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Ann Welch

Climate change - it’s happening

Oct 16, 2014 9:13am

Climate change is on my mind again—I guess prompted by the news photo I saw of some 30,000 walruses crowded on land which used to be ice where they could haul out of the water to rest.


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Eb Griper’s political frustrations

Jul 16, 2014 4:45pm

It was a rainy day and I had a strong thirst for a cup of coffee. I pulled into the coffee shop parking lot and parked next to a familiar vehicle–Eb Griper’s old Studebaker pick-up.


Now you know the next step

Jul 16, 2014 4:44pm

Ready: You’ve done it! The choice has been made and you are ready to make the move. Now the work begins, it is time to downsize, oh joy!

Get set: Just do it. Engage your family and friends...

Ann Welch

Put those butts where they belong

Jul 16, 2014 4:44pm

I feel another grump coming on about how some people carelessly discard their cigarette butts. My sweet puppy recently ate and swallowed one he picked up the ground, causing me considerable worry...

Ray Harden

Yellowthroat: a common Wood Warbler

Jul 09, 2014 5:14pm

Every morning I hear the call of a yellowthroat coming from the tall prairie plants about twenty feet from my patio. The common yellowthroat is in the wood warbler family. It is a bird that is...

Ticks and mosquitoes

Jul 09, 2014 5:11pm

Beware of ticks and mosquitos if you go into a wooded area, or an area of tall grass. It’s wise to wear long pants, socks and closed shoes and use insect spray with DEET or Permethrin.


There’s something about a small town celebration

Jul 09, 2014 5:06pm

It wasn’t the same as returning to a childhood, but a visit to the Fourth of July celebration in Slater certainly stirred some memories from years past.

For sure, times have changed – what...

The farmer wave

Jul 09, 2014 5:02pm

One of the things I enjoy about being back home in rural Iowa is the farmer wave. Out here where there seems to be a little less skepticism about the people around you many drivers wave when they...

Other health care options

Jul 09, 2014 4:59pm

Dementia is an increasingly degenerative disease that haunts us all with some form beginning as early as age twenty. There are approximately 70-80 different varieties of dementia, many know it...

Ann Welch

Why the honey bees are dying

Jul 09, 2014 4:53pm

Honey bees are very sensitive to a new family of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics for short. Scores of plants including fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals are sprayed with neonics,...

Letters to the editor 071014

Jul 09, 2014 4:52pm

New factory hog farm construction

To the Editor:

Once again our local community is facing the construction of a large factory hog farm by absentee landlords. We were given no notice...

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