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A pizza of my own

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Jam of the Week: "Star Guitar" by The Chemical BrothersHolidays are a a great reason to spend some time with family, and spending some time with family is a great reason to make up some good food.Before visiting the folks in Missouri this weekend, I realized that it would be a rare opportunity ...

Summertime and the livin’ is easy

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Within the next week or so, if not already, public schools will have dismissed for the summer. Though it's been nearly 50 years since I was a public school student I remember well the excitement of summer vacation.For the Huisman kids, summer vacation was delayed by Vacation Bible School. Like ...

Rhubard — the pie plant

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Rhubarb - most folks consider rhubarb to be a spring delicacy. When driving through town or the country, you will probably notice most gardens contain a clump of rhubarb. But whether you love it or hate it, during this time of year, the tart and tangy rhubarb is at its flavor peak.Although ...

Rhubarb – the pie plant

Local Columns

Rhubarb - most folks consider rhubarb to be a spring delicacy. When driving through town or the country, you will probably notice most gardens contain a clump of rhubarb. But whether you love it or hate it, during this time of year, the tart and tangy rhubarb is at its flavor peak.Although ...

A pizza of my own

Local Columns

Jam of the Week: "Star Guitar" by The Chemical BrothersHolidays are a a great reason to spend some time with family, and spending some time with family is a great reason to make up some good food.Before visiting the folks in Missouri this weekend, I realized that it would be a rare opportunity ...

Summertime and the livin’ is easy

Local Columns

Within the next week or so, if not already, public schools will have dismissed for the summer. Though it's been nearly 50 years since I was a public school student I remember well the excitement of summer vacation.For the Huisman kids, summer vacation was delayed by Vacation Bible School. Like ...

Ewings offer thanks for benefit

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Thank you does not nearly seem enough for the gratitude we feel for everyone who made the benefit for Jean Ewing a huge success.Thank you to Anita Witte and Missy Ewing for all of their hard work collecting donations, organizing everything, setting up the hall, making food and ...

Ewings offer thanks for benefit

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:Thank you does not nearly seem enough for the gratitude we feel for everyone who made the benefit for Jean Ewing a huge success.Thank you to Anita Witte and Missy Ewing for all of their hard work collecting donations, organizing everything, setting up the hall, making food and ...

Continuing the tradition

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It's hard to believe that Memorial Day weekend is here already. After the long, cold, snowy winter, this weekend traditionally marks the start of summer. Kids will soon be out of school, summer sports will begin and the county fair is just around the corner.But for most people, Memorial Day is ...

Books for babies

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"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." - Dr. SeussGraduation Season. This is the time of year when students look forward with hope to an exciting and successful future. But, as graduates are looking forward, most of their ...

A twist on summer salads

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Jam of the Week: "King Of The Streets" by LazerhawkWith the coming of summer temperatures also comes a good time to make some nice, light salads. Well, it's also a good time to grill up some burgers, but I'll let that disparity go for now. It turns out that a recent cooking recommendation was a ...

Book sale a success for KYL

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:A very successful book sale was held recently and produced income of $2500 to be used to fund projects of the library. Only with the support of those who donate and buy books and the many volunteers who sort and arrange the books, tapes and magazines can this semi-annual sale ...

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 ...