DeGeneres are among the celebrity moderators joining former first lady Michelle Obama on tour for her upcoming book, “The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times.” Other guests include Gayle King, Conan O’Brien, Tracee Ellis Ross, Michelle Norris, Elizabeth Alexander and Heather McGhee. On Wednesday, Crown and Live Nation also announced that Obama has added seven stops to her monthlong tour, which begins at Washington's Warner Theatre on Nov. 15, the book’s publication date. Additional appearances have been scheduled in Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago and San Francisco.

              Oct. 4—Iowa will receive about $6 million in federal grant dollars to help schools address student well-being. The U.S. Department of Education last week announced awards to states and territories totaling nearly $1 billion through the bipartisan gun violence bill signed by President Joe Biden in June in the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting. The money is intended to foster safe, ...

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              Oct. 4—Iowa will receive about $6 million in federal grant dollars to help schools address student well-being. The U.S. Department of Education last week announced awards to states and territories totaling nearly $1 billion through the bipartisan gun violence bill signed by President Joe Biden in June in the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting. The money is intended to foster safe, ...

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