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Silver lining to the darkest stories

June 1, 2014 Her coppery hair shone like a new penny in the raw light streaming through the open window. more »»

Right versus wrong, life’s choices and consequences

June 1, 2014 Life is full of choices from positive to negative. There are choices that you think will only affect you, but that actually affect those around you as wel. more »»

It’s National Stroke Awareness Month

May 25, 2014 Do you know how to prevent a stroke, how to identify symptoms or what to do if one occurs? National Stroke Awareness month is designated every May to increase public awareness of strokes in effort t... more »»

Of Mouse and (wo)Man

May 18, 2014 People live in the country. Mice live in the country. It is inevitable that, at some point, their paths with intersect. Usually, it ends badly for the rodent. I love animals. Almost all animals. more »»

May is National Mental Health Month in U.S.

May 18, 2014 Since 1949, May has been officially recognized as National Mental Health Month. more »»

Iowa Central to offer youth summer camps

May 11, 2014 Iowa Central Community College is building upon its successful summer camp offerings of the past few years by offering a series of camps aimed at both boys and girls ranging in ages from third grade... more »»

Our home, our community, it is all of our business

May 11, 2014 When is the right time to start a new business? When is the right time to leave an existing business? These are just a couple of questions that are on the forefront of the small business owner of... more »»

Making sure I didn’t wait too long

May 4, 2014 People die every day. It’s that simple. People die too young. They die too healthy. They die too inconveniently. Lots of people spend their lives waiting to do the things they really want to do. more »»

A new generation of thought

May 4, 2014 A new study came out about me, and I learned some things I never knew. Pew Research released its latest study of America’s four, “named,” generations. more »»

You can pay me now, or pay me later

May 4, 2014 Would it come as a surprise to you if I told you we as Iowans are spending more to house people in prisons than we are to educate people in our colleges and universities? Or that it costs more... more »»

Scouting is thriving in north central Iowa

April 27, 2014 There are currently 15 Cub Scout Packs and eight Boy Scout Troops in Twin Lakes District, which serves more than 500 Scouts and 200 adult volunteer leaders in Kossuth, Humboldt, Webster, Pocahontas,... more »»

Compassion

April 27, 2014 About 25 years ago, I heard farmer/storyteller Mike Cotter of Austin, Minn., tell about having to put down Davy, the family dog who was in poor health due to his old age. more »»

Never seen end of ‘Sound of Music’

April 27, 2014 You read the title of this correctly. In my mind the movie stops after the Von Trapp family sings a song to a big room filled with their enemies and the family escapes. more »»

The future just might be in junk

April 20, 2014 We spend a lot of time in our area towns trying to “put on airs” as my grandmother used to term it. more »»

Getting ready for a changing world

April 13, 2014 The great power of digital media has influenced how we interact with one another, how we view the world and our peers in it, and even influenced how we get ours news and break it down into fact... more »»

Nineteenth annual Cake Auction is Saturday

April 6, 2014 So much has happened in the past 12 months both internally and externally to Victim Service delivery in Iowa. more »»

Understanding head and neck cancer

March 30, 2014 The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 118,050 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, throat and thyroid this year. more »»

2014 Fur Ball is Saturday

March 30, 2014 When is a Fur Ball a good thing? When it’s the sixth annual “Bets for Pets” Fur Ball to benefit Almost Home. Mark your calendars for Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. more »»

Unnecessary hunger in the midst of plenty

March 23, 2014 There are things in life that I simply fail to comprehend. One of them is how people can be allowed to go hungry in a community where food is being thrown awa. more »»

On being properly Irish

March 16, 2014 My mother’s family is Irish. We are descended from the Shannons and the O’Flahertys; it’s hard to get more Irish. more »»

 
 

 

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