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  • Iowans heed call for pollinator habitat development

    In 2016, the Iowa Farm Service Agency, worked with Iowa farmers and landowners to convert 97,371 acres of cropland to new pollinator habitat plantings ...
    June 20, 2016 - 11:12 am
  • You just ‘do’ for family

    The things we do for our kids!When we begin our journey as parents, wouldn’t you agree we tend to th ...
    June 17, 2016 - 11:49 am
  • Have a catch

    “Hey Dad. You want to have a catch?”Not only is it one of the best lines from one of my all-time fav ...
    June 17, 2016 - 11:48 am
  • Ali vs Orlando

    Muhammad Ali was a boxer known for his tough talk, but the quick-witted practitioner of Islam also believed in peace. Before his death last week at th ...
    June 16, 2016 - 10:52 am
  • Spring on the farm

    This is Ginnie’s and my first spring on the Empty Nest Farm. Sometimes I like to just walk around our little two-and-a-half acre “gentleman’s farm” an ...
    June 16, 2016 - 10:51 am
  • Legacies aren’t created overnight

    As a train headed east from a cold Grinnell train station in December of 1962, it was carrying students headed home for holiday break — some of them h ...
    June 15, 2016 - 11:03 am
  • My water babies

    As a kid, I spent more time at the local pool during the summer than anywhere else. My blonde hair turned green from the chlorine and I had a huge sup ...
    June 14, 2016 - 11:18 am
  • Dog days of summer

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Aug. 25, 2014This time of year the piercing sound of ...
    June 13, 2016 - 11:52 am
  • Newton Fest: A tradition in the making

    A group of ambitious local residents decided to do something exciting for the community — Newton Fes ...
    June 10, 2016 - 12:02 pm
  • Mission accomplished

    Done!We recently took on a weekend project of building a treehouse for our 4-year-old grandson.I car ...
    June 10, 2016 - 11:20 am
  • 30 is the new 30

    Editor’s Note: This column was first published June 11, 2015There is a big day circled on my calenda ...
    June 9, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Observations of the U.K.

    Obesity! There is next to zero obesity in the U.K., which includes children. Why? Fast food! I don’t give a tinker’s darn what the fast-food industry ...
    June 9, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • Missed calls are part of the game

    Missed calls and “bad” calls are a part of every sport — from jai alai to college football to high school soccer, softball and baseball.
    June 8, 2016 - 9:52 am
  • Hometown Pride has first year success in Newton, Jasper County

    It’s hard to believe we are through year one of the Keep Iowa Beautiful Hometown Pride program in Jasper County already. Thanks to a dedicated corps o ...
    June 8, 2016 - 9:52 am
  • Alumni Weekend celebrates Red Pride

    There’s much to be proud of in Newton, and the continuing success of Newton High School is one of the most enduring. The Newton High School Alumni Ass ...
    June 7, 2016 - 11:04 am