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  • Soak up the summer sun

    With summer nearly half over, have you had the chance to soak up the sun yet? Before summer passes, take some time to go outside, relax in the grass a ...
    July 8, 2016 - 11:54 am
  • It’s my ‘go-to’

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Oct. 21, 2015.Everyone has their favorite comfort fo ...
    July 8, 2016 - 10:59 am
  • Woman crosses US on highwheeler

    Carolyn Carter, 68, will be the first woman to cross the United States on a highwheeler. A highwheeler is one of those old fashioned bikes with the hu ...
    July 7, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • The people behind Juno

    The 24-hour cable news cycle and social media feeds are littered with stories of failed government — United States political turmoil, United Kingdom’s ...
    July 7, 2016 - 11:29 am
  • Clearing some misconceptions about felons and voting

    Despite what you might have read or heard recently, felons are not permanently barred from voting in Iowa. There are a lot of misconceptions regarding ...
    July 7, 2016 - 11:26 am
  • We’ve still got the beat

    There are many advantages to living in central Iowa. For a city boy like myself, it goes beyond learning that food, washing machines and fuel didn’t m ...
    July 6, 2016 - 12:07 pm
  • Fiscal responsibility is paying off

    The State of Iowa remains in good financial shape, according to independent analysis by the Iowa State Auditor and others.
    July 6, 2016 - 12:07 pm
  • We’re done, for now

    Our first big project in our new house is coming to an end. After more than six months of work, we will finally be able to live normally in our new li ...
    July 5, 2016 - 11:32 am
  • Vacation vs. stay-cation

    Much like any kid the last few days of the school year, my mind is struggling to stay on task.I have ...
    July 1, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Gone fishin’ ... again

    It’s a warm, quiet morning other than the sounds of the chirping insects, bees buzzing and the occasional frog’s croak. The sun glints and gleams off ...
    July 1, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • What goes up doesn’t always come down

    Editor’s note: This column originally published Oct. 15, 2015Space and space exploration is having a ...
    June 30, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • Heat reading

    Sweltering in this August heat in June? Chill out with a good book and a Coke-Zero Float. Here are three “reads” you might consider.
    June 30, 2016 - 10:39 am
  • I get burned — once a year

    The first baseball and softball games of the season bring the usual excitement. The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the fans cheering or curs ...
    June 29, 2016 - 10:33 am
  • Oh the adventures

    I’m not sure there is ever a perfect day to go to Adventureland. I think no matter what, you are either going to deal with people, weather, cranky kid ...
    June 28, 2016 - 10:53 am
  • Mental illness and policy

    I did my mother’s grocery shopping last Saturday. She’s 88 years old and uses a walker, so most “outside” jobs are mine now. Heading home after I put ...
    June 28, 2016 - 10:52 am