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  • Che-cha cha-rah-rah

    I always sort of knew that the moment Homecoming was over, we'd never get an experience like that again. Merriam-Webster defines homecoming as the ac ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 11:30 am
  • On to the next chapter

    Sitting in the Des Moines Civic Center watching the new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic musical “The Phantom of the Opera” was an almost s ...
    Sept. 19, 2014 - 11:31 am
  • The question of ISIS

    To military families the conflicts in Iraq, the Middle East and Syria are an ominous reminder of a decade of sacrifice and our worlds interconnected f ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 10:50 am
  • 16-Year old Marine guards President Roosevelt

    Rural Mt. Pleasant resident Bob Batey, formerly of Wilton, was 15 when he lied about his age to get a job at the tank arsenal in Bettendorf. It was a ...
    Sept. 18, 2014 - 10:44 am
  • A goodbye to our cornerstone and my big sis

    I’ve always filled the big brother type role in groups. I’m a natural protector, have great shoulders to cry on and I’m a pretty avid listener.
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 11:54 am
  • Genesis of owning dog began with God

    By the seventh day, God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day, he rested from all of his work. And God blessed the seventh da ...
    Sept. 17, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Moving back home, kind of

    After graduating college and getting married, I never planned on moving back into my parents house. Especially not after having two kids and still own ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 11:08 am
  • All aboard the doughnut train

    O cursed coveted confectionary, why do you taunt me so?While traipsing around the East Coast last we ...
    Sept. 16, 2014 - 10:35 am
  • It’s just a game …

    So, I’m an Iowa Hawkeye fan.While I didn’t attend the university, both of my parents did, which in t ...
    Sept. 15, 2014 - 10:47 am
  • An unconscious and unsettling error

    I read that a pair of brothers were freed from prison last Wednesday after spending the last 31 years behind bars for a crime they did not commit.
    Sept. 12, 2014 - 10:58 am
  • Bust out the boxes and bubble wrap, it's moving day

    Moving makes my muscles ache. If you were one of the passers by on East Howard Street in Colfax last weekend, you probably saw me — I was the guy with ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Double-decker corn crib

    Wire corn cribs make great gazebos. They’re sort of the art-deco, in-thing to have nowadays. People run around the countryside, buy up old cribs and r ...
    Sept. 11, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Ty's Take: The highs and lows of my weekend

    Weekends are a funny thing. In the two and half days between finishing your Friday shift and dragging yourself into work on Monday, you can experience ...
    Sept. 10, 2014 - 10:53 am
  • The first first day of school

    With her backpack zipped, shoes tied and hair in a braid, my oldest daughter headed to preschool. I have to say that for the most part, there were no ...
    Sept. 9, 2014 - 11:15 am
  • My brain on grocery shopping

    Alright, I’m going to make this quick. I do not need to be at the grocery store for long. I have my list and I’m sticking to it. Oh no, I left my list ...
    Sept. 8, 2014 - 11:10 am
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