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August 20, 1884

The right of the people of Iowa and parts of Iowa to petition legislative bodies has been solemnly abrogated by the Grand Council of the incorporated town of Redfield, Iowa, in solemn council assembled. At their regular meeting last week a petition was presented to them signed by 38 voters of the town asking that only four meetings be held each year instead of 12. Four of the councilmen “got hot,” wrote out and handed in their resignations. While we do not go much on the petition, yet we do say it was treating their constituents with a good degree of contempt and showed a very babyish act on the part of men.

August 22, 1894

The recent showers have not only freshened all kinds of vegetation, but they have been largely instrumental in suppressing the croak of the grumblers. There was a great danger of we farmers developing into chronic grumblers. At any time during the recent drought, if one were to listen to a group of farmers on the street and then go examine their fields thoroughly, they must come to the conclusion that they had a fair prospect of getting at least as much as they deserved.

August 28, 1914

Last Thursday night, George M. Anderson and J.S. O’Mallery, two Perry policemen, got into a quarrel during which Anderson shot O’Mallery, the balls taking effect on the left arm and another on the chest, making a slight wound only. The shooting followed a fist fight between the two men and this seems to have been the culmination of a former quarrel.

August 25, 1943

From “Around the Town” by Scott Snyder: “Rained last night. Rained like the dickens, if dickens ever rained. Big arguments this morning about the amount. Just to settle the dispute, here’s the lowdown. Rain guage at the power plant registered exactly two inches. It doesn’t lie. Neither does Ralph DeCamp, who checked it.”

August 22, 1979

Local school officials, bus drivers, parents and students are likely to experience some confusing moments throughout the coming school year as a result of an attorney general’s opinion last June. The opinion, requested after two school bus-truck accidents in fog last year, said Iowa law prohibits school buses from stopping to pick up or discharge students when the driver has less than 300 feet of visibility due to weather conditions. Iowa law states that school bus drivers must have 300 feet of visibility but the law has always been interpreted to refer to hills, trees and other objects.

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