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  • Volunteers make blood drive a success

    Thanks to all the wonderful blood donors who volunteered their time to make a life-saving blood donation at the recent Kellogg and Killduff Communitie ...
    April 29, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • JCCA offers wide variety of entertainment

    “Groovy” and “Far out!” — those 70s expressions, perfectly describe the JCCA’s final concert of the 2015-16 season. Attendees cheered enthusiastically ...
    April 29, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Birds eye view

    In our house, we’re a bird family. Grandfather’s stone bird bath and mom’s bird house collection have left me curious and sensitive to these small and ...
    April 29, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • The good old days?

    “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days, before you’ve actually left them.”Viewe ...
    April 29, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • ‘We gather here today...’

    During the 2015 Christmas season, I had a driveway moment while listening to NPR. “All Things Considered” was previewing Prince’s 39th — yes that’s th ...
    April 28, 2016 - 10:46 am
  • Jasper County Conservation’s Environmental Education program

    Has your child or grandchild ever come home from school and excitedly reported that Katie Cantu or Greg Oldsen came to visit? Did you have any idea wh ...
    April 28, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Spring reading

    One of my readers recommended “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, about “Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Oly ...
    April 28, 2016 - 10:43 am
  • Virtuosos give us reason to celebrate

    Joe Satriani, Janis Joplin and Prince are musicians who give us a reason to celebrate.One of the dic ...
    April 27, 2016 - 10:24 am
  • Women need affordable health care

    Thirty-eight thousand Iowans receive high quality, low cost, accessible health care from Planned Parenthood each year. Clinics offer women of all ages ...
    April 27, 2016 - 10:23 am
  • Kelley represents important values

    I am writing to thank Rep. Dan Kelley for his support for Equal Pay for Women, an issue that has plagued our country since women first entered the wor ...
    April 27, 2016 - 10:22 am
  • Leftist morality never stops shifting

    The rules of bigotry according to the left represent a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of nonsense. Recently we learned that if you don’t want your s ...
    April 27, 2016 - 10:22 am
  • More choices for more women

    As the 2016 Iowa Legislative session is winding down, the finishing touches are being applied to the various budget bills that need to be passed befor ...
    April 26, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Facing my fears

    Last weekend I did something I normally avoid: gardening. I like the outdoors, flowers and most things green, but lurking beneath the soil is probably ...
    April 26, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • An exciting new opportunity for my readers

    In your emails to me, many of you have mentioned I don’t write enough columns reflecting your opinions about guns, Jesus, political correctness, the F ...
    April 26, 2016 - 11:37 am
  • Teen Beat, Doogie and bragging rights

    When I was growing up, there was nothing quite like diving into the latest edition of Teen Beat, searching for the celebrity centerfold poster and sec ...
    April 25, 2016 - 11:06 am