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Cherishing Alice’s name

Apr 24, 2014 11:40am

To the Editor:

Once again the news broadcast brought disturbing news to my evening television viewing. So this morning I have confirmed what I thought I heard on the news last evening as...

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Health & Wellness: Assisting families with the Health Navigator

Mar 06, 2014 1:02am

Deciding to get outside help for an elderly loved one can be a tough decision for a family. There’s guilt, there’s worry about cost, there’s a desire for privacy, there’s pride that prevents us...

Drake Professor Keith Summerville and Becky Reynolds, winner of a grant for this year’s study project.

Raccoon River Watershed Association doles out grants to university students

Mar 06, 2014 1:02am

The Raccoon River Watershed Association at the Life in the Raccoon River Conference that was held at the Hotel Pattee in Perry last Friday and Saturday announced grants totaling $5,000 to students...

Arvid Huisman huismaniowa@msn.com

Country Roads: Kindergarten and the pudgy prevaricator

Mar 06, 2014 1:02am

While going through some old files recently I found a copy of the composite class photo of an elementary school class. It prompted me to remember that it was 60 years ago this month that my...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits & Pieces: From Sustainable Man: “How Wolves Changed an Entire Ecosystem”

Mar 06, 2014 1:02am

From Sustainable Man, which is a conversational blog exploring, discussing, and brainstorming sustainability topics, came a beautiful video explaining “How Wolves Changed an Entire Ecosystem”....

Minimum Wage-The Real job creator

Mar 06, 2014 1:00am

To the Editor:

In 1996, Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce screamed a minimum wage increase would “kill jobs”. In the next four years, the U.S. economy created more jobs than were ever...

Letter to the editor: Health insurance advice

Feb 27, 2014 1:02am

To the Editor:

Those who are advising an uninsured relative or friend not to sign up for the health insurance offered by the Affordable Care Act should be willing to give up their own health...

Ray Harden rayharden2@aol.com

Winter Robins

Feb 27, 2014 1:02am

I returned home from Florida in late January and was very surprised to see a large flock of robins and an equal number of cedar waxwings in my yard. The birds were feasting on the blue berries...

I Was Just Thinking: That tree loomed larger and larger

Feb 27, 2014 1:02am

Drive around Iowa’s countryside during snowy winter months and you’ll notice that a number of snowmobiles exist among us. If you don’t actually see a snowmobile, you’ll certainly see the tracks...

Ken Herring & ‘Abby’ wildkpherring@yahoo.com

Dallas County Outdoors: Ice fishing: A Reason to enjoy winter

Feb 27, 2014 1:00am

I’ll flat out admit that when it comes to fishing, I’m a kid at heart. What I mean is that I enjoy fishing….but what I really enjoy is catching fish. That means any fish, regardless of size. Of...

Arvid Huisman huismaniowa@msn.com

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...

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