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I took my grandson to our house to deliver him from the boredom of being out of school for the ninth time this winter. We had lunch and then started flipping channels, landing on the History Channel’s newest treasure hunt show called “The Curse of Civil War Gold,” which I find out in watchin…

I watched most of what turned out to be an unremarkable Super Bowl. Other than Gladys Knight hitting the National Anthem out of the park, the entire production was pretty much a yawner.

Well, first of all, I want to thank all of you who have prayed for, and or in any way at all, helped pay tribute to my dad, David Grimes, or reach out to our family at his passing. I placed a thank you ad in Tuesday’s paper but wanted to thank you all again. The service was beautiful. He wou…

THERE IS SOMETHING desperately wrong with a segment of American culture when women stand up as if they were in a charismatic healing service, hands raised to the sky, cheering at the signing of a bill by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow abortion of healthy babies right up until the moment…

In 15 years of writing columns for you, never have I had as heavy a heart in writing one as I do today. I have written about many joyous things, many controversial things, and a few sad things along the way. I have always spoken from my heart and endeavored to stay true to the Word. Today, h…

Last week, as I was on the verge of typing my column, my 101-year-old dad, David Grimes, had to be rushed to the Monroe County Hospital with breathing problems that, to me, seemed to be developing a couple of days before, only to really increase as I checked on him Wednesday morning.

My kids bought me a Fitbit wristwatch the first Christmas after my heart attack two years ago and I wear it and consult it religiously. Typically, I can make that golden 10,000 steps a day and if I miss, my steps are nearing the 8,000 level. I have no idea who came up with 10,000 steps creat…

I got to thinking about sports and kids and teams that enjoy success (in terms of score) and suffer failure. If you play sports long enough, your body will fail, at least in terms of what you did at 18 compared to what you can do at 28 or 68. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to keep pla…

Editor’s note: Richard Grimes is taking a break this week to care for his 101-year-old father, David, who is ill. He asks for prayers.

Well, today I want to say a few things that I believe point to the moral abyss America has fallen into and to remind all of us that all signs point to the soon coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I’m admitting to a bit of a football watching hangover this week. I was extremely careful through most of the holiday season, watching only games of intimate interest…Iowa State, Iowa, the first rounds of the NCAA final four, turning off Notre Dame when Clemson started to pound them but keep…

The question facing all newspaper columnists as one year ends and another begins, is do you look backwards and judge history as a way to learn (all who fail to understand history are destined to repeat it) or do you look ahead with New Years resolutions and all sorts of goals in store.

I don’t know what possessed me to offer to cook the turkey for Christmas dinner this year. Clearly it had something to do with receiving an electric smoker for my birthday last July, spending a day in July assembling it and then using it to shelve fishing lures and dog food cans.

Hey, hope you all had a blessed Christmas. I did and was so grateful to spend it with folks. You know, Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus but there is an interesting happening that happens after the birth of Jesus but which is so important to look at.

I don’t know how many times I’ve reprinted this story I first wrote almost 40 years ago. It is a memory I have, not just of my father (who passed two Christmases ago) and how we were raised in our little farming community, but the lessons I learned about the power of giving.

Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law is before a judge as Planned Parenthood and other pro-death groups attempt to prove it is unconstitutional. I won’t even guess how this judge will rule. If he’s like most other left-leaning judges on the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the law will be turn…

Christmas is less than two weeks away. Wow. I have told you that I have a very different view of it this year. The house isn’t decorated as usual, not as many carols have been listened to, some of the missions things I usually do have been on hold. My dad's being in the care center and my mo…

I like Drake University. I have incredible memories of a daughter competing in the Drake Relays and in the state track meet. My fondness for the university located in a very tough part of Des Moines goes back to 1969 when Maury John took his Bulldog basketball team to the height of national …

Interesting week as we move ever closer to Christmas. The death of former president, George H.W. Bush, was a major story and caused many Americans to ponder just how special this man was, and to yearn for those old days again. Many alive today have no concept of just who Ronald Reagan and Ge…

This Saturday, the Albia Victorian Stroll takes place. I hope you are able to attend this wonderful community event with so many wonderful things to see and do to officially kick off the Advent, Christmas season.

A very weird thing happened on the way to finding the funeral arrangements for one of my late mother’s best friends and the mom of one of my high school classmates.

Democrats are left scratching their heads over the shellacking they took from rural counties in Iowa in the governor’s race, in the state senate and largely in the Iowa House. They can’t seem to figure out why looking at the electoral map of the United States, over 90 percent of counties vot…

Thanksgiving is next week and I will be sharing some tidbits and thoughts in conjunction with that but today, a hint of something that has an element of Thanksgiving theme in it.

