Pictures from our holiday party, and stories about Feenstra, Ernst, Lear, and more
...breaking news from Laura Belin, and a disturbing trend reported by Arnold Garson
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Please welcome our newest member, Vicki Minor, editor of the Winterset Madisonian, who offers a humor column, Relatively Minor. And, from the Quad Cities, Tory Brecht promises to write about the Hawkeyes, yet this week's column tells of an interview with a cat psychic. Two fine additions to our roster!
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Kyle Munson summed up the holiday party in his column posted this week. You’ll also be able to watch a video clip from the event. He’s a pro and not only reports about the party but is a master storyteller in the process.
Usually, the Roundup column features poetry by Suzanna de Baca as the anchor to this weekly summary of posts. We will switch it up today to take you to the opening poem she composed honoring the members of this group: The Local Beat. It was read by veteran radio broadcaster Robert Leonard.
Those who attended the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative’s holiday party last Thursday could sample the grass-fed beef raised by Beth Hoffman and her husband, John Hogeland, on Whippoorwill Creek Farm. This week's column, Market Melancholy, gives her audience an idea of the severe obstacles in selling livestock today.
We had such a great time; we’ll be doing this again more than once a year. All you need to do to be invited is to become a paid subscriber of any of our writers.
Politics, Issues, and Solutions
Ed Tibbetts continues to find and report on shenanigans in the Quad Cities. Don’t they know Ed is watching?? Scott County Supervisors violate the law. [editors note: this is why local journalism matters]
Dave Price reports on Faith, Family, and the Feenstras, an event featuring presidential candidates in Sioux City.
Arnold Garson writes: The number of documented cases of anti-Semitism in America – harassment, vandalism, assault, and even murder – has tripled over the past seven years. His column gives eye-opening context to the past and present.
Senator Joni Ernst choked on a piece of pork, and Art Cullen wrote a column about her retelling of the story.
Batch and Billed? What’s that? Read Chris Jones from this week.
What’s working, and what can be better? Asks Kali White VanBaale about the 988 Mental Health Hotline.
Veteran broadcaster Dave Busiek weighs in on Cabinet pick observations.
Kurt Meyer spills the tea as to why he’ll be drinking tea on December 16.
Pat Kinney visited our newest Iowa Writers’ Collaborative member on the Meskwaki Settlement and filed this profile of poet/writer Ray Youngbear for his column, From Cedar Valley. Youngbear’s column is coming soon.
Hola Iowa has a story about a program reuniting immigrants with family members. Christina Fernández-Morrow.
Robert Leonard introduces readers to a local Bardic poet, with audio clips included.
Douglas Burns has other interesting Substack columns to recommend. Find out why this reporter has discovered them and why you might like it.
For a change of perspective, check out what Macey Shofroth learned through an experiential exercise she shares with readers.
News you can use around the holidays: Cheryl Tevis celebrates enterprising local businesses in the rural area where she lives.
Council Bluffs is in Jeff Morrison’s line of sight in this week’s contribution.
Mary Swander posts a story titled, the Gaman Mittens, in her Emerging Voices column written by Susan Strawn, author of Knitting America: A Glorius History from Warm Socks to High Art.
Julie Gammack knew the late, great television producer/director Norman Lear, who died last week. She reminisces about Lear’s relationship with Iowa.
Wini Moranville offers great food-gift ideas from Iowa producers and purveyors, and Nik Heftman has a video story about a Black-owned watch business. John Naughton weighs in with an Iowa angle to Christmas music standards.
Coming to Carthage
If you’re from Carthage, Illinois, as our Inquisitive Quadcitizen is, you’ll want to know about some ‘big news.’ Allison McGaughey.