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Urban myths and other lies

Jul 26, 2015 8:00am

Some 30 years ago a frightening rumor made the rounds in Sioux City. According to the rumor, a child had been abducted from a restroom in what was then a new shopping mall in Sioux City. I...

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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?...

Bill Haglund Bhaglund13@msn.com

Look, up in the Sky. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone

Feb 18, 2015 10:40am

It sometimes seems that you can’t turn pick up your newspaper, or turn on your television, without reading or hearing a story about drones.

They’re seemingly everywhere. We hear about the...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Reasons to support the Natural Resources Defense Council

Feb 11, 2015 10:27am

In the words of the NRDC, the mission of the Natural Resources Defense Council is to safeguard the earth: its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. If...

Bill Haglund Bhaglund13@msn.com

Memories of shopping for Aunt Hattie

Feb 11, 2015 10:23am

My Aunt Hattie was 104 years old when she died a couple of decades ago. She would have lived much longer, I’m sure, had complications not developed after she fell and broke her hip.

She was...

Ann Cochran Health Navigation Coordinator, Dallas County Public Health Ann.Cochran@co.dallas.ia.us

Foster Grandparent program available

Feb 11, 2015 10:22am

The Foster Grandparent Program provides service opportunities to seniors who are 55 and older and on a limited income. Foster Grandparents receive a stipend for volunteering at either an...

Arvid Huisman huismaniowa@msn.com

I’m 67 years old – how the heck did that happen?

Feb 11, 2015 10:21am

Last month marked the 67th anniversary of my birth. More than two-thirds of a century! How in the heck did that happen? This stage of life gives a man an opportunity to reflect on all of those...

A meadow vole, or sometimes called a meadow mouse, gets comfortable in a cat dish after a recent heavy snow at the Harden residence.    PHOTO BY RAY HARDEN

A vole in the cat dish

Feb 11, 2015 10:15am

“That is strange,” I said to my wife, “What is that in the cat food bowl?” After the heavy snow fall last week I put a dish of cat food on the patio for two feral cats.

I saw something...

Shortage of mental health beds in Iowa

Feb 11, 2015 10:14am

To the editor:

Iowa is really short on mental health beds, with only 766 acute beds state-wide. Of the 766 beds, 140 are at the 4 Mental Health Institutes (MHI). With 180,000 Iowans...

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