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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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Republicans pivoting on Obamacare

Apr 03, 2014 12:01am

To the Editor:

The end of the Obamacare Enrollment period is finishing with a huge surge in numbers (CBO estimates 14 million from Medicaid and private exchanges) that spell overwhelming...

Home Base Iowa moves through State House

Apr 03, 2014 12:01am

To the Editor:

I recently read that Home Base Iowa has finally moved through the State House. This is good news for our state and good news for our veterans. Gov. Branstad’s initiative is...

Arvid Huisman huismaniowa@msn.com

Country Roads: Inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth

Apr 03, 2014 12:01am

When my wife and I moved to the city from rural Iowa 14 years ago one of the biggest changes we experienced was church music. In rural Iowa we were members of a church with a traditional worship...

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...

A pair of swans feed in a rural cornfield. Photo by Ray Harden.

Nature’s View: Trumpeter Swans: Making a return to Iowa’s wetlands

Apr 03, 2014 12:00am

Every birder gets a thrill out of seeing an unusual bird species. I received a call from Angie Farley, who lives near Perry. She told me that she saw trumpeter swans feeding in a cornfield north...

Devon  Murphy-Petersen dmurphy-petersen@waukee.org

What Are You Reading? Family, and family secrets

Apr 03, 2014 12:00am

For a recent project I’ve been reading books set in Iowa, which is how I came to read this week’s novel, “The Other Anna” by Barbara Esstman. Set in the fictional town of New Marango, Iowa before...

I Was Just Thinking: Easter dinner just wasn’t the same

Apr 03, 2014 12:00am

I always enjoyed Sundays when we’d load up the family wagon and head off to visit my grandparents north of Stratford.

Most times, my aunt and uncle would be there, too, so there were eight...

Secret settlements are rising

Mar 27, 2014 12:01am

To the Editor:

Branstad discloses more secret settlements in 12 different state agencies on his return from vacation. The number of secret settlements we know about have mushroomed from 6 to...

Arvid Huisman huismaniowa@msn.com

Country Roads: Leave your libido at home

Mar 27, 2014 12:01am

University of Iowa President Sally Mason created brouhaha a few weeks ago with her remark on sexual assaults on the campus. Commenting on the problem, President Mason said, “I’m not pleased that...

Devon  Murphy-Petersen dmurphy-petersen@waukee.org

What Are You Reading?: A Different way to look at history

Mar 27, 2014 12:01am

Waukee Public Library Book Discussion tried something new last week – a graphic novel, which proved to be quite interesting material for our discussion. Graphic novels are books written in comic-...

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