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News

Guest opinion from the Iowa House

DES MOINES– On Monday morning, January 12th, I was sworn in as your State Representative for the next two years. I am deeply grateful to have this opportunity to serve, and I am humbled by the challenges currently facing Iowa and the new General Assembly. In this space, over the next two years, I will attempt to update you as to my activities as your State Representative, my legislative goals, and the week-to-week developments in the Iowa Legislature and State Government.

Deere to be different

NORTH LIBERTY–The west end of Lininger Lane will see additional development this spring.
City Tractor Company, Inc., a dealership which sells and services lawn and commercial worksite equipment– largely of the John Deere brand– submitted a commercial site plan for approval by the North Liberty City Council on Tuesday, Jan. 13.
The plan calls for a 12,400 sq. ft. building which will house a showroom, offices, shop and storage space, as well as a 4,800 sq. ft. storage building to be located on the northwest corner of Penn Court and Lininger Lane.

Guest Opinion from the Iowa Senate

DES MOINES–The 2009 legislative session convened on Monday, Jan. 12.
One thing was immediately clear to every Republican and Democratic state legislator: the deepening national recession will make this session very challenging.
The nation’s economy is not good, and it’s not getting better. Even though the Iowa economy and our state budget are in much better shape than most states, we are still sharing the national pain.

VanderPol's career cut short

IOWA CITY– There has been some sad news from the women’s basketball team, as Nicole VanderPol is calling it a career.
The 6-2 senior has been fighting injuries for most of her time at Iowa and the latest, poor circulation in her leg which gives her numbness, has made her decision to finish the season on the bench supporting her teammates.
I talked to her at the hospital when the women’s basketball team visited the children and she said she was done playing.

Bonnie R. Williams

Bonnie R. Williams, 73, of Marion, died Jan. 13, 2009, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City after a short illness. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 16, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories in Cedar Rapids. Visitation was held Jan. 15 at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home in Cedar Rapids. Private inurnment was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery, Meditation Wall.

Iowa Wrestlers beat Oklahoma State

IOWA CITY– Nine straight losses to the Cowboys doesn’t sound right so the Hawkeyes, wrestling without two starters, won six matches and righted the wrong with a 20-13 win over the Cowboys.
I don’t know if head coach Tom Brands will be happy with four matches decided by less than three points but there is still time to improve.
I suppose you have to give Oklahoma State a little credit for keeping it close.
They used a smaller mat, which Mark Ironside (radio color man for Iowa) called a “junior high mat”.