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  • Get outside this weekend

    As summer begins to wrap up in the coming weeks, make sure to enjoy this nice Indian summer weather with some outdoor events.
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Daytime adventurer

    There sure is a lot of fun that comes along with grandparenting.I’m not talking about the classic gr ...
    Aug. 26, 2016 - 10:51 am
  • ‘Come with me if you want to live’

    Editor’s Note: This column orginailly published on Sept 9, 2015.We were backing out of the Dowling C ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Aronia, alternative crop for farmers?

    Aug. 19: Harvest day on the Mark and Jane McConeghey farm outside of Monroe. The mechanical harvester moves through the lush, green aronia bushes sele ...
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Sounds like an (un)broken record

    I didn’t have a large record collection growing up. I don’t remember our family having a ton of extra money. We had a place to live and food to eat, b ...
    Aug. 24, 2016 - 11:40 am
  • Our first day

    Tuesday is a big day. My baby is going to kindergarten.I really thought I was ready. There are so ma ...
    Aug. 23, 2016 - 11:33 am
  • A beloved river town

    When my husband launches into the story of his times in the northeast Iowa city of Guttenberg, he can get to rambling on. There are the summers of his ...
    Aug. 22, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • I love Malcolm Gladwell

    Inside my house in the living room is a tall bookshelf where four of Malcom Gladwell’s five books stand: “Tipping Point,” “Blink,” “Outliers” and “Dav ...
    Aug. 19, 2016 - 11:56 am
  • Just think about it

    Do you have any idea how difficult it is to watch your loved one get dressed for work every day when there is a target on his back? To wear a bullet p ...
    Aug. 19, 2016 - 11:57 am
  • Committed to community

    Last week the vital role newspapers play was thrust into the national spotlight by comedian John Oliver.
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 9:07 am
  • Nifty 50 class reunion

    Fifty of anything is worthy of pause, celebration and reminiscence. So it was with my 50th high school class reunion. We met, we talked, we ate, all o ...
    Aug. 18, 2016 - 9:06 am
  • Less price gouging, please

    According to a recent Bloomberg News report, Apple, Inc.’s next MacBook Pro lineup might include significant changes to its appearance and hardware.
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 10:44 am
  • More than just names on a wall

    Forty-eight years ago today, Aug. 17, 1968, an armored personnel carrier made its way through the Binh Dinh province of Vietnam. Like most Army squadr ...
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 10:44 am
  • Wedding season

    This summer and fall we have a boom of weddings to attend. One stretch has us attending a ceremony three weekends in a row.
    Aug. 16, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Blast in Branson

    My recent trip to Branson was so fun and relaxing that I experienced a slight case of the blues when I returned home. Vacation is such a wonderful tim ...
    Aug. 15, 2016 - 10:42 am