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Be grateful for the early warning

February 21, 2014 So, it’s been a while since we’ve had a storm move in as quickly and as severely as this most recent mess. more »»

Fragrance — a memory trigger

February 19, 2014 Have you ever noticed how a certain fragrance can trigger a memory in a way that our other senses can’t? It’s interesting how such a thought can come on so quickly from something as fleeting as a... more »»

Coping with winter

February 18, 2014 Winter is coping time for wildlife. We humans as members of the planet's most ingenious species do not necessarily endure the weather. Instead, we've found ways to offset the worst climatic extremes. more »»

An old man’s thoughts on weddings

February 17, 2014 Attending weddings has never been near the top of my favorite-things-to-do list. This year, however, I have already attended two, each as a guest of a friend of the families. more »»

Ready for family to gather

February 14, 2014 We’re going to have a whole houseful of family this weekend — the first time in about six months since we’ve had the opportunity to spend some time together. more »»

Build skills with LearningExpress

February 14, 2014 Do you want to improve your computer skills? Learn how to use a new software program? Maybe you have a teenager who will be taking the ACT this spring and want them to start preparing for the big... more »»

Choosing an insurance plan

February 11, 2014 Open enrollment under the new health insurance system continues until March 31, so now is the time to get enrolled if you need health insurance. more »»

The language of fly fishing

February 11, 2014 We’ve talked about this before ... you and I. For obvious reasons, I spend a vast amount of the year noodling around the rural regions of the country. more »»

Living off my assets

February 10, 2014 It was 1966, the year I graduated from high school and the year I began working at the radio station in the county seat. more »»

A century ago in Kamrar

February 10, 2014 These two simple, run-of-the-mill school spiral notebooks sit on the bookshelf in my office. They don’t look like much really—just your basic lined paper school notebook. more »»

Books of a lifetime

February 7, 2014 Amazon, that online repository of books and just about everything else, recently released its list of 100 books to read in a lifetime. more »»

Moving forward at the state capitol

February 6, 2014 In preparation for upcoming floor debate and moving forward with proposed legislation, week four at the Capitol has consisted of many subcommittee meetings for multiple bills. more »»

Where is socialism when we need it?

February 6, 2014 To the Editor: A farm bill is working its way through Congress. If passed, it will pay 62 percent of the farmer's crop insurance. The Des Moines Register reports that travelers have lost 2. more »»

Upset WC social worker’s license was suspended

February 6, 2014 To the Editor: As someone who has benefitted greatly from local counselor, Tom Follett, MSW, I was disturbed to learn of a suspension of his license. more »»

Robin sightings continue

February 4, 2014 Here we go again. Robins. More robins. more »»

World traveler, Iowa style

February 3, 2014 Next Christmas when your rich relatives brag about their trips abroad, join in the discussion. Crow about your trips to exotic places and no one will have to know you never left Iowa. more »»

On the move

February 3, 2014 Moving is on my mind these days, and not only because of the column on that topic that my cohort columnist wrote last week. more »»

An artistic legacy

January 31, 2014 My January 17 column focused on the literary legacy at Kendall Young Library, this week I will explore the artistic legacy that can be found in the library building and in the town of Webster Ci. more »»

Legislative session completes third week

January 31, 2014 This week started off fast with the 46-0 passage of SF 303, a bill eliminating the income tax on veterans’ retirement pay. more »»

Trail talk from here and there

January 28, 2014 Lots of “trail talk” this week from here and there about this and that. First off is an interesting note I received from Bob Woodruff of Ames about last week's column about warming and cooling. more »»



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