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It was a memorable winter evening in 1960 at our comfortable home in the mild inland coastal climate of Roseburg, Oregon when Dad made his surprising announcement.

DES MOINES — The Department of Human Services (DHS) is pleased to announce contract negotiations with the state’s Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) have concluded and contracts have been signed for state fiscal year 2020.

OTTUMWA — It finally happened. At about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, the Des Moines River finally fell below flood stage for the first time since May 24.

OTTUMWA — Gov. John Hickenlooper campaigned in Ottumwa on Monday as part of his bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Iowa has taken the second-biggest chunk of President Donald Trump's $12 billion aid package, with Illinois the only state to collect more.

OTTUMWA — Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she wants to make it easier for small farmers to continue working their land while going through bankruptcy, a process she said currently forces too many people out of the industry.

Bemis Company mistreated employees at its Centerville factory and did not intend to reach a deal with a newly ratified union, an administrative law judge ruled Monday.

OTTUMWA — The summer’s first significant heat wave is coming to an end, bringing a return of all-too-familiar rain to southeast Iowa.

The Pella Youth Coalition hosted Doctor Annette Bosworth to discuss the effects of addiction and trauma on the brain during an interactive program on June 21 and June 22 at Central College.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig toured Ulrich’s Meat Market and In’t Veld’s Meat Market & Opa’s Deli Friday morning, announcing a new program that will create markets for Iowa meat products.

C&C Manufacturing in Centerville is expanding, the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation announced Wednesday.

MAHASKA COUNTY — Rome wasn't built in a day, but a small home was built at New Hope Community over the course of fewer than eight hours.

Henrietta Veldhuizen, a long-standing and reputable member of the Pella Historical Society, has been granted the 2019 Tulip Time Service Award for her dedication and volunteer work that goes beyond her job description.

While there's a shortage of nurses around the area and country, there's also a shortage of prospective nurses. That shortage of students enrolled in that program led to the temporary suspension of the program in Centerville.

PELLA — Cosmopolitanism is something leading philosophers Kwame Anthony Appiah and Martha C. Nussbaum are talking about. Anna Christensen, lecturer in philosophy at Central College, now will talk about it, too.

The Pella Opera House will host The Accidental Hero, a true World War II story appropriate for all ages and lovers of history.

OSKALOOSA — Local Vietnam veterans were recognized and offered a welcome many never received when they returned home from their service.

The Appanoose County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 Monday to formally oppose the city of Centerville's efforts to use an Iowa law to zone land outside its corporate limits.

DES MOINES – Major General Timothy E. Orr, Adjutant General of the Iowa National Guard, recently announced his retirement beginning on May 1, 2019.

OTTUMWA — Wapello County supervisors will decide next week whether to oppose bills in the legislature that would allow certain vehicles to exceed current weight limits on Iowa roads and bridges.

OSKALOOSA — The issue of Medicare privatization was, as ever, on the minds of Eggs and Issues attendees.

Of more than 200 surveyed by the Community Health Needs Assessment, mental health was voted the top priority for improvement in Appanoose County.

OSKALOOSA — Below the gleaming dome of the Iowa State Capitol building, Rosa Snyder and her colleagues wielded paintbrushes instead of pens.

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