I’M WRITING THIS before election results on Tuesday night, so I don’t know who is going to be controlling the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, the Iowa House, Senate and Governor’s office and local government.

Sunday is Veterans’ Day. It is a day where we are to salute all veterans. As an aside, I want to remind you of the wonderful program at the Civic Center in Des Moines this Sunday where the Iowa Military Veterans’ Band will be doing a major free concert. You might remember their outstanding c…

Everybody ought to have a six-year-old boy in their lives, whether it is child, grandchild or neighbor kids. Mine happens to be my grandson and unless he is terrorizing a cat or in a bad mood, he makes me laugh.

Lots of soup suppers and the like going on this time of year which really help area churches. Hope you can attend as many as possible. Iconium Soup and Oyster Supper is this Saturday night beginning at 4 and do not forget the Albia St. Mary’s election day dinner on Tuesday. All of the area e…

I really don’t spend a lot of time considering conspiracies. It’s not a show I watch on the History Channel or American Heroes Channel when they’ve got little else to televise. Pulling off a conspiracy is way too complicated for like 99 percent of the population.

Have you ever heard someone called hard hearted? Have you ever seen someone who was just plain stubborn, I mean stubborn beyond belief? I bet you have. I have and I hope it has never been applied to any of you. There are people in our world who are obstinate and hardheaded. God calls it some…

WHY? Need I say that this one three letter word is probably one of the most used words in the world? We ask it to our kids, our spouses, personal and environmental crises, and in relation to events that happen anywhere and on and on it goes. It reveals our frustrations, our perplexities, our…

When you wander through a summer of semi-drought and then over a month of near constant rainfall, it’s easy to forget how beautiful Iowa weather can be. On the one clear day last week, my wife and I found ourselves driving to Osceola to see a junior high volleyball match, the colors were beg…

STRESS. UGH! A dreaded word. Everyone has stress from time to time. My good friend and late doctor James Mincks, of Bloomfield, once told me that stress, physically, has to come out somewhere, i.e. IBS, ulcers, headaches, cardio, etc., etc. Stress is bad stuff and Christians are not immune t…

It’s really humorous how the left wing media in the United States spins it when Donald Trump keeps campaign promises or has some other national policy successes. And there’s actually been quite a few, which makes MSNBC, CBS, NBC, CBS, the New York Times, Washington Post, Des Moines Register …

Well, welcome to Fall! A few points today for thought. First of all, keep my mom and dad, Gladys and David, in prayer. They will be 100 and 101 in a month. They are still at home, despite my best efforts to do something different and better. Parents do, trust me, have trouble ever adjusting …

Like most Americans, I didn’t watch the Emmy Awards. But I did read a story covering the winners and I can say with complete honesty and no small measure of pride, I hadn’t seen a single show.

It could be that I’ve been staggered the past week or so by the loss of three great old friends. It could be that I grew mold on my brain prior to this week and the sun coming back out. But merciful heaven, we do live in depressing times.

Editor’s note: Following the passing of Contributing Editor and Columnist Janet Jenkins, we’re sort of feeling our way around her absence on the editoral page. We had some series of Church Page articles to run today and felt moving Rich Grimes from his usual spot to the editorial page was a …

There was a picture of Tristin Wirfs in the Des Moines Register Tuesday, announcing that he would be back with the University of Iowa team after getting drunk and being arrested for OWI, trying to take two other guys home on a motor scooter. They drew the attention of police because they wer…

Often times in writing, in TV and movies and in conversation, rain (particularly in excess) has negative connotations.

Asa became diseased in the feet, and his malady was severe, yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord. 2 Chronicles 16:12

I was happy to return home from seven days in Alaska just to read a newspaper again. I grabbed the Seattle Times a minute after I walked off the boat, found a Denver Post at the Denver Airport and started flipping through the Des Moines Registers I had missed while I was gone.

Today, I want to digress a bit and deal with two items of relevance, I believe, faith and values. About one week ago, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, made the comment, in an effort to placate his supporters, that America was never great. This was to counter punch the slogan by Donald…

YOU CAN SORT OF get lost in the shuffle of big community celebrations, if you don’t force yourself to slow down and look, not only at the booths and the attractions and the food vendors, but talk to the people behind the booths, or operating the attractions, or serving up the pancakes and te…

WELSH MINERS IN IOWA is not news to those of us who live in Southern Iowa’s  coalfields. In Monroe County and others adjoining, we have the remains of once-vibrant mining camps, now mainly populated by the cemeteries of those who once lived there. Buxton even has one building remnant from  i…

First of all, thank you to the Albia Chamber of Commerce for selecting me to be numbered among the Albia Hall of Fame. I am honored and humbled by your selection. In many ways, I feel that I am only a custodian of such an award. Countless individuals past and present, have labored and given …