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I Was Just Thinking… There was a time when ‘hot dogs’ ruled in Iowa

Jul 21, 2016 10:00am

The Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, held annually at Coney Island (how appropriate) in New York draws lots of attention.

However, before I had even heard of Nathan’s contest in New York, I...

Saying good-bye

Jul 21, 2016 9:00am

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Letter to the Editor: Support for Julia Helm for Auditor

May 26, 2016 10:00am

Dear Dallas County Residents,

This is a letter of support from the Dallas County Precinct Elections Officials for Julia Helm’s bid for Dallas County Auditor. We are your friends and...

Letter to the Editor: Support for Cate Bryan for Auditor

May 26, 2016 10:00am

Dear Editor:

I am writing in behalf of my good friend and neighbor, Cate Bryan, who is running as a Republican candidate for Dallas County Auditor in the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 7...

Country Roads… Lest we forget…

May 26, 2016 10:00am

“Grandpa, why are we staying here? Everyone else is leaving.” At five years of age he seemed to never run out of questions.

“I’d like to spend just a few more minutes here, Noah.” At 63 he...

Health and Wellness… Biking as Transportation

May 26, 2016 10:00am

May is National Bike to Work Month. Here in Dallas County, that may be impractical for many wage earners who commute to Des Moines or the next town over for their jobs. Instead, let’s focus on...

I Was Just Thinking… ‘Hercules’ had one memorable day at Indy

May 26, 2016 10:00am

Every year about this time most Americans find themselves drawn, in one way or another, to Speedway, Indiana. Many of those have more than just a passing interest.

Even those who have little...

On living past 100

May 19, 2016 10:00am

My father-in-law was the oldest person I ever knew. He died recently at 104. It is a remarkable accomplishment to live for over 100 years. Even more remarkable are the life and lifestyle changes...

Country Roads… The tale of two families

May 19, 2016 10:00am

Many of today’s young adults were raised in small families. My wife and I each have two adult children.

Julie, however, is the oldest of seven children and I am the oldest of six. When I see...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits and Pieces… Farewell to a Dear Friend

May 19, 2016 10:00am

In spite of Mother’s Day usually being a happy occasion it brought sadness to me this year as I lost one of my dear animal friends. I have written about my Ossabaw Island pigs in my column before...

I Was Just Thinking… Sharing tales of a similar past

May 19, 2016 10:00am

“I remember your Grandparents,” the email message said.

At times, someone will respond to a column I’ve written, but not often. This one was a response to a column I’d written about growing...

Country Roads… The good side of Facebook

May 12, 2016 10:00am

Facebook has changed the way people keep in touch.

For those unfamiliar with this social networking site, Facebook uses the Internet to connect people with other people, relatives, friends,...

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