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  • Becoming ‘Marathon Meseke’

    I used to hate running. Absolutely hated it. That was 10 years ago. The year is now 2016 and I have run six marathons including the Boston Marathon. S ...
    June 27, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • Puppy love

    I awoke with one of those starts that is most memorable because your heart is pounding so strongly in your chest you can hardly breathe. Once I came t ...
    June 27, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • Warning: Labels

    When you use a coffeepot, do you need a warning label to tell you: “Do not hold over people”?Must a ...
    June 27, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • The great class reunion dilemma

    I have my 35th class reunion coming up in a few weeks, and I have absolutely no desire to attend.The ...
    June 24, 2016 - 11:44 am
  • More Chobani Capitalism, please

    This spring, Hamdi Ulukaya — the CEO of the Chobani yogurt company — did something remarkable. He gave his workers a 10 percent ownership stake in the ...
    June 24, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • Episode VII: Attack of the Drones

    One part water, one part hot sauce and one part house cleaner. This is the home cure-all for a “Threat-Level Midnight” wasp invasion — as least accord ...
    June 23, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • Hitchhiking

    My old faithful beater truck was in the shop getting its lungs replaced. The truck and I have something in common, we both wheeze.
    June 23, 2016 - 11:11 am
  • The only sane conclusion from Orlando

    Maybe it was the heartbreaking texts sent by those who expected to die. Or my conversation with a close friend whose loved one miraculously survived. ...
    June 23, 2016 - 11:10 am
  • A little Hardee’s goes a long way

    Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area in the 1970s and 80s, there were tons of fast-food choices.I ...
    June 22, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • Protect our rivers and farms

    Our state’s leaders have failed to protect the public good and now it is on us, as citizens of Iowa, to do as we have done many times before — stand o ...
    June 22, 2016 - 11:51 am
  • I guess I’ll vote yes

    I am reluctantly going to be voting “yes” for the upcoming bond issue to build a new Berg school. My wife and I are 24, have one small child, and plan ...
    June 22, 2016 - 11:50 am
  • Yes, it matters to say ‘radical Islam’

    President Obama took to the microphones on Tuesday to rant about the great evil facing Western civilization: Donald Trump’s insistence that Obama use ...
    June 22, 2016 - 11:50 am
  • Banks deserves recognition

    It was great to see Junior Banks was chosen to lead the Fourth of July parade. In all the time I have known him, he was always cheerful and helpful. J ...
    June 21, 2016 - 11:04 am
  • Bon Appetit

    Kids are known for being picky when it comes to food. Unfortunately my kids are no different, but I feel like there might be hope on the horizon.
    June 21, 2016 - 11:48 am
  • Let’s talk about science

    I like to read about science, mostly because I don’t understand it very well. I’m at home in a history book. I’m never uncomfortable with a novel. Sci ...
    June 21, 2016 - 11:04 am