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Arvid Huisman

Country Roads… Knocking on wood

May 05, 2016 10:00am

Superstitious? Not me. I have never been superstitious and hopefully never will be. Knock on wood.

This month includes a big day for the superstitious of the world ̶ a Friday the 13th....

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Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits & Pieces… A Tiny Spark

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

As a person who has always been put off by spiders and even afraid of them, my reaction to a tiny spider

who has taken up residence in my bathroom sink is surprising to say the least. This...

I Was Just Thinking… C’mon, Sen. Grassley, give Garland a vote

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

A majority of Americans, at least if you believe recent polls, believe that Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley and his Republican friends in the Senate should hold hearings to either confirm or deny the...

Health and Wellness… Permanent Family Planning Options

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

Deciding how many children you will parent is a personal decision, and not to be taken lightly. Although tubal ligation for women, and vasectomy for men can sometimes be reversed, the reverse...

I Was Just Thinking… Old friends are the best friends of all

Mar 24, 2016 10:00am

I’ve been blessed in seven decades of life to have met some wonderful people, both in work and in social life.

Many of those “old” friends were met during the many years I spent in the...

Health and Wellness… The Gift of Sight

Mar 24, 2016 10:00am

What do most people have as a pair, are about the size of a penny, and allow us to read, watch TV, and drive? Answer: the cornea of the eye.

The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer, the...

Arvid Huisman

Country Roads: The toughest task of all

Mar 24, 2016 10:00am

Quickly! Name the most difficult physical task you can imagine. Lifting a heavy object? Outrunning an angry bear? Jumping over a wide chasm?

How about this one: staying awake when your mind...

Embracing the madness of March

Updated: Mar 24, 2016 11:24am

Madness is the word. Sure, it’s a bit trite. But there is no more accurate way to describe what college basketball fans, die-hard and casual, witnessed in the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Men...

Watts Line: March 18, 2016 - Occasional updates regarding legislative issues of constituent interest

Mar 18, 2016 5:00pm

Budget Picture Becomes Defined

The Revenue Estimating Committee met this week confirming that the economy is weakening, but the good news is that we still have at least...

I Was Just Thinking… A new Quonset hut and my first ‘crush’

Mar 18, 2016 10:51am

There are lots of reasons to celebrate in a small Iowa community.

Often, it doesn’t take much for people to plan one of those small-town gatherings.

I remember one in Alleman that...

Health and Wellness… Downsizing Your Living Space

Mar 18, 2016 10:51am

“Downsizing your living space” may make you bristle with resistance at the idea of sorting through belongings and having to throw away articles that you have saved over the years. There is...

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