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Arvid Huisman huismaniowa@msn.com

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

Feb 11, 2015 10:02am

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 10:02am

“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 10:02am

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 1:02am

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 10:02am

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 10:02am

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 Bhaglund13@msn.com

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

Feb 04, 2015 10:02am

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 devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us

White Pole Road

Feb 04, 2015 10:02am

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 ann4plus1@yahoo.com

My furry friends

Feb 04, 2015 10:02am

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...

Ann Cochran Health Navigation Coordinator – Dallas Co. Public Health Ann.Cochran@co.dallas.ia.us


Feb 04, 2015 10:02am

You have no doubt heard news of recent cases of measles in California and in Nebraska. There are currently no measles cases in Iowa. However, there are a few things you should know about this...