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Opinion

Cowboy shoot returns

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Stop - this is it. If you like cowboy stuff, if you like western things and to shoot western guns, then you won't want to miss this event, even if you just want to stand around and watch others shoot.If so, then mark your calendars and circle the date. On Saturday, June 21, the Ikes have ...

Earlier or later?

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May is a month for planting, and most vegetable crops and flowers can now be planted in the garden. However, the timing of when to plant them out is critical. Tender transplants like tomato, pepper, and eggplant may not survive the cold if planted too early. Even as late as May 14, there is ...

Iowa nice? Nebraska nice?

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There's a battle brewing over niceness. Talk about an oxymoron!You may remember that last year Scott Siepker made a You Tube video extolling the virtues of Iowa and Iowans. It was called "Iowa Nice."A couple of weeks ago the State of Nebraska introduced a tourism brand called "Nebraska Nice." ...

The doors all around us

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At the end of the day as I pulled into my driveway a few weeks ago, I reached up and hit the button to open my garage door, like I always do. Only this time was different. The garage door didn't open. I tried again. Nothing. I pushed it once more, and still no action. No gently rising ...

Dream big, Class of 2014

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The Class of 2014 will graduate from high school on the heels of welcome news that fewer of their peers are dropping out of school. Recently released data from the U.S. Department of Education show America hit its highest-ever high school graduation rate when the Class of 2012 topped 80 ...

UDMO official offers thanks for Southfield donation

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. would like to extend our gratitude to Southfield Wellness Community and those who participated in their recent Annual Hog Roast.The monetary donation in the amount of $1,000 will help UDMO keep the food pantry stocked during the summer. When ...

Annual St. Thomas Ball raises $179,000

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To the Editor:We all hold a Key to the Success of our children, our future leaders of this community. God's presence was with us as we prepared for this wonderful event for St. Thomas Aquinas School. He graced us with dedicated and talented people to help plan the event.Thank you to our parish, ...

Breaking the news

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Jam of the Week: "Bizness" by Tune-YardsEvery day, there are many things worth of our attention in Hamilton County. However, people across the state don't often catch news that comes from our section of Iowa. That wasn't the case last week when Governor Terry Branstad signaled his support for a ...

Clean water rules

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OK, class listen up. If you like clean water, raise your hand. Unless, you're "The Toxic Avenger," a B-movie superhero created by toxic waste, you probably want clean water. It tastes better, is better for you and makes for better fishing, hunting, boating and swimming than water filled with ...

Buying tomato plants – Is bigger better?

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Tomatoes are one of the most popular garden plants grown over 85 percent of all gardens include tomatoes. When selecting tomato plants at your local greenhouse, there are several points to consider for healthy plants.Larger tomato plants are available, some with blossoms and may even have ...

An open letter to the Class of 2014

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Dear Graduate:It doesn't seem fair, does it? You put in 13 years of hard time and before they spring you have to wear a long, hot gown and a funny square hat with strings hanging from it. Then you have to listen to someone tell you how much promise you have and how you can truly change the ...

Kids plan for Mother’s Day

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If there's a holiday that's more of a Hallmark moment than Mother's Day, I sure don't know what it is.Now, I don't believe that Mother's Day is wrong, mostly because we all need to be reminded every now and again to stop and take the time to thank our moms for all they do and for all they are. ...

The boundless energy of toddlers

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I'm learning more and more about this whole grandparenting thing. Every time I see my three little kiddos, I discover something that I hadn't known before.We picked up the two oldest grandchildren last weekend. Their mom and dad needed a little down time. They got some much needed rest and time ...

Honoring veterans on Memorial Day

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Memorial Day is quickly approaching, and there will be many events and programs in the area for the public to attend and honor our veterans. This holiday is a time of reflection and remembrance. Learning more about the different wars and engagements the United States has been a part of can ...

A fishy way to start the day

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Jam of the Week: "Fade White" by BathsWhile my cooking escapades have produced many great lunch and dinner dishes, my breakfasts have still been pretty basic. I'm still rolling out of bed in the morning to pour a bowl of cereal. It's not necessarily the worst thing in the world to wake up with ...

We only have one truck

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Back in February, we may remember that month as the one with some snow and tornado like winds. People's favorite expression then was "I can't remember when we have had a winter like this." In my case, "I don't want to hear about it" when children or friends called and told us how much they were ...

Going to need a DVR for upcoming election season

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:We're all going to need a digital video recorder for the upcoming election to record our TV programs and fast forward through the untruthful, misleading political ads from PACs (political action committees). This is due to earlier and recent Supreme Court decisions allowing ...

Concert had many ‘goosebump’ moments

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To the Editor:The Fort Dodge Choral Society presented "Creation of the World" on Sunday afternoon at the St. Olaf Lutheran Church. If you missed it, you missed a concert full of "goose bump" moments. The story, the quality of the musicians and the presentation were beyond description. Many ...

Browning of evergreens – To prune or not to prune?

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When driving around town this spring, you may have noticed many evergreens with brown needles, brown needle tips or branches. One would naturally assume this to be winter injury due to the cold temperatures, but most likely the browning was caused by another type of winter injury ...

Still curious after all these years

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Children go through a stage when they can ask questions non-stop for hours. Where do babies come from, Daddy? Why is that man so fat? How do cows make milk? What's my belly button for? If men don't get breasts why do boys have these things?It's a wonderful time in the life of children but after ...