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Ann Welch

Bits & Pieces: Welcoming wildlife to your backyard

Apr 10, 2014 12:01am

National Wildlife Federation offers several ways to encourage wildlife to visit your yard and garden this spring. Butterflies returning from winter migration are looking for food sources and...

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Allison McNeal

My View: Getting a Lyft

Mar 20, 2014 12:00am

Trying to find a taxi cab in a smaller city like Des Moines can be virtually impossible at times; however, in a bigger city such as St. Paul, Minneapolis they are seen almost everywhere.


Ray Harden

Nature’s View: Supervisor Golightly speaks at Lions Club Meeting

Mar 20, 2014 12:00am

Dallas County Supervisor, Brad Golightly, was the guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Perry Lions Club at the Hotel Pattee. Golightly informed the club members about the up-coming county...

Ann Cochran Health Navigation Coordinator with Dallas County Public Health

Health & Wellness: Health and social consequences of alcohol

Mar 20, 2014 12:00am

At least 7,440 adults in Dallas County drink too much and most of them are not alcoholics. Drinking too much includes binge drinking, daily drinking, and any alcohol use by pregnant women or by...

Arvid Huisman

Country Roads: Where were you when?

Mar 20, 2014 12:00am

On an anniversary of a significant historical event, people often ask, “Where were you when…” There are events in our lives that leave a lasting memory. Some are tragic, some joyful and others...

Bill Haglund

I Was Just Thinking: Locked away for a weekend … and loving it

Mar 13, 2014 12:02am

Six young men, all of us wearing the drab green of the United States Army, were locked in a building promptly at 5 p.m. on Friday. The building would not be unlocked until Monday morning; Military...

Ray Harden

Nature’s View: Harris’s Sparrow: Iowa’s largest sparrow

Mar 13, 2014 12:02am

There was fight taking place on my platform bird feeder. A big stranger, a Harris’s Sparrow, had flown in and two male house sparrows were trying to drive him away. The two smaller sparrows pecked...

Devon  Murphy-Petersen

What Are You Reading?: Friends and families

Mar 13, 2014 12:02am

I love the thrill of reading a really good book written by an author I haven’t previously appreciated. This week’s book, “South of Broad” by Pat Conroy is just such a book. Conroy has enjoyed a...

Ann Welch

Bits & Pieces: An Unusual visitor

Mar 13, 2014 12:02am

Recently we had a surprise visitor in our house. We were sitting in our living room watching TV and all of a sudden my husband said, “There’s a bat!” Sure enough, swooping around and around the...

Arvid Huisman

What do you say?

Mar 13, 2014 12:00am

In an adult Sunday school class 20-some years ago, the instructor asked us students to identify some Bible verses we could share with an individual upon the death of a loved one.


DCCB releases spring programs

Mar 13, 2014 12:00am

Fruit Tree Grafting

Thursday, April 3 (6:30 p.m.)

Forest Park Museum

We are partnering with ISU Extension specialist Patrick O’Malley for this exciting program. Participants will...

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