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I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart

Aug 20, 2014 3:53pm

Even if you don’t use the salt shaker, you’re probably getting too much sodium. More than 75 percent of the sodium we eat is from processed, prepackaged, and restaurant foods. One solution is to...

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Ann Welch

Why the honey bees are dying

Jul 09, 2014 4:53pm

Honey bees are very sensitive to a new family of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. Scores of plants including fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals are sprayed with neonics,...

Letters to the editor 071014

Jul 09, 2014 4:52pm

New factory hog farm construction

To the Editor:

Once again our local community is facing the construction of a large factory hog farm by absentee landlords. We were given no notice...

Bill Haglund

Whatever happened to Ernie Cammack, Ernie Cammack?

Jul 02, 2014 11:13am

Admittedly, I haven’t watched each part of the series, but on those occasions that I’ve tuned in to the television documentary on the 1960s it’s sent my mind racing back in time.

We all know...

Ik heff een dicke buuk

Jul 02, 2014 11:12am

My first lessons in anatomy were in Low German. My parents are both East Frisian (northwest corner of Germany; northeastern corner of the Netherlands) and their dialect of Low German was spoken by...

Letters to the editor 070314

Jul 02, 2014 11:09am

Fireworks remain illegal

To the Editor:

Iowans will gather with lawn chairs and blankets in their communities to enjoy firework displays during the Fourth of July celebrations across...

Bill Haglund

Floods conjure up memories of long ago

Jun 25, 2014 12:55pm

All the flooding in Iowa last week brought back memories of a Model T ride long ago.

I’m not sure of the exact year, but I remember I was just a lad, so I’d guess it may have been the late...

Not all of America’s got talent

Jun 25, 2014 12:52pm

If I were to find a magic lamp and were a genie to pop out of it and offer me three wishes, I know what I would choose. My first wish would be for the ability to sing.

I love to sing; I just...

Poison ivy

Jun 25, 2014 12:50pm

It was out there hiding under the lilac bushes on the south fence line of my property.

I moved carefully through the bushes, took aim, and gently squeezed the trigger. Although I hate to use...

Ann Welch

A new friend

Jun 25, 2014 12:48pm

I’m embarking on an adventure I haven’t enjoyed for many years—raising a new puppy. Ozzie is a 3-month old pug, and he is, as my kids say, “ridiculously cute”. It is truly amazing how similar...

Devon Murphy-Petersen

The many stories of Chestnut Street

Jun 25, 2014 12:41pm

Just a year ago I wrote a glowing review for “A Week in Winter”, billed at that time as the last book of the late beloved Irish author Maeve Binchy. Luckily for all of us, during her long writing...

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