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Ray Harden

Osage orange: natural pest control

Nov 27, 2014 1:00am

Every fall Osage oranges or hedge apples are found in some supermarkets in the produce section, but they are not edible. They are sold for decoration and to repel insects. These softball sized...

Ray Harden

Iowa’s wild turkeys

Nov 19, 2014 10:00am
Arvid Huisman

A relaxing pursuit

Nov 13, 2014 10:43am

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Marissa Felt, senior member of the Dallas County Aggies 4-H Club.

Lessons learned at the Dallas County Fair

Sep 18, 2014 12:00am

County fairs are a favorite summertime tradition for rural communities. Generations of kids have benefited from the hard work and lessons learned from participating in 4-H and FFA. To an outsider...

Supports Anderson

Sep 16, 2014 3:56pm

To the editor:

No American should take voting for granted. Franklin Roosevelt said “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves...

Appel criticized in ad

Sep 16, 2014 3:56pm

To the editor:

In a recent ad, Staci Appel was criticized by her opponent for voting in favor of money to restore an organ in Clermont, IA. The people of Clermont might disagree. This...

Ann Welch

New life for old garden hoses

Sep 16, 2014 3:55pm

While reading my BIRDS AND BLOOMS magazine I came across some useful tips for recycling worn out garden hoses and would like to share them.

1. Set 4 wooden posts in a square and wind the...

Supports Anderson for Secretary of State

Sep 10, 2014 12:49pm

To the editor:

Voting is a right in America. It’s unfortunate that so many people choose not to vote. Others, mostly elected officials, have decided that the way to affect elections is to...

Iowa Health and Wellness Plan

Sep 10, 2014 12:48pm

Many residents of Dallas County had a change in their health insurance this year. Maybe you enrolled in the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (Iowa’s version of Obama-care). Now that you have...

Ann Welch

Mysteries of the insect world

Sep 03, 2014 11:03am

As I was cleaning up a pile of old lumber in the yard recently I inadvertantly disturbed a nest of little brown ants. As soon as they lost their sheltering piece of wood they began scurrying...

Your healthy child

Sep 03, 2014 9:56am

We’ve all heard the studies reporting that children and adolescents of today are less healthy than we were as youngsters. As the rate of obesity rises among younger Iowans, so does suffering from...

I wonder if ‘Rich’ ever found his snipe

Sep 03, 2014 9:48am

Countless thousands of young Iowans are headed back to campuses this fall where they’ll be joined by students from all over America.

Many of those Iowans are from rural areas or the state’s...

Arvid in Agriculture Wonderland

Sep 03, 2014 9:47am

As a teenager in rural Iowa I earned money each summer working for area farmers. The last year I worked on a farm was 1965.

Over subsequent years I have attempted to stay abreast of...

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