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Aug 25, 2015 9:00am

I may be new to the political scene in Dallas County, but I am definitely not new to Dallas County. I have lived in the area since the age of 4; graduated from Adel-DeSoto-Minburn; and attended...

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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...

Iowa State Senator Jake Chapman (R-Adel)

Stand your ground

Feb 05, 2015 1:00am

Bury The Death Tax

This week in the Iowa Senate I sponsored Senate File 76, a bill to repeal the death tax in Iowa. It is sad to see that even here in Iowa, we have a tax on the deceased and...

President should have addressed debt

Feb 04, 2015 10:48am

To the editor:

Two weeks ago, I joined Americans across the country to watch President Obama deliver his State of the Union Address. But there was something missing this year. I couldn’t...

Koch’s bid to buy ‘free speech’ in American

Feb 04, 2015 10:47am

To the editor:

Every American should be concerned about the Koch brothers’ announcement to spend close to $1 billion on the 2016 campaign. That amount will exceed the combined amount that...

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