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Thin strip of aluminum caused a life crisis (of sorts)

Jun 30, 2016 10:00am

It was just a thin strip of malleable aluminum, about five inches long and about three-quarters of an inch wide.

But, that little piece of aluminum caused more than its share of problems for...

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Letter to the Editor: Corndog Checkoff

Mar 03, 2016 11:00am

Dear Editor:

Every August the Iowa State Fair has the honor of hosting more than one million people at the historic 450-acre Iowa State Fairgrounds. The Iowa State Fair continues to attract...

Country Roads: Plans 50 years in the making

Mar 03, 2016 10:00am

The process has begun. The date has been set. “Save the date” notices have been distributed. A committee is working on a “memory” booklet and in July the Northeast Hamilton Community High School...

Health and Wellness: Alert Iowa

Mar 03, 2016 10:00am

Alert Iowa is a statewide mass notification and emergency messaging system that Dallas County has adopted. The system can be used by local authorities to quickly disseminate emergency information...

Health and Wellness: Oral Health and Breast Cancer May be Linked

Feb 25, 2016 11:00am

Here’s something interesting to consider. There seems to be a link between having gum disease and getting breast cancer.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a chronic inflammatory...

Op-Ed: Save the Children Action Network

Feb 25, 2016 11:00am

I will never forget this year’s Iowa caucuses, because this time, I was focused on using my voice to help kids.

My mother was a kindergarten teacher for 30 years, and she always talked about...

I Was Just Thinking: ‘Growlers’ hitting the Iowa marketplace

Feb 25, 2016 11:00am

To growl, or not to growl.

That may be a question facing Iowans who enjoy sipping an adult beverage occasionally.

With more and more of the so-called “micro” breweries popping up...

Country Roads: Talking to a brick wall

Feb 25, 2016 11:00am

In a recent three-way Facebook exchange with a mutual friend my daughter accused me of being a chatterbox. A Facebook meme showed a child in a sleeping bag on a supermarket floor. The caption read...

Ann Welch ann4plus1@yahoo.com

Bits and Pieces: There and Back Again

Feb 18, 2016 11:00am

This September I had the great fun of going “there and back again”, as I think Bilbo Baggins the hobbit referred to his journeys in Tolkien’s The Hobbit. I visited England, Scotland, and Belgium...

I Was Just Thinking: ‘Mom, you signed me up for what?’

Feb 18, 2016 11:00am

The Rock ‘n Roll era spawned a whole new era of dancing for teenagers.

We were all doing our best to learn steps to “the bop” or “jitterbug” which was all the craze as we listened to the...

Country Roads: Idioms: another way to say it

Feb 18, 2016 11:00am

For more than 30 years my cousin, Tim, has been a pastor in Latin America. Earlier this month, Tim flew back to Iowa to visit his parents. I was privileged to have been able to spend some time...

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