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Bill Haglund

Fast cars, calm waters make for enjoyable day

Feb 24, 2015 12:39pm

I’ve never been much of a fisherman. That’s not to say I’ve never had any enjoyment from dropping a line in water and reeling in a “big one.”

There was a shallow little creek that ran...

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Ann Cochran Health Navigation Coordinator, Dallas County Public Health

Foster Grandparent program available

Feb 11, 2015 10:22am

The Foster Grandparent Program provides service opportunities to seniors who are 55 and older and on a limited income. Foster Grandparents receive a stipend for volunteering at either an...

Arvid Huisman

I’m 67 years old – how the heck did that happen?

Feb 11, 2015 10:21am

Last month marked the 67th anniversary of my birth. More than two-thirds of a century! How in the heck did that happen? This stage of life gives a man an opportunity to reflect on all of those...

A meadow vole, or sometimes called a meadow mouse, gets comfortable in a cat dish after a recent heavy snow at the Harden residence.    PHOTO BY RAY HARDEN

A vole in the cat dish

Feb 11, 2015 10:15am

“That is strange,” I said to my wife, “What is that in the cat food bowl?” After the heavy snow fall last week I put a dish of cat food on the patio for two feral cats.

I saw something...

Shortage of mental health beds in Iowa

Feb 11, 2015 10:14am

To the editor:

Iowa is really short on mental health beds, with only 766 acute beds state-wide. Of the 766 beds, 140 are at the 4 Mental Health Institutes (MHI). With 180,000 Iowans...

Iowa State Senator Jake Chapman (R-Adel)

Stand your ground

Feb 05, 2015 1:00am

Bury The Death Tax

This week in the Iowa Senate I sponsored Senate File 76, a bill to repeal the death tax in Iowa. It is sad to see that even here in Iowa, we have a tax on the deceased and...

President should have addressed debt

Feb 04, 2015 10:48am

To the editor:

Two weeks ago, I joined Americans across the country to watch President Obama deliver his State of the Union Address. But there was something missing this year. I couldn’t...

Koch’s bid to buy ‘free speech’ in American

Feb 04, 2015 10:47am

To the editor:

Every American should be concerned about the Koch brothers’ announcement to spend close to $1 billion on the 2016 campaign. That amount will exceed the combined amount that...

Bill Haglund

Antiquing on this day became much more than old ‘things’

Feb 04, 2015 10:46am

The antique mall was packed with items from the past. Not wanting to miss anything during a recent visit there with my wife, I was painstakingly meandering down row after row, trying not to miss a...

Devon Murphy-Petersen

White Pole Road

Feb 04, 2015 10:39am

I love driving two-lane roads in Iowa. It’s a pleasure to get off the interstate, slow down a bit, look around, and enjoy the ride. Whatever the season, another beautiful scene is waiting just...

Ann Welch

My furry friends

Feb 04, 2015 10:38am

With my husband George having been gone for eight months now, I am reminded of how much comfort my pets, three cats and a puppy, have been to me. The cats join me on my bed, purring and enjoying...

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