Chronicle Staff

05/17/2016 - 12:30pm
Primary pregame      Though some Iowans are still nursing their hangovers from caucus season, we’ve got more hot political action coming down the pike: The June 7 primary election.      The local ballot features a few contested races on the GOP side. As you’ve probably noticed on yard signs across the county, Linn Larson and Rick Rieken will...
05/10/2016 - 11:25am
Oh, so close      The entire region missed out on a huge opportunity last week when the Mason City City Council failed to pass a development agreement with Prestage Foods. Though the company’s plans for a $240 million pork processing facility in north Iowa are now dead, so too are any hopes of immediate economic expansion...
05/03/2016 - 1:52pm
A wall worth building      Recent developments at the Hampton Public Library sent ripples through the community after the building’s famous curved brick wall was deemed unfixable. Ongoing renovations intended to repair a bulge in the wall were halted, and the project was left in limbo as officials scrambled to find...
04/26/2016 - 3:14pm
DOT budget backtracks on past promises        A plan that would cut nearly $10 million from the Iowa Department of Transportation’s budget is a slap in the face to previous work targeting our state’s lagging infrastructure system.      House Republicans last week proposed a budget that does...
04/19/2016 - 4:16pm
Passing on progress        Despite initial optimism for a productive year, the Iowa Legislature stalled on a few key topics recently as the session inched toward adjournment.      Things like water quality funding and medicinal cannabis oil expansion seemed poised to fail early this week due to a lack...
04/12/2016 - 3:20pm
Complicating the convention        This year’s unpredictable election cycle seems poised to become even more convoluted when Republicans gather for the 2016 National Convention later this summer.      The GOP, already troubled by inter-party turmoil and voter unrest, is headed towards its first...
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