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Country Roads… The only constant is change

Jul 21, 2016 10:00am

The story is told of a family that carpeted its bathroom. They liked it so much they went ahead and ran the carpet all the way into the house.

The humor of this story (if you found any in it...

Saying good-bye

Jul 21, 2016 9:00am

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Country Roads… Stay tuned for the Dating Game

Apr 28, 2016 3:57pm

One of the rewards of marriage, in my humble male opinion, is that the dating process is behind you.

As a teenager, dating was difficult. Oh, I liked girls… a lot. I enjoyed being around the...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits and Pieces… Five Top Accomplishments of Earthjustice

Apr 28, 2016 3:57pm

To quote Earthjustice, “the premier nonprofit environmental law organization, Earthjustice wields the power of the law and the strength of partnership to take on the critical environmental issues...

Health and Wellness… Burning Trash

Apr 21, 2016 3:56pm

Many Iowans burn household trash and yard waste, believing that burning is an American freedom. The tricky part about my freedom is that it only goes as far as it infringes on your freedom. So...

Sheriff’s Corner… National Telecommunicators Week 2016

Apr 21, 2016 3:56pm

National Telecommunicators Week brought celebration, honor, and publicity focused on the otherwise unsung heroes on the other end of the line. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on the important...

Country Roads… A scary day at the Shrine Circus

Apr 21, 2016 3:56pm

March and April are traditionally the months Iowans are treated to a Shrine Circus performance. Whenever I hear or read something about a Shrine Circus my memory takes me back to the spring of...

Bits and Pieces… More Than Just a Catalog

Apr 21, 2016 3:56pm

When browsing through my World Wildlife Fund beautiful gift catalog, I learned that it is much more than just a catalog. It contains information on many wildlife species and what we can do to make...

I Was Just Thinking… The road to becoming ‘Bell Ringer’ Bill

Apr 21, 2016 3:56pm

For many people, tracing roots is more than just a quest for information about ancestors – it’s an obsession.

While I’m not caught up in a frenzy about my past, I certainly find it...

Country Roads… There’s a welcome here… or not!

Apr 14, 2016 10:00am

When I was kid Sunday school always started with what were called opening exercises. Part of the opening tradition was to sing a welcome song to any youngster visiting our Sunday school that day....

Health and Wellness… Talk Early, Talk Often

Apr 14, 2016 10:00am

During adolescence, it’s typical to try new things and take risks. Concerning alcohol and other drugs, parents and mentors are challenged with a choice: do you sit back and hope your kids will “...

Before Thompson, before Darling and Murrell, there was Wier

Apr 14, 2016 10:00am

Kids growing up in the 1950s, like kids today, had their daydreams. They dreamt of one day exceeding the limits in whatever their chosen activity.

Sure, there were some who wanted to be...

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