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  • The trek to country school

    One of my first memories of the Iowa State Fair begins on the operation table in a small medical clinic at Southridge Mall. It sounds like a bleak way ...
    Aug. 13, 2015 - 10:24 am
  • Awards should be only for top performers

    Sometimes, while I’m hearing someone run down a long list of a young student’s accomplishments, I’m quite impressed. I almost expect to hear about an ...
    Aug. 12, 2015 - 11:06 am
  • Part 2: Newton’s street names

    In part one of our story it became apparent that there was a great deal of unhappiness with the “High-Numbered” street plan and everyone seemed to hav ...
    Aug. 11, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • We’re loud and proud

    Another busy weekend is in the books, and it amazes me what all we can pack into three days. From back-to-school shopping, Old Settlers and continued ...
    Aug. 11, 2015 - 11:15 am
  • I kind of like Newton

    If someone asked me four years ago whether or not I liked Newton, I would’ve rolled my eyes and said I cannot wait to get out of this town. I had my h ...
    Aug. 10, 2015 - 11:35 am
  • Milwaukee with the Malotts

    We spent Tuesday driving to our hotel, which was about six hours away. On the way, we drove through Sterling and Dixon, Ill., home of Shaw Media, and ...
    Aug. 7, 2015 - 11:16 am
  • Wilbur Swindler swindles old age

    You might know, he lives on Friendly Lane in Ottumwa. How apropos. On his wall is a sign, in the shape of a puzzle piece, that reads: “Live Life, Neve ...
    Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:47 am
  • Those who dine together

    There was a little Ethiopian food restaurant in downtown Iowa City which gave a Midwestern home of Chickpea Wat, Injera — or flat bread — and savory E ...
    Aug. 6, 2015 - 10:49 am
  • Candidates at least get people talking

    Most of us form opinions of government leaders or candidates for office based on very little information. There simply does not seem to be enough hour ...
    Aug. 5, 2015 - 10:41 am
  • A love, hate relationship

    My family has a love, hate relationship with carpet. My husband loves it, and I hate it.In the first ...
    Aug. 4, 2015 - 11:33 am
  • Immune system, don’t fail me now

    For whatever reason, I have a certain knack for becoming ill during trips just occasionally enough to make it unpredictable, but not unexpected.
    Aug. 3, 2015 - 11:50 am
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