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Good news and some bad news

February 6, 2015 Debate this week in the Iowa Senate featured some good news and some bad news. more »»

Homeownership Program helps 423 veterans

February 6, 2015 The Military Homeownership Assistance Program is now in its tenth year and is still going strong. more »»

Say it with flowers

February 3, 2015 With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to share with readers some of the popular Valentine flowers plus their meaning. more »»

Adapt for more fishing success

February 3, 2015 There are times in fishing, as in life, that if we want to be successful, we need to change our plans: We need to adapt. more »»

Deer hunting's glory days

February 3, 2015 A bunch of us were gathered around the coffee table the other morning talking about deer hunting. One of the guys asked me it I thought it has changed much over the year. more »»

Regrets, I’ve had a few

February 2, 2015 Last month marked the 67th anniversary of my birth. more »»

A great way to start the day

February 2, 2015 A cup of coffee is a wonderful thing. That thought—or a variation on that theme—occurs to me most mornings as I reach for my first cup of the da. more »»

The four chaplains

February 2, 2015 On Feb. 3, 1943, the Army transport ship Dorchester was torpedoed by a German U-boat while crossing the icy North Atlantic in a convoy. more »»

Fall in love with books in February

January 30, 2015 When I was in 4th grade, I experienced my first tragic romance. I’ve always been an avid reader, and by the time I was nine years old, I was consuming book after book in my free tim. more »»

FFA chapters visit the Capitol

January 30, 2015 This past Tuesday we had FFA Chapters from across the state visit the Capitol. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to eat lunch and visit with the local chapters from Boone and Roland-Story. more »»

Unemployment down to 4.1 percent

January 30, 2015 The unemployment rate in Iowa dropped from 4.3 percent in November to 4.1 percent in December according to the latest Iowa Workforce Development report. more »»

More good eats from the health fair

January 28, 2015 Jam of the Week: “Air” by Waxahatchee Running around town for work has been a bit easier as of late with come unseasonably warm weather. more »»

Warm days of winter

January 27, 2015 With recent weather forecasts projected to reach to the 50 degree mark, I have received many questions from folks wondering what these warm days may do to our trees and plant. more »»

A crazy old coot

January 26, 2015 I was on my way home from the hardware store and felt an urgent need for a donut and a cup of coffee. more »»

A handshake from the heart

January 26, 2015 I found out one morning a few days ago that it was National Hug Day. And, no, that information didn’t come with a hug administered by the co-worker who told me about it. more »»

Taxpayers suffer when IRS misplaces priorities

January 23, 2015 Get ready for the credibility gap to vault north between the IRS and the taxpaying public. more »»

A busy week in Des Moines

January 23, 2015 This week started off a day later than normal due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. more »»

Nutritious eats at the health fair

January 21, 2015 Jam of the Week: “You Don’t Exist if I Don’t See You” by Reverie Sound Revue It was great to see Fuller Hall filled with familiar faces from around the community for the second annual Health Fair... more »»

It's over … now can we talk about it?

January 20, 2015 The 2014-2015 pheasant season has come and gone. Let's talk about it. Not since 1962 have we been able to brag about a pheasant season like this last one. The forecast was righ. more »»

A recent ice-fishing trip

January 20, 2015 just got back from an ice-fishing trip to Big Stone Lake. more »»



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