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  • Things that go bump

    There’s something odd going on in my house. I’m not necessarily saying it’s haunted, but peculiar things occur and try as I might, I can’t always debu ...
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:29 am
  • Shop local this holiday

    Other places worth visiting: Aleya, Maytag Dairy Farms, Shoe Depot, Game Stop, Cato, Hallmark, Hendrickson's, Skiff Gift Store,
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:29 am
  • Bombs won’t cut it

    When Paris suffered attacks that killed 17 last January — at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket — it responded with great ...
    Nov. 20, 2015 - 10:27 am
  • Thanksgiving on a Pigboat

    It was Thanksgiving Day, 1944. Petty Officer Dean Dixon, from Bloomfield was on duty aboard the submarine, USS Hammerhead, in the South China Sea. The ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Politics don’t belong in refugee crisis conversation

    Martin O’Malley is arguably the least aggressive out of the three candidates running for the Democratic party’s presidential nomination. But in Saturd ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • New guide highlights three holiday scams to watch out for

    While the holidays are known as the season of giving, for con artists, it’s the season of taking. To ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 11:04 am
  • Congrats to the Newton YMCA

    John D. McNeerNewtonI had the privilege of attending the colorful ribbon cutting of the “new and imp ...
    Nov. 19, 2015 - 11:03 am
  • The Bucs stop, with a better product

    Some of the online reviews for Buccaneer Arena say the home of Des Moines’ junior hockey outline the characteristics of the facility and the games acc ...
    Nov. 18, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • Newton events bring families together

    Kelly ZachSarah Carry and family Darrin and Jennifer Nunnikhoven familyNewtonI have been and will al ...
    Nov. 18, 2015 - 10:45 am
  • It is not un-American to prefer Christian refugees

    On Friday, Muslim terrorists murdered 129 people in Paris. At least one of the ISIS perpetrators apparently entered Europe as a “refugee” from Syria — ...
    Nov. 18, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • 10-0

    As far as I know, I have never been a part of making history or setting any significant records. Saturday I was a part of both.
    Nov. 17, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Candidates should focus on children

    Barb MerrillDes MoinesPresidential hopefuls should share solutions for the multitude of issues facin ...
    Nov. 17, 2015 - 10:51 am
  • Iowa will benefit from pipeline project

    Ryan HollinrakeEllstonWe constantly hear talk about American energy independence, but rarely do we h ...
    Nov. 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • Smoke-free projects

    It’s hard to find an issue that truly unites liberal and conservative in today’s split-down-the-middle, name-calling America. What is liberal is n ...
    Nov. 17, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • Misplaced blame in prescription costs

    Tom L. SlaterDes MoinesIt doesn’t really surprise me that Americans for Prosperity would drag out th ...
    Nov. 17, 2015 - 10:45 am