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House File 2548

Apr 17, 2014 2:11pm

To the Editor:

A bill in the Iowa House, File 2548 has raised my level of concern regarding water issues in our state and the new voluntary “Nutrient Reduction Strategy Program” that is...

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Arvid Huisman

Country Roads: Winter makes me S.A.D.

Feb 27, 2014 1:00am

Growing up in northern Iowa I learned what tough winters were all about. Then I spent 14 years in Sioux City, a hilly river town where winter driving seems suicidal and the cold north wind blows...

Ann Welch

Bits & Pieces: Nature’s tough guy

Feb 27, 2014 1:00am

One of my favorite TV shows is “Nature,” on PBS. The last episode we watched was about the honey badger, an African animal in the weasel and skunk family which is known for its ferocity, braveness...

I Was Just Thinking: ‘The Day the Music Died’

Feb 20, 2014 1:02am

A couple weeks back, the folks at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake held their annual “Winter Dance Party” to mark the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, better known as The...

Arvid Huisman

Country Roads: An old man’s thoughts on weddings

Feb 20, 2014 1:02am

Attending weddings has never been near the top of my favorite-things-to-do list. This year, however, I have already attended two, each as a guest of a friend of the families.

Either I’m...

Working together to benefit the children

Feb 20, 2014 1:02am

To the Editor:

The Iowa Juvenile Home is a tragic case. Most importantly, it is tragic that the children there were abused and deprived of basic rights. Iowans agree that closing the...

Devon  Murphy-Petersen

What Are You Reading?: War story

Feb 20, 2014 1:02am

I recently finished a book I just can’t quit thinking about. The writing was beautiful – compact and succinct, without a wasted word. In this novel, “Articles of War”, Nick Arvin tells the story...

Ann Welch

Bits & Pieces: Family ties

Feb 20, 2014 1:02am

My family is facing some hard times right now. I am so glad I am able to say our children are stepping up and being of great help to us. Two of the four and their spouses have come a long distance...

Ray Harden

Nature’s View: Life in the Raccoon River

Feb 20, 2014 1:00am

The Raccoon River Watershed Association will hold their annual “Life in the Raccoon River” program on Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday, March 1 at Perry’s Hotel Pattee. The program is free and open to...

Country Roads: Living off my assets

Feb 13, 2014 1:02am

It was 1966, the year I graduated from high school and the year I began working at the radio station in the county seat.

In small market radio stations at that time announcers had to...

The Silent killer

Feb 13, 2014 1:02am

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the poisonous fumes, CO (carbon monoxide) can kill you before you are aware of it. At lower...

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