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Country Roads… What do you want to be when you grow up?

Jun 30, 2016 10:00am

If you want to strike up a conversation with a kindergartener just ask, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most 5 and 6-year-olds will slip their imaginations into high gear and lead you...

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Country Roads… Eb Griper and the Victoria’s Secret ad

Updated: Apr 07, 2016 4:07pm

It had been some time since I last visited with my old buddy, Eb Griper, so I stopped by his favorite coffee shop a few mornings ago. Sure enough, Eb’s rusty old Studebaker pickup was in the...

Country Roads… On the road again… with frustrations

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I made a Spring Break trip to Phoenix to help grandchild number four celebrate his first birthday. It was a wonderful trip overall and it was especially nice to...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits & Pieces… A Tiny Spark

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

As a person who has always been put off by spiders and even afraid of them, my reaction to a tiny spider

who has taken up residence in my bathroom sink is surprising to say the least. This...

Health and Wellness… Permanent Family Planning Options

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

Deciding how many children you will parent is a personal decision, and not to be taken lightly. Although tubal ligation for women, and vasectomy for men can sometimes be reversed, the reverse...

I Was Just Thinking… C’mon, Sen. Grassley, give Garland a vote

Mar 31, 2016 10:00am

A majority of Americans, at least if you believe recent polls, believe that Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley and his Republican friends in the Senate should hold hearings to either confirm or deny the...

Arvid Huisman

Country Roads: The toughest task of all

Mar 24, 2016 10:00am

Quickly! Name the most difficult physical task you can imagine. Lifting a heavy object? Outrunning an angry bear? Jumping over a wide chasm?

How about this one: staying awake when your mind...

I Was Just Thinking… Old friends are the best friends of all

Mar 24, 2016 10:00am

I’ve been blessed in seven decades of life to have met some wonderful people, both in work and in social life.

Many of those “old” friends were met during the many years I spent in the...

Health and Wellness… The Gift of Sight

Mar 24, 2016 10:00am

What do most people have as a pair, are about the size of a penny, and allow us to read, watch TV, and drive? Answer: the cornea of the eye.

The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer, the...

Embracing the madness of March

Updated: Mar 24, 2016 11:24am

Madness is the word. Sure, it’s a bit trite. But there is no more accurate way to describe what college basketball fans, die-hard and casual, witnessed in the first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA Men...

Watts Line: March 18, 2016 - Occasional updates regarding legislative issues of constituent interest

Mar 18, 2016 5:00pm

Budget Picture Becomes Defined

The Revenue Estimating Committee met this week confirming that the economy is weakening, but the good news is that we still have at least...

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