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Art Cullen

Art Cullen

Art Cullen is editor of the Storm Lake Times Pilot, where this column appears. Please consider a subscription to the Times Pilot or a tax-deductible donation to the Western Iowa Journalism Foundation. He is a member of the Iowa Writers' Collective. Subscribe to Art Cullen's Notebook here.

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The bicoastal view does not match rural reality

By: - September 8, 2022

Storm Lake is 150 miles from the Iowa Capitol and 240 miles from the major leagues, and we have two electric vehicles. So this headline in The New York Times caught our attention: “You want an electric car with a 300-mile range? When was the last time you drove 300 miles?” Clearly, the headline writer […]

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Dead carp and institutional credibility

By: - August 26, 2022

Thousands of carp washing ashore stinks. It draws flies and suspicions. Why just young carp? The tests came back saying herpes was killing them. It was too much for me to resist: “Cause of death: HERPES” read the headline in a funereal black box draped over a photo of a carp belly up in our green […]

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Iowa is the thumping heart of the Midwest

By: - August 17, 2022

So Iowa is the most Midwestern of places, The Washington Post discovered. Who’da thunk? The data journalists took a side trip from wildfires and shootings after stumbling upon Air BnB collections of how their hosts described their place. If you talk walleyes or tater tot casseroles a lot, it speaks Midwestern. We talk about these […]