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Merry early Christmas

December 18, 2015 As Christmas approaches, I can feel the anticipation building. Soon I will be back in Northwest Iowa for a nice holiday break. more »»

Climate change issue needs a Churchill

December 16, 2015 "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. more »»

Grandchildren are the best part of the holidays

December 16, 2015 There are several things that really make the holidays come alive for me. One is curling up on a cold winter night to watch “It's a Wonderful Life” with my famil. more »»

Amaryllis — a burst of color

December 15, 2015 A popular plant for a Christmas gift is the amaryllis. Whether purchased as a blooming plant or a packaged bulb, both can be easily grown and enjoyed. more »»

Electronics for ice-fishing success

December 15, 2015 Most open water anglers who fish from a boat wouldn’t think of going out without a sonar unit, also known as a depth-finder. That same thought is true with most ice-anglers. more »»

Treasured autographs

December 14, 2015 In my ongoing effort to purge and organize my house, recently I went through a couple of desk drawer. more »»

A scam in the country

December 14, 2015 I grew up in rural Iowa ? on farms and in tiny farm towns – where business was normally done on a handshake. There were less than honorable people where I grew up but I didn’t know many. more »»

Lessons learned from the Iowa Hawkeyes

December 9, 2015 There were many great life lessons to be learned from the Iowa Hawkeye Football team this year whether you are a Hawkeye, Cyclone, Panther, Husker, a fan of another college football team, or not a... more »»

Getting into the holiday spirit

December 9, 2015 If you have traveled around Hamilton County in the past week or so, you have likely seen all of the colorful holiday displays. more »»

Holiday hints

December 8, 2015 With Christmas just around the corner, if you are like me, your mind is not on gardening this month. more »»

Jensen offers ice-fishing reminders

December 8, 2015 On early ice, it’s very important to keep quiet, and also to keep movement to a minimum. Early ice will be thin, it will be clear, and there probably won’t be much snow on it. more »»

Enjoy winter

December 7, 2015 Already I am growing weary of hearing the phrase, “I hate winter.” Especially since we are in a balmy early December where we haven’t even hardly got started into this winter yet. more »»

If you can’t feed a hundred people

December 7, 2015 One of the highlights of my week is a 6 a.m. men’s Bible study at my church. I have long been an early riser so the early hour doesn’t bother me. more »»

It’s all about perspective

December 4, 2015 This past week was stressful. Frankly, I started off the week on a bad note. more »»

College protestors: Welcome to the real world

December 2, 2015 Another Thanksgiving has come and gone. Hope yours was happy and peaceful. more »»

Treasured books on the shelf

December 2, 2015 I know there are plenty of people who prize just about every book they’ve ever owned , as if they are all friends. more »»

A history of holiday plants

December 1, 2015 When one thinks of holiday plants, the poinsettia is the first that comes to mind. more »»

Let Pharmacies Prescribe Birth Control

November 30, 2015 Back in 1933, Rep. Walter Pierce of Oregon introduced a bill in Congress to let doctors discuss birth control with their patients. The need for such a bill showed how controversial the subject was. more »»

A life of never ending questions

November 30, 2015 I have no biological grandchildren but I inherited some sweet ones when I remarried last year. There were two when Julie and I married and now there are four. more »»

Which party will emerge from its gathering storm?

November 25, 2015 Each of our two political parties, ancient by world standards, seems to be facing a gathering stor. more »»



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