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PHOTOS BY RAY HARDEN

An attack at the bird feeder

Feb 18, 2015 10:02am

In the afternoon on a cold February day last week I witnessed a flight for survival. I was taking food to my bird feeders but before I rounded the corner of my house the sparrows, juncos, and...

Arvid Huisman huismaniowa@msn.com

No hoity-toity food for this country boy

Feb 18, 2015 10:02am

My siblings and I grew up on meat, potatoes and vegetables. Some fruit and desserts, too. And cookies, cake and pie. Also, homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. Our mother is an excellent cook and...

Jail for mentally ill?

Feb 18, 2015 10:02am

To the editor:

The U.S. has 10 times the number of serious mentally ill people who reside in jails compared to mental health institutions (MHI). Many of these mentally ill people are...

Devon Murphy-Petersen devonm@waukee.lib.ia.us

Alone in space

Feb 18, 2015 10:02am

When Mark Watney regains consciousness after the deadly combination of an accident coupled with a dust storm forced his fellow crew members’ evacuation and stranded him alone on Mars, he knew his...

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

How was school today?

Feb 18, 2015 10:02am

If you ask your child or grandchild “How was school today?” or “What did you learn in school today?” you are likely to get a shrug of the shoulders.

How do get your kid to talk to you?...

Bill Haglund Bhaglund13@msn.com

Look, up in the Sky. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone

Feb 18, 2015 10:02am

It sometimes seems that you can’t turn pick up your newspaper, or turn on your television, without reading or hearing a story about drones.

They’re seemingly everywhere. We hear about the...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Reasons to support the Natural Resources Defense Council

Feb 11, 2015 10:02am

In the words of the NRDC, the mission of the Natural Resources Defense Council is to safeguard the earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. If...

Bill Haglund Bhaglund13@msn.com

Memories of shopping for Aunt Hattie

Feb 11, 2015 10:02am

My Aunt Hattie was 104 years old when she died a couple of decades ago. She would have lived much longer, I’m sure, had complications not developed after she fell and broke her hip.

She was...

Ann Cochran Health Navigation Coordinator, Dallas County Public Health Ann.Cochran@co.dallas.ia.us

Foster Grandparent program available

Feb 11, 2015 10:02am

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 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...

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