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Eminent domain (!), lots of food recommendations, politics, and one of us bought a tombstone
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A roundup of columns written by individual members of the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative appears on Sunday mornings. Each writer has his or her independent column using the Substack platform. The collaborative association is an informal referral to one another, providing readers with trusted recommendations by professional Iowa writers. We give you a sampling of columns in this space and hope you choose to not only read further but subscribe to those you like and want to follow and support.
Don’t miss the well-reported post written by Cheryl Tevis, who brings home the reality of what Iowas are facing with the threat of their land being forced from them through eminent domain usurpation. And subscribe to her column while you’re at it. This writer who spent years with Successful Farming magazine, articulates issues not covered elsewhere to the degree she does. And they matter.
Mary Swander bought her tombstone, and the ensuing story is fascinating.
What’s more ‘Iowa’ than Chuck Offenburger and an Iowa State Fair cinnamon roll judging contest? Not much. Read his fun story. As for food, Iowa Writers’ Collaborative member and dining critic Wini Moranville has a guest column by Fern and Joe, who take us on a delightful tour of Ames restaurant haunts. Fern and Joe write a popular column as part of the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative, too. Moranville will be a Monday Zoom lunch guest for Julie Gammack’s Potluck subscribers tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. central. Join in! And Outdoors columnist Larry Stone shares the bounty of food grown on the land he listens to.
More foodstuff from John Naughton, who will cause some to point the car toward Cerro Gordo County to try the walleye at a restaurant in Ventura (and more).
Hola Iowa features a story by Juan Fourneau about a fitness expert in Muscatine with over 200,000 social media followers.
Our newest columnist in the Quad Cities discovered a read-in that turned into a protest of banned books in a local library. Alison McGaughey was there.
In our Sports category, Kurt Meyer hits the proverbial ball out of the park. It’s not a column about Iowa baseball, but our man from St. Ansgar takes you on a road trip of sorts, savoring America’s pastime.
Politics. Can’t avoid it. In fact, Iowa plays a critical role in the selection of the GOP candidate for president. Laura Belin writes about how she sees Nikki Haley as playing a ‘long game,’ and has an analysis of The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll, conducted by J. Ann Selzer.
Art Cullen is hot under the collar and everywhere else. Only he ties it together in his way, always a must-read.
Our political observer in Washington D.C. Barry Piatt, had a gallery seat to political sausage-making through his years as a Capitol Hill press secretary. Today, he opines about another mass shooting and the predicted response from Iowa’s congressional delegation.
Robert Leonard teases us a bit with snippets of a column of his that ran in the Kansas City Star this week. Read it for the content, of course, and a chuckle about not getting the word ‘dumbassary’ past an editor.
Macey Spensley likes to read and has some recommendations.
And Pat Kinney catches us up with what former congressman Dave Nagle, D-Waterloo is thinking these days about Iowa politics.
Here is Jeff Morrison’s excellent report on a Tama bridge project. This story about a historic part of the transcontinental Lincoln Highway is a thought-provoking look at how local competing interests collide. Stories and commentary such as Morrisons, drive home the importance of the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative mission.
DEI - What is it and why is it important? Doug Burns has an answer.
THE IOWA ANGLE
Iowa Writers’ Collaborative subscriber Kathi Zimpleman offers her second dispatch from Hawaii with insights into how the islands are reeling from devasting wildfires. Find it in Julie Gammack’s Potluck.
Ah, it’s back to school time with our poet, Suzanna de Baca.
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