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Gardening for birds

February 10, 2015 While February is still too early to start most garden plants from seed, it is a good time to think about seeds for our outdoor feathered friends. more »»

Too much of a good thing

February 10, 2015 Sometimes on life's journey we acquire beliefs we consider “gospel,” which we come to believe almost absolutely and are unlikely to question. more »»

Which boat is best for you?

February 10, 2015 It’s Boat Show and Sportshow season across North America. It’s also the season when many anglers and boaters are looking for a different boat for the upcoming fishing and boating seaso. more »»

No hoity-toity food for this country boy

February 9, 2015 My siblings and I grew up on meat, potatoes and vegetables. Some fruit and desserts, too. And cookies, cake and pie. Also, homemade bread and cinnamon rolls. more »»

Being a good neighbor

February 9, 2015 I’m not sure we know what it means to be neighborly any more. more »»

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 »»



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