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Sun editorial: A thanks to chief and his three decades of local public service
August 28, 2015
Mount Vernon's police chief, Mark Winder, has been a solid public servant for our community - the type of person who makes us proud of this place.

Living in Iowa: Candidate offers note of maturity
by Dan Brawner · August 28, 2015
15-year-old 'Deez Nuts' from Iowa is a candidate for president and polling at 9 percent

Musings: End of relaxing summer brings start to relaxing fall
by Jake Krob · August 28, 2015

Letters to the editor
August 28, 2015

Sun editorial: Election seasons well underway; time to engage with candidates
August 21, 2015
The question came quickly after our story earlier this month. "Why are so many people running?" one reader asked.

Living in Iowa: Marshmallows, mosquitos and the Perseid meteors made a night to remember
by Dan Brawner · August 21, 2015
When my friend Steve suggested last Friday that we stay up all night to watch the Perseid meteor shower, I was - shall we say - less than enthusiastic.

Principal explains bigger changes at Mount Vernon this year
by Steve Brand · August 21, 2015
The 2015-16 school year will be different for all students and staff. Our goal is to be innovative and creative while providing opportunities for students to feel socially and emotionally connected.

Musings: American adventure more simple for this family
by Jake Krob · August 21, 2015
With the AC buzzing in the background and the kids asleep nearby, I perused the pages of a book telling the story of quite an adventure. And I realized how our family's adventures differ greatly.

Sun editorial: Awards recognize what's best about the community
August 14, 2015
We too often take these volunteers for granted. The Community Development Group (CDG) makes sure we don't - its annual volunteer recognition is this coming Tuesday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon's Memorial Park.

Living in Iowa: DonMar Lanes burns - and with it, so many of our memories
by Dan Brawner · August 14, 2015
When I heard on Sunday that Mount Vernon's DonMar Lanes had burned, I was stunned. How could it be gone?

Letters to the Editor policy for school board elections
August 14, 2015

Letters to the editor
August 14, 2015

Musings: In midst of devastating fire, volunteers take charge
August 14, 2015
Our Mount Vernon-Lisbon firefighters are volunteers. And volunteers here don't just "give of their time" - they are fully invested. They do whatever it takes.

Sun editorial: Learning from Suki Cell: Strong opinions, but no harsh words
August 7, 2015
We ask people to think of those like Suki. She had strong opinions and shared them. But she didn't call names or speak badly about those who disagreed with her. We can all be more like that.

Living in Iowa: My giant pumpkin ate my cantaloupe - now I'm afraid to go near it
by Dan Brawner · August 7, 2015
The pumpkin I planted this spring has grown huge. After examining the monstrosity from a safe distance, my wife speculated that it is probably not a jack-o-lantern type, but an eating pumpkin.
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