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House File 2548

Apr 17, 2014 2:11pm

To the Editor:

A bill in the Iowa House, File 2548 has raised my level of concern regarding water issues in our state and the new voluntary “Nutrient Reduction Strategy Program” that is...

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Ann Welch

Bits & Pieces: Helping Animals in Need

Mar 20, 2014 12:00am

I recently received information from the Animal Legal Defense Fund,an organization which advocates for homeless and abused animals. In the words of Harriet Beecher Stowe, “It’s a matter of taking...

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: 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...

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...

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...

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.


Ray Harden

Nature’s View: Raccoon River Watershed Association doles out grants to university students

Mar 06, 2014 1:02am

The Raccoon River Watershed Association at the Life in the Raccoon River Conference that was held at the Hotel Pattee in Perry last Friday and Saturday announced grants totaling $5,000 to students...

Devon  Murphy-Petersen

What are You Reading? Moral dilemmas

Mar 06, 2014 1:02am

Waukee Public Library’s book discussion group just finished a lively conversation about M.L. Stedman’s debut novel, “The Light Between Oceans”. The group meets the third Tuesday of each month at 1...

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