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  • Column: Stack this!

    Do you know the second place score in this year’s impromptu Jasper County Fair adult Oreo stacking contest? I do, it’s 23. How do I know? Because it’s ...
    July 24, 2017 - 10:34 am
  • Our evolution to boring

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Feb. 3, 2017.It’s officially official... hubby and I ...
    July 21, 2017 - 10:11 am
  • Column: On Bushong Pond

    Nestled in a private corner of Poweshiek County, there is a place that is the picture of peace and tranquility. It is a place that could easily be mis ...
    July 20, 2017 - 11:24 am
  • So it goes

    People will always tell you that the first step is the hardest, but that’s a lie. When you decide to take up running after a lifelong hiatus, all of t ...
    July 19, 2017 - 9:59 am
  • Column: Thunder the horse

    Editor’s note: This column originally published July 19, 2016. From the first time she heard thunde ...
    July 18, 2017 - 11:05 am
  • My campus tour

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Sept. 9, 2016.Game day in Iowa City is like no other ...
    July 17, 2017 - 12:36 pm
  • Let’s all sing along

    I know every word to all eight and a half minutes of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” I was nine years old when it was released and I played the 45 vinyl ...
    July 14, 2017 - 9:56 am
  • MDA Lock-Up

    “You’re one of Newton’s Most Wanted.”I was going about my daily routine at the newspaper when my off ...
    July 13, 2017 - 9:57 am
  • The people behind Juno

    Editor’s note: This column originally published July 14, 2016.The 24-hour cable news cycle and socia ...
    July 14, 2017 - 3:49 pm
  • Column: Sweet small town traditions

    I’ve always grown up as a small town girl, and before you start singing lyrics from Journey’s “Small Town Girl,” I pretty much grew up in the middle o ...
    July 12, 2017 - 10:27 am
  • Column: We’re going on vacation

    Following the Fourth of July holiday, my family headed out for our second family vacation. This year our destination was the Wisconsin Dells and the K ...
    July 11, 2017 - 10:45 am
  • Column: Saying ‘yes’ to a dress

    So my girl child, Avery, recently had reconstructive foot surgery. Because she and her fiancé have three rambunctious fur-babies in their house, she o ...
    July 7, 2017 - 10:42 am
  • Column: Summer adventures continue

    Confession time, I lead a relatively simple life; but I like to pull from some of my more adventurous moments to share in this column. I seem to be pl ...
    July 6, 2017 - 10:18 am
  • Column: All for the fame

    If I get 20 or 30 likes on a photo on social media, I’m happy. Heck, I don’t care if I get way less than that.
    July 5, 2017 - 10:52 am
  • Column: Corndogs at the ready

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Aug. 8, 2016. The corn dogs are battered and alread ...
    July 3, 2017 - 10:21 am