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Country Roads: Now that’s a Valentine

Feb 11, 2016 11:00am

His calloused fingers gingerly lifted a card from the rack and he read it carefully. Naw, too mushy, he thought. Selecting the right greeting card was never easy for him. Here it was February 13...

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Are you smarter than technology?

Oct 23, 2015 3:53pm

During the 1980s my job required sales trips to regional cities. In addition to road trips to other cities, I flew to the Twin Cities, Green Bay and Chicago. Upon arrival I rented a car and had...

Win or lose, these aren’t your father’s Cubs

Oct 23, 2015 8:00am

Those of us who grew up in the 1950s, most of us in small towns anyway, found ourselves drawn to Major League baseball.

After all, there never has been a “major league” team in any sport in...

An interview with Pastor Herman

Oct 16, 2015 5:50pm

(Author’s note: The following is written with a smile and with deepest appreciation to the men and women who serve God and humankind as pastors.)

In observance of Clergy Appreciation Month...

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Iowa and the U.S. Average: In 2005, among its adults aged 25 to 64, Iowa ranked ninth in the nation (92.3 percent) in the percentage of citizens with at least high school diploma, 32nd in the percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher (26.5 percent) and 41st in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (7.9 percent). Relative to the U.S. average, Iowa has larger percentages of adults who have completed just a high school diploma, some college and associate degrees, the same percentage as the U.S. with bachelor’s degrees, and a smaller percentage with graduate and professional degrees. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Iowa education has dramatically slipped under Branstad’s leadership

Oct 15, 2015 12:00pm

Gov. Branstad’s Department of Revenue is in the process of rewriting its administrative rules to allow large corporations a $37 million ongoing tax cut without approval from the Iowa Legislature....

Ann Welch

There and Back Again

Oct 10, 2015 11:00am

This September, I had the great fun of going “there and back again,” as I think Bilbo Baggins the hobbit referred to his journey in Tolkien’s “THE HOBBIT.” I visited England, Scotland and Belgium...

Nurses Fatima Guillen, left, and Fran Wendt, right, give Kimberly Magdeleno, 4, a Tdap whooping cough booster shot, as she is held by her mother, Claudia Solorio. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren/2012)

TDaP for Mom and Baby

Oct 09, 2015 3:02pm

TDaP is a combination vaccine for the prevention of three serious diseases: Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis. Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, causes painful muscle tightening so the person cannot...

Rand Paul Iowa Leadership Team decided

Oct 09, 2015 3:02pm

The Republicans rallying around 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, the doctor from Kentucky, announced today its Iowa Leadership team. Comprised of 99 co-chairs aiding select district co-...

I hate it when that happens

Oct 09, 2015 3:02pm

A couple of weeks ago I was driving into town on a two-lane highway. A car pulled up to a stop sign at a rural intersection. I was grateful when the driver appeared to be waiting for me to drive...

When will the next shooting be enough?

Oct 09, 2015 3:02pm

A man came by my VA Hospital room in Iowa City, obviously on his way from room to room wishing all of us well on our paths to recovery.

I’d had a minor heart-related procedure a day or two...

Arvid Huisman

Shaking the nuts out of the family tree

Oct 09, 2015 3:02pm

As a child I enjoyed listening to the older folks talk about family history. We are of peasant stock so there were no tales of conquering knights or beautiful damsels. My family often spoke of...

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