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Your Jordan City Council voted on Aug. 5 to spend up to $9,000 to hire a consultant to conduct a survey about whether Jordan’s salary structure is competitive with other cities. They chose a Chicago-based firm called Baker Tilley, part of a three-way combination with municipal advisory firms…

On Thursday evening, Aug. 8, after a week in California (the land of liberal failures), I returned and picked up the Jordan Independent. It is fun to get some local news, updates on the community and the county. I was drawn to the editorial section and read the column offered by Peggy Jo Dunnette.

It was interesting to read the discussion about the proposed homeless shelter. The shelter will address the needs of the people who are already homeless in Carver and Scott counties. While there are certainly pros and cons to the proposal, I was surprised to read that Jordan City Council mem…

I’d just gotten out of the car at Radermacher’s, the hub and the heartbeat of Jordan’s food needs. Another shopper had just exited her car, too, and she glanced down at my bumper. She flashed a grateful smile and gave me a nervous thumbs up. I’ve been making my own signs for decades and this…

As a sexual assault advocate for the Sexual Violence Center, I get the honor to work with victim/survivors of sexual assault on a daily basis and be witness to their strength/bravery. When I read the front page of your newspaper it gave me chills in the worst way.

This is to "thank and recognize" the Good Samaritan from Carver who came to my rescue on Friday, July 12 at 4:45 in the afternoon traffic on the Carver road. I was returning home to Jordan after a chiropractic treatment and heard an unusual car noise. I stopped at the bottom of the hill and …

“The Wizard of Oz” is one of my all-time favorite movies. What terror as Dorothy is swept away from a farm in Kansas in a tornado and what a surprise when she lands in a magical place and is greeted by new friends. How delightful and challenging as they all embark on a quest to meet with a w…

Rep. Tony Albright is one of the few politicians I like and respect. He takes the time to write summaries for the Jordan Independent, and he’s not above trading good-natured ribbing. I agree with him on most issues.

We are again so grateful. The Jordan Post Office letter carriers would like to thank the residents for an outstanding food drive. Many things made it a success. Jordan residents were very generous with their donations. The volunteers worked hard collecting and organizing the donations under …

I spent a career trying to figure out what was important to customers. I dealt with engineers who thought that their fully digital widget would sell itself. I dealt with sales people who said their customers were clamoring for the hyperbole-infused widget we didn’t make. And I dealt with cus…

Mayor Tanya Velishek, in a commentary in the Jordan Independent wrote, “Everyone has the right of speech as well as the right of their opinion, but when it comes to slander, non-facts, and untrue statements, it can persuade the community and others to believe a perspective that is not correc…

The Jordaness Lions held their annual Fish Fry on March 15. There was lots of great fish and tasty desserts. It was a huge success and the Jordaness Lions would like to thank the community for their wonderful support and invite you all back next year.

4:30 a.m. The raw end of a half-baked sleep. I was not yet living in Scott County so I had about an hour’s drive to the farm. The cool September sky was beginning to brighten as I arrived alone at the quiet stable and slid open the tall barn door. Sounds of hooves brushing against hay. Horse…

Air is all around us. We feel this air in everything we do, and it’s moving right now through your nose, into your lungs and back out. This air makes up the skin of our planet. Our planet’s skin is thinner comparatively than the skin of an apple. From your backyard, it may look infinite, but…

If I was considering boarding my horse at a stable, I'd want to find out everything I could about how it was being run. If there was a report that had been written about it, I'd want to know what it said. I wouldn't be content with a four-page summary written by a person hired by the stable …

It’s March, which means it’s state tournament time! It also signals that we’re deep into session, the governor has put forth his budget request, and the House is busy hearing a large number of bills, which has offered all interested the opportunity for a lively debate.

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