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Pat Kinney sheds new light on one of the bigger Iowa stories of the Vietnam War era, while Steph Copley bids adieu to her ‘hot girl’ summer. Our newest columnist in Davenport, Alison McGaughey, introduces an Iowa-based musician she loves, and Jeff Morrison reports on how the Lincoln Highway is at a crossroads.
Dave Busiek’s media column tackles the conflict between print deadlines and immediacy.
Art Cullen takes us to a Bruce Springsteen concert in his irascible way, while Beth Hoffman tells us about a different kind of ‘back street’ exchange. She and our food writer, Wini Moranville, have cooked up a plan for something on September 8 that you’ll want in on. And Wini introduces readers to a French-style wine bar in our backyard. John Naughton combines three crowd-pleasers: the fair, butter sculptures, and sports. And Nik Heftman has a video piece on a barber school.
Doug Burns writes a lovely essay on why he appreciates his home state and country.
In our Politics category, Ed Tibbetts writes about the possibility of Kim Reynolds endorsing in the GOP caucus; Cheryl Tevis tells us about a visit by Robert Kennedy, Jr. to Iowa decades ago. Who knew? Cheryl, that’s who. It’s fascinating. And in another look in Iowa’s rearview mirror, Richard Gilbert, Julie Gammack’s husband, weighs in on his popular take on former governor Robert D. Ray.
Dave Price hangs out with Trump supporters at the Fair.
Our talented poet, Suzanna de Baca, is sensitive to family issues.
Laura Belin writes the Dems have a possible Iowa Senate pickup with the announcement of a new candidate, Matt Blake, facing incumbent Brad Zaun, and sums up the caucus cattle call at the fair. While Barry Piatt offers his take on the former president’s cancellation of a press conference.
Water quality is becoming a key issue, and Julie Gammack introduces subscribers to the director of Lakeside Labs, Dr. Mary Skopec.
Sports columnist Rob Gray writes about muscle training.
And Macey Spensely’s getting married!
SH*T RICHARD SAYS (IN JULIE GAMMACK’S POTLUCK)
MARY SWANDER’S EMERGING VOICES
EMINENT DOMAIN UPDATE
SUZANNA DE BACA
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