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Affordable Care Act provides grants to Iowa

Jul 16, 2014 4:07pm

To the Editor:

With $10 million out of $26 million in new Iowa Grants under the Affordable Care Act, Mercy Hospital systems will be able to upgrade their networks. The grant includes 25...

Eyes of the world have centered on Brazil

Jul 16, 2014 4:07pm

It’s hard for some of us, who grew up in rural Iowa many decades ago, to imagine how the whole world could be caught up on a bunch of people from around the world who have gathered to kick a ball...

Eb Griper’s political frustrations

Jul 16, 2014 4:07pm

It was a rainy day and I had a strong thirst for a cup of coffee. I pulled into the coffee shop parking lot and parked next to a familiar vehicle–Eb Griper’s old Studebaker pick-up.


Now you know the next step

Jul 16, 2014 4:07pm

Ready: You’ve done it! The choice has been made and you are ready to make the move. Now the work begins, it is time to downsize, oh joy!

Get set: Just do it. Engage your family and friends...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Put those butts where they belong

Jul 16, 2014 4:07pm

I feel another grump coming on about how some people carelessly discard their cigarette butts. My sweet puppy recently ate and swallowed one he picked up the ground, causing me considerable worry...

Ray Harden rayharden2@aol.com

Yellowthroat: a common Wood Warbler

Jul 09, 2014 5:07pm

Every morning I hear the call of a yellowthroat coming from the tall prairie plants about twenty feet from my patio. The common yellowthroat is in the wood warbler family. It is a bird that is...

Ticks and mosquitoes

Jul 09, 2014 5:07pm

Beware of ticks and mosquitos if you go into a wooded area, or an area of tall grass. It’s wise to wear long pants, socks and closed shoes and use insect spray with DEET or Permethrin.


There’s something about a small town celebration

Jul 09, 2014 5:07pm

It wasn’t the same as returning to a childhood, but a visit to the Fourth of July celebration in Slater certainly stirred some memories from years past.

For sure, times have changed – what...

The farmer wave

Jul 09, 2014 5:07pm

One of the things I enjoy about being back home in rural Iowa is the farmer wave. Out here where there seems to be a little less skepticism about the people around you many drivers wave when they...

Other health care options

Jul 09, 2014 4:07pm

Dementia is an increasingly degenerative disease that haunts us all with some form beginning as early as age twenty. There are approximately 70-80 different varieties of dementia, many know it...