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  • What I’ve learned from weight loss

    like finding your Christmas presents three weeks before Christmas. You're in the basement doing laundry when in the corner of your eye you see wrapped ...
    Oct. 2, 2015 - 10:50 am
  • Smoke alarms: an important part of fire safety

    If I asked you where your smoke alarms are in your home, could you tell me? If you’re like many people, you may not pay much attention to where smoke ...
    Oct. 2, 2015 - 10:46 am
  • Pappy’s old time tractor restoration

    On the banks of Big Creek, on the west side of Mt. Pleasant, on Business 34, is a brand new shop with a whole bunch of real “purdy” old tractors parke ...
    Oct. 1, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • The business of academia

    As a Hawkeye freshman 12 years ago, I went to a welcome week block party on the red-brick road passing the university president’s mansion. The Univers ...
    Oct. 1, 2015 - 12:08 pm
  • Special-event jerseys: The new gold bling

    Imagine if you were about to go in for major surgery. After you’re wheeled into an operating room, a public address announcer’s voice interrupts.
    Sept. 30, 2015 - 11:12 am
  • What you see at a craft show

    I have been participating in craft shows for about eight years and am always amazed at what people come up with to sell. As trends come and go, so do ...
    Sept. 29, 2015 - 11:21 am
  • The Dallas Clark effect

    Well, I’m going to have to go to the Blake Shelton concert at Kinnick Stadium, even though I can’t name a single song of his.
    Sept. 28, 2015 - 11:44 am
  • The time I spent two days with five farmers

    The past few weeks, I've been working on a project for our Central Iowa AG Magazine that comes out the first week of November.
    Sept. 25, 2015 - 11:24 am
  • The Pope we need

    For full disclosure, I am not a confirmed Catholic. I have only been to mass a handful of times in my life, and I respectfully claim ignorance to the ...
    Sept. 29, 2015 - 1:42 pm
  • Cheeto the Bandito

    Since writing about Ole Sharpie, I have been inundated with stories about Mt. Pleasant’s most infamous dog. Seems as though anyone who has spent much ...
    Sept. 24, 2015 - 11:28 am
  • Some celebs can’t be ‘normal’

    There is no retreating into a so-called normal life for certain celebrities — but there should be.Wh ...
    Sept. 23, 2015 - 11:41 am
  • Homegrown fuel is good for Iowa

    Iowa has a generous supply of energy producing resources. In addition to wind and our emerging solar industry, Iowa is a leader in homegrown biofuels, ...
    Sept. 22, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Under the lights

    Home sweet home. That is how it felt as I walked through the gates at Kinnick Stadium Saturday. For the first time since 2012, the Hawkeyes were hosti ...
    Sept. 22, 2015 - 11:10 am
  • Law and border

    How many wars can we fight?Our presidential candidates demand “stronger action” against both illegal ...
    Sept. 21, 2015 - 11:31 am
  • An uphill fight against misconceptions

    Editor's Note: This column originally published Nov. 24, 2014.Last week I found myself standing with ...
    Sept. 21, 2015 - 11:31 am
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