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  • We did it!

    We did it. We made it a whole week without my husband and everyone survived — even our fish. I have ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 11:00 am
  • Love it or leave it

    Editor’s Note: This column was orginally published Jan. 12, 2015.Well, here you are again, Old Man W ...
    Jan. 25, 2016 - 11:18 am
  • Tales of a winter birthday

    Your birthday should always be a special day. It’s the day your story begins and is something you will acknowledge for the rest of your life.
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 11:47 am
  • Even grown-up girls just wanna have fun

    I’m a cautious person by nature — well, maybe it was environmental conditioning. When I was young, I grew up hearing “someone always sees everything y ...
    Jan. 22, 2016 - 11:47 am
  • Ghost(s)

    I was dog tired, both physically and mentally, from the stress of moving. Ginnie was staying overnight in Ottumwa, getting her house ready to put on t ...
    Jan. 21, 2016 - 10:54 am
  • Big upsets with a side of Iowa pride

    Last week Iowa officially became the state where No. 1 ranked teams come to lose. All three of the state’s public universities have beaten topped-rate ...
    Jan. 26, 2016 - 4:42 pm
  • We can always agree to disagree

    President Obama said during his final State of the Union address last week that he has few regrets moving into the final year of his presidency with o ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 12:44 pm
  • Bowie reminded us why we need art

    As the passing of entertainers becomes more and more high-profile with the growth of digital media, there’s the pushback that we should be honoring mi ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • Declining revenue will make budget process difficult

    Last week, we began the second year of the 86th General Assembly with the House and Senate getting back to work. Business ramped up Tuesday with the g ...
    Jan. 20, 2016 - 10:50 am
  • On my own

    It has started — my week as a single parent.I don’t have room to complain that my husband is off wit ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 10:41 am
  • Branstad overlooks other options for school funding, water quality

    The 2016 session opened last week and it was great to see my colleagues from all over Iowa again. After legislative leaders offered their agenda for s ...
    Jan. 19, 2016 - 4:38 pm
  • Iowa needs a bigger, stronger middle class

    Last Monday we gaveled in at the Statehouse to begin the 2016 legislative session. Over the next few months, we’ll be working to improve Iowa’s econom ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Shop talk

    Approximately 2.5 billion adults around the world read print newspapers.92 percent of women ages 25- ...
    Jan. 18, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Time to seize the day

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it! These famous words might have been used by newspaper boys around the turn of the 20th century. Those “NEWSIES” came t ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Tell me your troubles

    I missed my calling.I’m not sure exactly when I became so wise, but I’m a master when it comes to di ...
    Jan. 15, 2016 - 10:52 am