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I never viewed baseball legend Henry Aaron as a civil rights icon. In the late 1950s and 1960s, when Aaron was hitting home runs and chasing fly balls for the Milwaukee Braves, I compared him to Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Mickey Mantle — other hard-hitting outfielders at the time — not w…

When ground was broken in December on the 95,000 square-foot senior living community, called Fieldstone of DeWitt, it was a bright spot for the end of the year. The project is dedicated to enhancing life for the community’s senior population, and it will bring a new model for standard care t…

Editor’s note: Emma Ketelsen is a senior at Northeast High School job shadowing The Observer editor Nick Joos for this semester as part of Northeast’s school-to-work program. 

Through the years, the Iowa Legislature has chosen an official state flower and a state bird. There’s also a state tree and even an official rock.

Gift card scams accounted for some serious cash losses to area residents in recent weeks, and further losses were only prevented by alert retail clerks. 

Should the Republican Party of Iowa be prohibited from discrimination against Democrats in its hiring practices? Should the NRA’s local chapter be forced to hire a gun-control advocate who otherwise qualifies for the job? Should presidential candidates running in the Iowa caucuses run afoul …

A cord of red oak firewood, fresh cut and green, can weigh over 5,000 pounds. That’s estimating moisture content at 40-45%. Give it six months to a year to dry under a roof and it will be almost 1,400 pounds lighter.

Authorities in Jones and Dubuque counties each reported seniors falling victim to the grandparent scam on Jan. 26, with the criminals coming to the homes of the victims to collect the “bond money” needed to spring grandchildren from jail. The victim in Jones County lost $14,000, while the vi…

As school started up again earlier this month, I have noticed an increase in engagement of family therapy services with the clients I have seen. Whether this be due to remote learning, working from home, being in the same space with one another for the large part of the past year, or a combi…

Two different Clinton residents came within moments of losing tens of thousands of dollars in two separate elaborately structured tech support scams last week. 

We have a crisis of credulity in this country. We’ve become a nation of dupes. The inability of far too many Americans to separate fact from fantasy, and the people who are eager to take advantage of that failure, are the root of the rot in our country.

Economic stimulus payments authorized by legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by the president on Dec. 27, started direct depositing into banks accounts on Dec. 29. 

This new little person in my arms doesn’t care about riots in Washington, vaccines, or Iran’s missile threat. A pox upon them, she might say. She’s intent on filling her tummy, then filling her diaper, and she has already gained a pound, thrilling all of us who in contrast wish we could lose…

Last Wednesday, a mob incited by President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol during a joint session of Congress convened to carry out the task of certifying the results of the Nov. 3 general election. The loss of five lives and the desecration to “the people’s house,” our highest institu…

As I sit at my kitchen table writing this, I look up from my keyboard frequently to watch the legions of birds gathering at one of the four feeders my husband keeps filled just outside our sliding glass doors. Against the frosty white backdrop, the cardinals are brilliant, but the blue jays,…

Across the classroom you hear the phone ring. Everyone turns their heads to look at the teacher as they pick up the phone. Students quietly and anxiously wait to find out what the call is about. 

I write about imposters in this space in almost every edition. Those imposters take the form of grandchildren, tech support specialists, Social Security agents, IRS agents, and people wanting to award millions in sweepstakes winnings. 

Now that the contentious elections are behind us, we have difficult choices to make. The United States of America has crumbling, outdated infrastructure and an antiquated energy system. We need a massive public works project to employ 10 million people who lost jobs due to coronavirus. Rebui…

I love Christmastime for many reasons — the lights, cheesy Lifetime movies, and cozy feel of it all spent with family. My favorite reason is carrying out the Christmas traditions my family has always held.

Now that the signs are up announcing the Fieldstone of DeWitt senior living community, and site work has begun, it is time to update everyone on the activity and work that have taken place over the last year. 

My last column — the tribute to Pastor Redal — brought an early Christmas present. His son, Mark, sent me a CD collection of the hymns the Redal family recorded: Beautiful and moving!

Last week I thumbed my nose at viruses and votes and decided the disarray in the country was not going to put a damper on celebrating Christmas. My husband dutifully dragged the boxes labeled “tree” and “Christmas” up from the basement, and we engaged in the annual ritual of which branches g…

Recently, I headed to Lost Nation to winterize the old Gilroy place. I looked around as I left. The old gal needs a paint job, but that will have to wait until spring, likewise the front porch roof. 

With all of the frustrations, the tragedies and the maddening political chaos that have been with us this year, I have the perfect recipe for our Thanksgiving celebrations.

Many of you reading this probably received a fake check delivered to you. You either recognized outright it was a fake, or when you took it to the bank, they refused to take it, or warned you not to take out the proceeds of the deposit until the check cleared (which it didn’t). 

COVID has created unthinkable challenges for our entire world to navigate. Small businesses as a group have been hit especially hard. Our community is filled with a variety of small businesses that need your support! On behalf of the DeWitt Chamber & Development Company, I encourage you …