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Sun Editorial: Hometown Teams exhibit a chance to celebrate history, especially Lion wrestling
February 22, 2018
This is a big, big deal. And now we'll be able to share it with thousands - in person.

Living in Iowa: 'If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian'
by Dan Brawner · February 22, 2018
There has been a lot of talk lately about transparency - in Congress, in law enforcement, in the media. But transparency has its dangers. Take Apple Park, for example.

Sunny Side: A bunny tale: Care, costs make Flopsy family
by Erica Dawson · February 22, 2018
Every so often, I encounter a slippery slope, only to realize that I've gone down that slope when I find myself at the bottom. Such was the case this past month when my family's pet rabbit got sick.

Musings: Pete helped create Renaissance culture here
by Jake Krob · February 22, 2018
There's a culture in this community. And people like the late Dick Peters created it.

Guest Column: LMVAS wishes you Happy Heart Month
by Lisbon Mount Vernon Ambulance Service · February 22, 2018
The first American Heart Month, which took place in February 1964, was proclaimed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Dec. 30, 1963.

Sun Editorial: Give a cheer for the arts: Music, drama, speech are hoppin' here
February 15, 2018
Celebrate what you do well. Use it to be even better. For Mount Vernon-Lisbon, that's the arts.

Living in Iowa: The tale of the poacher who, in the face of danger, kept his head
by Dan Brawner · February 15, 2018
I was talking with somebody from western Iowa this week who said they had mountain lions on their property. "I wish you would bring some out this way," I said, "so they could eat the deer."

Sunny Side: Holy bat, man: Experience shows what we're made of
by Trent Bowman · February 15, 2018
Every once in a while, it's good to be reminded what you're made of. Sometimes, it's a simple thing, like your wife waking you up in the morning, whisper-screaming, "There's a bat in the room!"

Musings: Lessons found in religious, holidays coinciding
February 15, 2018
Love and tomfoolery - the Christian calendar has them both this year. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, was Feb. 14. Yep, that's Valentine's Day. Easter, the holiest of holy days for Christians, is April 1. You got it, that's April Fool's Day.

Guest Column: House passes Education funding, budget adjustments for FY18
by Rep. Louie Zumbach · February 15, 2018
This week was a big week for K-12 education funding in the House. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the House passed a bill that added $32 million to K-12 education from the previous year. K-12 education funding is something House Republicans have kept as a priority by protecting schools and increasing funding by $765 million since 2011.

Sun editorial: In incredibly changing times, local newspapers remain strong in Iowa
February 8, 2018
We may be the 20th smallest state in the nation, but we're mighty when it comes to media.

Tip for gamblers: You cannot win a boxing match with a one-armed bandit
by Dan Brawner, Living in Iowa · February 8, 2018
On Jan. 27, Dion King of Mason City was at the Diamond Jo Casino in Worth County when he allegedly got into a heated altercation, during which Mr. King threw numerous punches and was subsequently arrested. The victim? An electronic slot machine.

Healthiest state plan: Check out MV-Lisbon!
by Jake Krob · February 8, 2018
It was a frigid December morning, well before dawn. I met sports writer Crystal Eskelsen at Gary's Foods. She already had a mile or more in. "Ready?" she asked. And off we went on a half-mile run.

We can be heroes: All can learn to wield power of an AED
by Crystal Eskelsen · February 8, 2018
Last week, I went to CPR training at the Lisbon-Mount Vernon Ambulance Service building, provided by the Rotary Club to help educate our community. I took the class because CPR is now required for high school coaches. The most exciting thing I came away with was an understanding of an AED (automated external defibrillator).

Sun Editorial: Garbage and parking: Find solutions for betterment of entire community
February 1, 2018
Garbage and parking. They aren't flashy issues like community centers and new auditoriums, but they are incredibly important to businesses.
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