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Monticello fourth graders think outside the classroom

Posted April 16, 2014 at 8:12 am

BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks

PHOTO: Kylee Van Dorn and Natalia Williams, Monticello fourth graders, came up with a project to raise money so every kid at Carpenter Elementary School can have an iPad. The girls feel that if they had iPads, they could do school work from home on snow days and not have to go to school into June. (Photo by Kim Brooks)
I frequent the Monticello Public Library quite often as a patron, a member of the Library Board, and as a place to spend some quiet time before City Council meetings on Monday nights. As I walked into the library this past Monday evening after work and before my meeting, I was immediately bombarded (in a good way) by two fourth graders.

“Are you the newspaper lady?”

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    BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks
    Growing up, and still today, I tell my younger sister, “You’ll thank me one day.”

    Well appropriately, I came across an article online stating “Things younger siblings don’t know their older siblings did for them.” This was my shot to prove to my sister that she really does owe me her life!

    As the older sibling, you are the one to act as your parents’ guinea pig. My sister and I are six years apart,

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    Monticello Express Editorial 
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    It takes many people to move forward, though: the people who live in the town, businesses willing to relocate and move or build here, and the city’s governing body (the city council). Decisions are made that affect all of these entities.

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    BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks
    As a member of Ignite: Jones County Young Professionals, I was proud to help bring an inspiring message to over 1,000 people here in Jones County last week!

    Last week, Ignite brought a silver Paralympic medalist in archery to Anamosa and Monticello. Matt Stutzman, who lives in Fairfield, Iowa, gave such a heartwarming, eye-opening message to so many children and adults. He left here making us proud to live in small-town Iowa.

    Matt arrived at

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    It’s Hollywood award season! So far the People’s Choice Awards, Golden Globes, Critic’s Choice Awards and SAG (Screen Actors’

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