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House File 2548

Apr 17, 2014 2:11pm

To the Editor:

A bill in the Iowa House, File 2548 has raised my level of concern regarding water issues in our state and the new voluntary “Nutrient Reduction Strategy Program” that is...

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The Silent killer

Feb 13, 2014 1:02am

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the poisonous fumes, CO (carbon monoxide) can kill you before you are aware of it. At lower...

Nancy Itani

Fashion Forward: Have a heart this Valentine’s Day!

Feb 13, 2014 1:02am

Valentine’s Day is getting very close and hearts are as popular as ever this fashion season. The heart-shaped jewelry is always in style for this fun and festive holiday. Pendants, earrings and...

Bill Haglund

I Was Just Thinking: And, the gang’s all here (almost)

Feb 13, 2014 1:02am

I think the last time we had the whole family together was around Christmas 20 years ago.

That’s a long time ago, but with combined families, it’s often tough to fit a gathering date into...

Iowa’s Uncommon Curriculum: Rotten to the Core. Part II

Feb 13, 2014 1:02am

To the Editor:

Last week I shared with you some of what I learned about Common, one correction, Iowa will take the National Standardized test Smarter Balanced, not PARCC as indicated in Part...

Ann Welch

Bits & Pieces: The Sky’s the limit

Feb 13, 2014 1:02am

Watching the Olympics for the last couple of days makes me marvel at what young athletes can accomplish through their years of hard, dedicate work. the high flying skate boarders and the amazingly...

Nature’s View: Tom finds his way home

Feb 13, 2014 1:00am

In early fall we had three feral cats outside. A big brindle gray tom cat moved to our patio last winter, 2012. At first I tried to chase him off. He would hobble away, limping on his right hind...

Devon  Murphy-Petersen

What Are You Reading?: Hearts connected

Feb 13, 2014 1:00am

Manhattan, September 1986. When an 11-year-old panhandler asked successful businesswoman Laura Schroff for spare change to buy food, she kept right on walking. But then something stopped her in...

Bill Haglund

I Was Just Thinking: A fond farewell to you all

Feb 06, 2014 1:02am

With this column, I bid a fond farewell to those of you who have read some of my columns over the past dozen years, or so, since I returned to the newspaper field at the Dallas County News back in...

Thanks for the memories

Feb 06, 2014 1:02am

There are a couple of reasons I don’t often write columns, not the least of which is that every time I do, you are left with a vision of my ugly mug at the top of the column. Nobody needs that....

Iowa’s Uncommon Curriculum: Rotten to the Core - Part I

Feb 06, 2014 1:02am

To the Editor:

Like any parent, I want the best education for my children. Last year I was shocked to discover that everything I thought I knew about our education was about to change. My...

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