Legislators welcome Lewis and Clark

Reps. Dan Huseman (R- Aurelia), John Wills (R- Spirit Lake), and Skyler Wheeler (R- Orange City) recently met with members of the Lewis and Clark Regional Water

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Rep. Skyler Wheeler, R-Orange City

On gun laws: Wheeler said he supports “stand your ground” legislation, which gives individuals broader leeway to use lethal force to protect themselves from perceived danger by, generally, removing the requirement an individual first attempt to retreat from potential harm.

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One of youngest Iowa lawmakers from Orange City


One of the state’s youngest lawmakers is from here in northwest Iowa.

Skyler Wheeler from Orange City was elected to District 4 at the age of 23.

He graduated from Northwestern College after moving to Siouxland from Washington State to play college baseball.

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LETTER: Stop funding for Planned Parenthood

Today, we need Christians to step up to the plate, in government and as taxpaying American citizens, to put the pressure on our elected officials to stop all funding to Planned Parenthood.

Everyone knows (or should know) about these undercover videos, and it just baffles me that there are still people defending this group and even advocating for the need for its existence. It begs the question: Is this the last straw that God has with America?

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Kooiker not seeking re-election in HD 4; Wheeler steps up


By Bob Eschliman


A Northwest Iowa member of the Iowa House of Representatives has announced he will not seek re-election in 2016. State Rep. John Kooiker (R-Boyden), who was just elected a year ago to fill a seat left open by the death of his friend, state Rep. Dwayne Alons, said Monday he wants to spend more time with his nine grandchildren.

Kooiker represents House District 4, which includes the cities of Sioux Center, Orange City, Rock Valley, Hull, Hawarden, Alton, Maurice, Granville, Ireton and Chatsworth. Kooiker served last session as vice chairman of the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Capitals Appropriations Subcommittee. He also served on the Labor, Local Government, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs committees.
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