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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 »»

Does God have a sense of humor?

January 19, 2015 Years ago I considered writing a book about funny things that happen in church. “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven” would make a good title, I thought. more »»

New year, new goals

January 19, 2015 Now that we are past halfway into the first month of this new year, like the editor I wonder how you’re doing with your resolutions for 2015. Maybe you’re like me and don’t make any resolution. more »»

A humanities resolution challenge

January 16, 2015 How goes the New Year's resolutions? Did you make any? A lot of people didn't or have already let them fall by the wayside. There was a great post on Facebook earlier this week. more »»

Finding the fun in winter

January 16, 2015 The other day I was asked the question: “As a brand-new Iowan, what do you think about Iowa winters?” My response: “Well, now I know why you all are so amazingly resilien. more »»

A history of chocolate

January 13, 2015 As I was recently invited to judge the Festival of Chocolate, Kendall Young Library’s annual fundraiser, I thought I would share some information on chocolate with readers. more »»

Want more fish? Keep moving

January 13, 2015 As we get farther into the ice-fishing season, it becomes important that we vary our methods for catching fish a little bit. more »»



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