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  • Column: Action and Reaction

    Full confession from a science geek — I never took physics in high school or college. Every time it came up on the class registration forms I avoided ...
    Sept. 15, 2016 - 10:54 am
  • Two books

    Here are two books, both by female authors, and both, I’ll tell you before hand, I’m awarding the coveted Empty Nest 10. By and large, I find female a ...
    Sept. 15, 2016 - 10:45 am
  • Column: The day the music died — again

    Many refer to Feb. 2, 1959 as “The Day the Music Died,” with the Clear Lake plane crash that took the lives of three talented musicians marking a chan ...
    Sept. 25, 2016 - 10:46 am
  • Community colleges strengthen lives, families and businesses

    Community colleges continue to play an important role in our bipartisan efforts to expand Iowa’s middle class.
    Sept. 13, 2016 - 10:22 am
  • Column: Fight, fight, fight for Iowa

    I have been to a lot of Iowa vs. Iowa State football games. I got season tickets my freshman year of college and have been a season ticket holder ever ...
    Sept. 13, 2016 - 10:29 am
  • A September to Remember

    Historically, September has been a challenging month for the men and women of the Newton Police Department. Sadly, the department has had two officers ...
    Sept. 12, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Column: My brain on grocery shopping

    Editor’s Note: This column originally published Sept. 8, 2014. Alright, I’m going to make this quic ...
    Sept. 12, 2016 - 11:37 am
  • Column: Learning the hard way

    Diary of a fisherwoman, take three. It’s Fishing 101: always be careful when casting. You want to h ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • The club sandwich generation

    I am so “over” summer.As the mother of three adults, grandmother of one, daughter and daughter-in-la ...
    Sept. 9, 2016 - 10:40 am
  • Buddy celebrates National Dog Day

    Social media was full of dog pictures, cute little fluffy doggies doing tricks, and big slobbery mongrels asleep in playpens with babies. It was Natio ...
    Sept. 8, 2016 - 10:47 am
  • Column: My campus tour

    Game day in Iowa City is like no other experience I’ve had in my life. The energy and enthusiasm of the students and the pride exhibited by the young ...
    Sept. 8, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Column: Smashing time in Colfax

    I had the opportunity to see the Colfax Demolition Derby last weekend, and I thought it was a great way to spend a Saturday night.
    Sept. 2, 2016 - 10:34 am
  • What makes home home?

    My girl-child, Avery, recently made a comment that caught me a little off guard. She said although she has her own place that she loves, it is my hous ...
    Sept. 2, 2016 - 10:30 am
  • Column: Science and athletics do mix

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Oct. 29, 2015. Professional athletes will sometimes ...
    Sept. 1, 2016 - 10:34 am
  • Sister Susan’s prayer

    This story was told to me by one of my readers.I’m from a large family. I have three sisters and two ...
    Sept. 1, 2016 - 10:25 am