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Ann Welch

Hopping for Joy

Jul 24, 2014 9:01am

I had a big surprise in a very small package as I walked across my kitchen floor this morning. A very small toad, less than 3/4 inches long, was making his way across the floor, and I had to move...

Care For Yourself

Jul 24, 2014 9:01am

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Ann Welch

Bits & Pieces: Spiders and other scary things

May 01, 2014 3:28pm

Time passes slowly when you are sitting in the hospital with a loved one, but it does give you time to think about a lot of things. One of the things I’ve been mulling over is how parental...

Ray Harden

Nature’s View: Keep Iowa’s black gold in the fields

May 01, 2014 3:17pm

When the early European settlers moved into Iowa they passed the prairies and tended to settle in the wooded areas. They were not familiar with prairie soils and thought the land that did not grow...

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...

Supporting local business

Apr 24, 2014 11:38am

To the Editor:

My name is Arlene Pennington, and I am writing in regards to the Horseshoe Lanes Bowling Alley and the A-D-M School. My husband and I owned the bowling alley for 10 years....

Beware, they’re everywhere!

Apr 24, 2014 11:32am

To the Editor:

My phone rang and out of the blue, I was greeted with, “Hi, Grandma.” I was so surprised and answered with his name and he said he had an accident, it wasn’t serious but there...

Bill Haglund

Field of Dreams … a doomed perspective

Apr 24, 2014 9:45am

The past week has brought about a big ballyhoo about this being the 25th anniversary of the movie “Field of Dreams.”

Everyone knows, of course, the movie was filmed in a farm field near...

Arvid Huisman

Country Roads: A tall order

Apr 24, 2014 9:22am

There are some things over which we have absolutely no control. Our height is one of them.

I come from a line of tall people. My great uncle Klaas was 6’6” and weighed 300 pounds in his...

Health & Wellness: Recycling is public health, too

Apr 24, 2014 9:19am

With spring cleaning in full bloom, no more sorting of your typical recyclables is required at the seven drop off sites in Dallas County. You can throw paper, cardboard, necked plastic containers...

LeeAnne Opie

Ready, Set, Retire: Retirement living here I come

Apr 24, 2014 9:15am

Central Iowa has an over whelming amount of options. Let’s look at the big picture and narrow down your choices. First things first, make a list of three to five communities you would like to...

Ann Welch

Bits & Pieces: Spring at last

Apr 24, 2014 9:12am

Ann Welch

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