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  • Learning why corn matters

    My two year mark of becoming an Iowan is quickly approaching, and I’ve learned a lot about what that designation means.
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 11:40 am
  • Maytag Dairy Farms a Newton favorite

    Maytag Dairy Farms is one of my favorite places in Newton. I love Maytag Blue Cheese, but they also have wonderful people that work there.
    Oct. 1, 2014 - 11:31 am
  • 7 years and counting

    Happy Anniversary to us! That is what I thought after working all day, going to a meeting in the evening and then taking our first trip to the emergen ...
    Sept. 30, 2014 - 10:58 am
  • It’s getting political in here

    It started several weeks ago when my 8-year-old son and I were driving into town listening to music.
    Sept. 29, 2014 - 11:56 am
  • Finding out about Fred

    I can’t help but associate laundry with Maytag, even the color blue.Growing up in Newton, a privileg ...
    Sept. 26, 2014 - 11:00 am
  • Have a seat on the homecoming couch

    The springs were loose and pointy, and the upholstery was ripping, but the East High School tailgating couch was our Friday night football sanctuary.
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 11:19 am
  • One room country schools reunion

    The first thing I noticed about this group of elderly country-schoolers was that they were not obese. Maybe it was because they grew up in a time when ...
    Sept. 25, 2014 - 11:17 am
  • A man of the people

    The main reason I chose to be a journalist over other careers that are more financially lucrative is because I love people, I love hearing stories and ...
    Sept. 24, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • Flu bug don't bother me

    The flu bug has hit my house and it seems to not want to leave without a fight. My oldest woke up Thursday with a stuffy nose but a good attitude so s ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 11:33 am
  • A lesson in courage, sacrifice

    When I was a child I enjoyed writing so much that I developed what my mother said was a “writer’s bump” on my finger where I held my pencil.
    Sept. 22, 2014 - 10:58 am
  • 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 world’s interconnected ...
    Sept. 23, 2014 - 11:10 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
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    Reader Poll

    What should be done with the Westwood Golf Course clubhouse facility?
    Tear it down and build new.
    Renovate existing facility.