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  • Celebrating Old Settlers

    Another Old Settlers has come and gone and I think, at least if you ask my kids, it was a good one.P ...
    Aug. 9, 2016 - 11:07 am
  • Friendships and harmony

    Sometimes church potlucks and friendships payoff. This much was true for me the final weeks of July when I fell into two amazing concert opportunities ...
    Aug. 8, 2016 - 10:57 am
  • American pie

    There’s something special about baking a pie — the work, the time, the history — but do you know what’s even better than making a pie? Eating a pie. A ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 11:03 am
  • What have I created?

    Most parents are familiar with those times you’re so proud of your kids, you just fill with pride. Maybe a teacher tells you about an act of kindness ...
    Aug. 5, 2016 - 11:56 am
  • Corn dogs at the ready

    The corn dogs are battered and already in the fryer at one food vendor on the Iowa State Fair Grand Concourse.
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • Dominoes that play God bless America

    I’m not kidding. Arnie DeJaynes, age 92, of New London is still at it. Everyday, like a faithful grandfather clock that keeps on ticking, he goes down ...
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • Support our youth and future generations — vote yes Sept. 13

    It is a privilege to write this column to encourage Newton residents to consider supporting the upcoming bond vote to construct a new Middle School. C ...
    Aug. 4, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • More than two options

    I can’t believe how often I hear Americans say they must vote for a certain candidate because the alternative candidate is terrible, and we must choos ...
    Aug. 3, 2016 - 11:19 am
  • Omaha here we come

    Our first official family vacation is in the books. It only lasted a weekend, and we didn’t travel far, but it was the first time we headed out just a ...
    Aug. 2, 2016 - 10:48 am
  • All dressed in white

    It’s an interesting thing in life to know you have another person who is your exact copy. Being a twin is one of my most treasured things in the world ...
    Aug. 1, 2016 - 11:16 am
  • Fishing adventures

    Diary of a fisherwoman, take two.A few weeks ago, my column discussed my return to the fishing world ...
    July 29, 2016 - 10:49 am
  • Is it Mom clean?

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Oct. 9, 2015Wow, I think it’s finally sinking in.Col ...
    July 29, 2016 - 10:49 am
  • Those who dine together

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Aug. 6, 2015.There was a little Ethiopian food resta ...
    July 28, 2016 - 11:49 am
  • Sunday scam

    It was a hot Sunday afternoon, one of those days when it’s punishing to be outdoors, like when the sweat starts to boil on your forehead. I actually e ...
    July 28, 2016 - 11:47 am
  • No sport draws hate like soccer

    When soccer players flop down onto the turf and seem to exaggerate injury in widely televised international matches, it draws the ire of the social me ...
    July 27, 2016 - 10:47 am