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House File 2548

Apr 17, 2014 2:11pm

To the Editor:

A bill in the Iowa House, File 2548 has raised my level of concern regarding water issues in our state and the new voluntary “Nutrient Reduction Strategy Program” that is...

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I Was Just Thinking: A long way to go

Apr 17, 2014 1:16pm

It was April of 1966, two years after President Lyndon B. Johnson had signed the Civil Rights Act.

As a soldier with the U.S.Army, I had just been transferred from Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. ToFt...

Ray Harden

Nature’s View: Celebrating Earth Day

Apr 17, 2014 1:00pm

Tuesday, April 22, is Earth Day. This is a national day to reflect on the Earth’s environmental issues and think about what can be done to solve the some of the problems.

Rachel Carson’s...

Devon  Murphy-Petersen

What Are You Reading? …Taut thriller

Apr 17, 2014 12:16pm

Every now and again I enjoy a good thriller – preferably one so compelling that it’s impossible to put down. I found a good one last week in the new release, “The Accident” by Chris Pavone. The...

Health & Wellness: Diet and Physical Activity: What’s the cancer connection?

Apr 17, 2014 12:00pm

Except for quitting smoking, some of the most important things you can do to help reduce your cancer risk are: Get to a healthy weight and stay there. Be physically active on a regular basis. Make...

I Was Just Thinking: If only those walls could talk

Apr 10, 2014 12:01am

Many times during my 15 months of military duty in West Germany, my Army buddy, John, and I made a trip into downtown Nuremberg. Some of those trips were during duty hours, while many others were...

Arvid Huisman

Country Roads: Eb Griper on Facebook. You think?

Apr 10, 2014 12:01am

I saw a familiar rusty old pick-up truck in the coffee shop parking lot as I drove by. It was the ’50-something Studebaker driven by my grumpy old pal, Eb Griper.

Having not seen Eb in quite...

Ann Welch

Bits & Pieces: Welcoming wildlife to your backyard

Apr 10, 2014 12:01am

National Wildlife Federation offers several ways to encourage wildlife to visit your yard and garden this spring. Butterflies returning from winter migration are looking for food sources and...

Devon  Murphy-Petersen

What Are You Reading?: The Power of stories

Apr 10, 2014 12:00am

Neil Gaiman is a prolific author who has won numerous awards for his work. Although his article “Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading, and Daydreaming” is one of the very best things I’ve...

LeeAnne Opie

Ready, Set, Retire: What is your next step?

Apr 10, 2014 12:00am

As you consider downsizing to make a retirement move, you have made a list of pros and cons for each type of housing level, from a smaller home to a townhome, condo, loft, or retirement community...

Health & Wellness: Public Health Week kicks off

Apr 03, 2014 12:01am

Dallas County Public Health Week 2014 runs April 7 through April 13. This year the focus is on encouraging families and communities to be physically active, as well as eating healthy foods such as...


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