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  • Put phone down, slowly back away

    There are a hundred reasons to check out a new restaurant. Online resources allow us, given the time, the chance to find all sorts of positive and neg ...
    May 25, 2016 - 12:06 pm
  • The last day of school

    On Friday, both of my daughters had their last day of school. The last day of school for pre-schoolers is a field trip to Blank Park Zoo along with lu ...
    May 24, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • What’s fit to print

    Newspapers have a long history of providing critical information to voters. Two years ago last fall I was excited to be involved with our launch of El ...
    May 23, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • I love weekend projects

    We have a good thing going at my house ... an easy, calm, relaxing existence. However, on occasion, someone throws a monkey wrench into the mix. Somet ...
    May 20, 2016 - 11:04 am
  • Throw-away society

    We live in a throw away society. I am well aware of this fact because I am as guilty of it as anyone. If something breaks, oftentimes, instead of tryi ...
    May 20, 2016 - 11:07 am
  • Creesville

    Most passersby know Batavia for its BP Convenience Store located close to the Hwy 34 bypass. If they venture into Batavia, they will find a small comm ...
    May 19, 2016 - 11:46 am
  • Look deeper, don’t scrub out

    Driving home from the grocery store is a pretty mundane task. I shop for my basics at a store on Fleur Drive on Des Moines’ southwest side and the dri ...
    May 19, 2016 - 11:47 am
  • No need to be ‘best class ever’

    There is no need to be the “best graduating class ever.” Every high school and college graduating class is unique enough; it would be tough to compare ...
    May 18, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • Time to party

    You might think I am crazy, and at certain moments I would have to agree with you, but for my daughter’s fifth birthday party on Saturday, I invited 2 ...
    May 17, 2016 - 11:30 am
  • Lilacs in bloom

    On my walk to work, I pass a row of lilac bushes. The scent is ingrained in my memory. I could pick it out anywhere. At this time of year when the blo ...
    May 16, 2016 - 10:56 am
  • The lifelong guilt of Bob Ebeling

    Seven names haunted Bob Ebeling every day for the last 30 years of his life — Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Jud ...
    May 13, 2016 - 11:02 am
  • Marie Hainline, saved again

    Many people know Marie Hainline from the Bonaparte Retreat Restaurant in Bonaparte. If you’ve had lunch there, she has probably waited on you. Marie i ...
    May 12, 2016 - 11:24 am
  • The trek to country school

    Editor’s Note: This column first published in the Aug. 13, 2015 edition of the Jasper County Tribune.
    May 12, 2016 - 11:24 am
  • Russia is an ally of, well, no one

    Growing up near our nation’s capital, I didn’t see or hear much about Russian people or culture, there was only an occasional glimpse of older men bei ...
    May 11, 2016 - 11:13 am
  • Because moms are the best

    As far as Mother’s Days go, ours was not super exciting. My “present” was getting to go grocery shopping on my own, which really is great and treating ...
    May 10, 2016 - 11:28 am