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Athletes set to compete at Drake Relays

Apr 23, 2015 9:00am

Parts of the Drake Relays are already underway and even started as early as Sunday afternoon with the Beautiful Bulldog Contest at the Knapp Center. The Grand Blue Mile took place Tuesday and the...

Thanks to you

Apr 16, 2015 2:32pm

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Devon Murphy-Petersen

Wild explanation

Dec 01, 2014 12:33pm

Twenty years ago Jon Krakauer’s best-selling book “Into the Wild” purportedly told the story of Chris McCandless’ trek into the Alaskan wilderness and his death by starvation only four months...

Elder financial abuse

Dec 01, 2014 12:32pm

To the editor:

The news article on the “Iowan who stole from war veteran given probation” (Des Moines Register, Nov. 26) was very disturbing. The Eldora war veteran, Jim Ruby, was a close...

Benghazi – give it up, there’s nothing there

Dec 01, 2014 12:31pm

To the editor:

Will the Republicans’ irrational obsession with Benghazi ever end? The House Republican controlled Intelligence Committee investigating Benghazi, the attack on the US...

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

Turkey hunting season opened October 13th and runs until the fifth of December. Iowa hunters took to the woods dressed in camouflage gear and calling turkeys near their blinds, hoping to put an...

Bill Haglund

Veterans’ Day a time to reflect on those who serve(d)

Nov 13, 2014 10:44am

To many, November 11 is just another day. To American military veterans, however, it’s a day to remember our own military service, a service we gave to our country.

There are a number of...

Arvid Huisman

A relaxing pursuit

Nov 13, 2014 10:43am

When folks learn that I have no hobbies some can be critical. “You need a hobby,” they say, “to keep busy and to stay sane.” In my mid-60s I remain busy and as sane as the next guy, but still have...

Ann Welch

Cultural differences

Nov 13, 2014 10:36am

I was thinking recently about how horrific it seems to our western culture that Japan views dophins as meat animals, and there was in fact a documentary film made of the practice of the Japanese...

Devon Murphy-Petersen

Good and evil

Nov 12, 2014 3:20pm

I just finished listening to Kim Zupan’s debut novel, “The Ploughmen”. The narrator, Jim Meskimen, adds depth and richness to the story. It is available for download, or in print at Waukee Public...

A cedar waxwing eating a crabapple in the snow.  PHOTO BY RAY HARDEN

Birds prepare for the winter

Nov 12, 2014 3:03pm

Fall is an interesting time to observe Iowa’s wildlife; it is a time of dramatic changes and intense activity. The fewer leaves on the trees and empty fields allows for easier viewing of Iowa’s...

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