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Ann Cochran Health Navigation Coordinator, Dallas County Public Health

Bet you didn’t know

Dec 17, 2014 12:56pm

So it turns out that we have one more thing to be concerned about regarding our young people. In some very interesting research by the University of Connecticut, it’s been found that children as...

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Ann Welch


Dec 08, 2014 4:16pm

I recently saw the film “Interstellar” and I have to say it is still on my mind. I think I can say a bit about it without giving away too much.

The story revolves around a planet Earth that...

Bill Haglund

It’s always best to stay focused on the task at hand

Dec 04, 2014 10:00am

My friend, Rich, and I were among a handful of “outcasts” during the time we spent with the 94th Civil Affairs Group at Fort Gordon, just outside Augusta, Ga., during the summer of 1966.


Pictured, left to right: Scott Finneseth, Steve Sohn, and Joe Warnock.  PHOTO BY RAY HARDEN

Pheasant hunting: A good walk in the fields

Dec 03, 2014 10:00am

When I got out of my car Otis and Sadie, Joe Warnock’s two golden retrievers, greeted me with enthusiasm, they licked my hand, rubbed against me, and sniffed legs. They seemed to know that we were...

Arvid Huisman

Trivial matters: the Master of Minutiae

Dec 01, 2014 12:41pm

Thirty-five years ago this December the world was introduced to a new board game called Trivial Pursuit. Though I have an aversion to most board games, I love this one. See, that’s my problem ̶ my...

Ann Cochran Health Navigation Coordinator with Dallas Co. Public Health

Dallas Co. Board of Health working toward goals

Dec 01, 2014 12:35pm

Your tax-supported county public health agency is constantly working toward its goal: Healthy people in safe, healthy communities and environments.

Here in Dallas County, a Board of Health,...

Devon Murphy-Petersen

Wild explanation

Dec 01, 2014 12:33pm

Twenty years ago Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book “Into the Wild” purportedly told the story of Chris McCandless’ trek into the Alaskan wilderness and his death by starvation only four months...

Elder financial abuse

Dec 01, 2014 12:32pm

To the editor:

The news article on the “Iowan who stole from war veteran given probation” (Des Moines Register, Nov. 26) was very disturbing. The Eldora war veteran, Jim Ruby, was a close...

Benghazi – give it up, there’s nothing there

Dec 01, 2014 12:31pm

To the editor:

Will the Republicans’ irrational obsession with Benghazi ever end? The House Republican controlled Intelligence Committee investigating Benghazi, the attack on the US...

Ray Harden

Osage orange: natural pest control

Nov 27, 2014 1:00am

Every fall Osage oranges or hedge apples are found in some supermarkets in the produce section, but they are not edible. They are sold for decoration and to repel insects. These softball sized...

Ray Harden

Iowa’s wild turkeys

Nov 19, 2014 10:00am

Turkey hunting season opened October 13th and runs until the fifth of December. Iowa hunters took to the woods dressed in camouflage gear and calling turkeys near their blinds, hoping to put an...


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