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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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Bill Haglund

Veterans’ Day a time to reflect on those who serve(d)

Nov 13, 2014 10:44am

To many, November 11 is just another day. To American military veterans, however, it’s a day to remember our own military service, a service we gave to our country.

There are a number of...

Arvid Huisman

A relaxing pursuit

Nov 13, 2014 10:43am

When folks learn that I have no hobbies some can be critical. “You need a hobby,” they say, “to keep busy and to stay sane.” In my mid-60s I remain busy and as sane as the next guy, but still have...

Ann Welch

Cultural differences

Nov 13, 2014 10:36am

I was thinking recently about how horrific it seems to our western culture that Japan views dophins as meat animals, and there was in fact a documentary film made of the practice of the Japanese...

Devon Murphy-Petersen

Good and evil

Nov 12, 2014 3:20pm

I just finished listening to Kim Zupan’s debut novel, “The Ploughmen”. The narrator, Jim Meskimen, adds depth and richness to the story. It is available for download, or in print at Waukee Public...

A cedar waxwing eating a crabapple in the snow.  PHOTO BY RAY HARDEN

Birds prepare for the winter

Nov 12, 2014 3:03pm

Fall is an interesting time to observe Iowa’s wildlife; it is a time of dramatic changes and intense activity. The fewer leaves on the trees and empty fields allows for easier viewing of Iowa’s...

Ann Cochran Health Navigation Coordinator with Dallas Co. Public Health

What’s new with the flu?

Nov 12, 2014 3:00pm

The Iowa Department of Public Health is keeping close watch over the status of influenza in our state. It reports that flu activity is slowly increasing, with two separate strains already...

Thanks to election volunteers

Nov 12, 2014 2:59pm

To the editor:

Please thank the election volunteers for their selflessness in volunteering, whether it was one hour or 400 hours. What a privilege Iowans have had to not only do our civic...

Global warming is utter nonsense

Nov 12, 2014 2:58pm

To the editor:

This is in regards to Ann Welch’s editorial on global warming. I appreciate Ann’s passion for her cause and her concerns about the environment, however, she has been worked...

Bill Haglund

Friendships grow with each passing homecoming

Nov 05, 2014 4:09pm

From California to Florida and Maine, folks came to one location last weekend for yet another milestone homecoming event.

This one, you see, marked 50 years – a half-century.


Ann Cochran Health Navigation Coordinator, Dallas County Public Health

Depression in adults

Nov 05, 2014 4:08pm

While many older adults experience depression, depression should not be considered just a normal part of aging. Everyone has occasional feelings of sadness or “the blues”; this is natural, and...

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