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The Storm Lake swimming team is a chance for swimmers in the area to come together to do just that, swim, and do so competitively. With no other in-school programs in the area, students from other area schools travel to the...
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School sports: go Tornadoes (08/29/16)
At coffee this last week we got to talking about school starting and how football practice had started already. At the football meeting for parents this year the coach said the numbers were down for players for the Storm Lake High School. While discussing what could cause this, Becky spoke up about her son, he used to play football and then one day he just stopped. ...
What color Is homelessness? (08/29/16)
A young man stood on a street corner in St. Paul, Minnesota last Sunday. He was holding up a sign describing his plight, "Homeless, hungry, need help." He was across the street from a church were I was speaking. I stopped to talk to him and did give him a small donation. ...
Pipeline spills are happening (08/25/16)
Native Americans in Marquette protest an oil pipeline in North Dakota and rightly so. We have heard about pipelines springing devastating leaks all over the country, resulting in serious harm to local ecosystems and contamination of nearby water sources. ...
Veterans make topnotch employees (08/18/16)
Politicians call them heroes and strangers thank them for their service. But when their enlistment comes to an end, veterans need more than a pat on the back as they return to civilian life. They need jobs. And increasingly, they seem to be getting them because the unemployment rate among veterans has been on the decline in recent years. ...
A farm crisis in the making? (08/16/16)
Only 35 years after the 1980's farm crisis, another storm seems to be brewing. Corn production is forecast by USDA to be up 11% from last year. This crop, possibly over 15 billion bushels will include a market-killing overhang of nearly a billion bushels. Corn exports are not performing well due to the strong US dollar, and all sectors of the livestock market are struggling...
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Islamic State: Abu Muhammad al-Adnani 'killed in Aleppo'
One of the longest-serving and most prominent leaders of so-called Islamic State, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, is killed in the Syrian province of Aleppo.
Truth tests
A plan to give Nigerian police recruits lie-detector tests is no guarantee of trustworthy officers, writes film-maker and columnist Farai Sevenzo.
New start?
BBC Mundo's Natalio Cosoy asks Colombians in the capital Bogota whether they think the peace agreement with the Farc rebels signals a new start for the country.
Against the odds
At the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Kenyan distance runner Henry Wanyoike won his first gold medal
Cotton v polyester
Why do some gym clothes smell so much worse than others after exercise?
Smack in the suburbs
Avon Lake is an upmarket suburb of a US city - but opiate addiction is tearing apart the fabric of the neighbourhood.
Naming the dead
Human rights researchers warn of a "devastating" lack of information for families of migrants who might have drowned in the Mediterranean.
Gossip column: Luiz, Wilshere, Alonso, Isco, Sissoko, Ighalo, Hendrick
David Luiz to return to Chelsea, Jack Wilshere receives 22 offers, Tottenham after Isco, West Brom to sign Odion Ighalo, plus more.
Singer Chris Brown's LA home searched 'after he pointed gun at woman'
Police in Los Angeles search the home of singer Chris Brown after receiving an emergency call from a woman.
Transfer deadline day: Who'll be busy, who won't and who will panic buy?
BBC Sport takes a look at a few big things to watch out for on 31 August, as clubs scramble to complete last-minute signings.
State news
Judge: no restraining order against Iowa pipeline protesters
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A federal judge has refused to issue a restraining order against Iowa protesters planning to risk arrest to stand against a Texas company building an oil pipeline across the land of unwilling farmers....
Iowa parents of toddler who shot self sentenced to probation
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- The parents of a Dubuque toddler who shot himself in the face have each been sentenced to five years of probation....
Regents seeks 2-year budget system with tuition increases
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The board that oversees Iowa's three public universities says it wants to use a new two-year budget system that would include some tuition increases....
Iowa fugitive who fled to Cuba gets 12 years in prison
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- An Iowa man who tried to escape prosecution on federal firearms charges by fleeing to Cuba has been sentenced to 12 years in prison....
Iowa at center of debate over 'shadow insurance' deals
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- For cash-strapped life insurance companies, the deal sounds almost too good to be true: A state law allows them to create complex financial instruments to transfer liabilities to new subsidiaries, instantly wiping huge debts off their books....