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Listen. Learn. And then Legislate.

Aug 25, 2015 9:00am

I may be new to the political scene in Dallas County, but I am definitely not new to Dallas County. I have lived in the area since the age of 4; graduated from Adel-DeSoto-Minburn; and attended...

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Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

One of my favorite things

Feb 24, 2015 12:36pm

I love pine cones - I think they are always beautiful and interesting, and always so varied depending on what species of evergreen they are found. As I was (belatedly) taking the ornaments off my...

Let’s go ‘light’ on Mother Nature

Feb 24, 2015 12:35pm

To the editor:

The United States’ government tells us that we should not drink water with over 10 mg/L of nitrate. The Des Moines Water Works must somehow get the nitrogen out of the Des...

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

Health Navigators at Dallas County Public Health can help with taxes

Feb 24, 2015 12:29pm

The Health Navigators at Dallas County Public Health cover lots of territory when it comes to helping people. Individuals with financial concerns are pointed in the right direction for assistance...

Keep wrestling and academics in Iowa schools

Feb 24, 2015 12:26pm

DES MOINES – We can all be proud of the hundreds of student athletes gathering in Des Moines this week for the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament. Their hard work and efforts in reaching this gold...

Arvid Huisman huismaniowa@msn.com

Days of mayhem and dynamite

Feb 24, 2015 12:23pm

My parents raised a brood of six – four boys and two girls, in that order. I am the oldest. We all had a streak of mischief in us but, thankfully, Dad never had to hire a lawyer on our behalf....

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An attack at the bird feeder

Feb 18, 2015 10:47am

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 10:44am

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 10:43am

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 10:43am

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 10:42am

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?...

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