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 By Renee Sweers    News    February 21, 2019 

"Clippings" from Iowa State Extension

Concerned about your brain health and memory as you get older? Dementia is a public health concern and much research is focused on ways to reduce cognitive decline. The best thing for our brain is to...

 
 By Submitted    News    February 14, 2019

"Clippings" from Iowa State Extension

The Master Gardener program teaches a lot, including the willingness to experiment. Such was the case last spring when I purchased my first canna. I really had no idea what to expect but was drawn to...

 

"Clippings" from Iowa State Extension

Years ago, I had a weeping fig otherwise known as Ficus benjamina. The genus Ficus includes a large group of plants that come in a variety of shapes and sizes and leaf forms. The weeping fig is a...

 
 By Dan Huseman    News    January 24, 2019

Weekly Newsletter from Dan Huseman

January 17, 2019 The first session of the 88th General Assembly convened at 10 a.m. on January 14, 2019. The opening day of a new session is filled with much pomp and ceremony. A new Speaker of the Ho...

 
 By Iowa DNR    News    January 10, 2019

Northwest Iowa Fishing Report

Black Hawk Lake Most remaining ice is unsafe for travel. Angling activity has occurred in open water from the inlet bridge and the fishing shelter on Ice House Point. Large areas of open water near...

 
 By Dorothy Rosby    News    December 6, 2018

Holiday greetings to you and yours!

Dear friends, I hope you've had a wonderful 2018. We've had much to be thankful for this year: no cavities, no car troubles, no overdraft notices. Plus we only had five trick-or-treaters on...

 
 By Gary Wright    News    November 29, 2018

Clippings from ISU Extension

The crop year 2018 will soon end. As with the rest of this crop year, harvest weather has offered final challenges to Northwest Iowa producers. The final 2018 crop size, customarily reported in...

 
 By Iowa DNR    News    November 29, 2018

Iowa's 2018 shotgun deer season quickly approaching

Deer hunters will soon be trading in their bows for shotguns and body harnesses for blaze orange vests as the calendar turns to December and the first of Iowa’s three main gun seasons begin. And based on reports, it looks like hunting will be...

 

Don't Look It Up!

When children of long ago had questions, their wise mothers often sent them to the encyclopedia. “Look it up,” they said, and obedient children did as they were told. More clever children realized their mothers didn’t know all the answers but...

 
 By Iowa DNR    News    November 15, 2018

Did you know that Iowa has nine species of bats?

Iowa DNR Two of the most common bats in Iowa are the little brown bat (Myotis lucifigus) and the big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus). Like all of the bats in Iowa, they are insectivores and are critical for keeping Iowa’s insect populations in check....

 

American Life in Poetry

Until about a hundred years ago, the worth of a poem was measured by how noble and elevated was its subject and its manner of delivery, but with the appearance of modernism all hell broke loose and suddenly there were all sorts of subjects one had...

 
 By Renee Sweers    News    November 8, 2018

Clippings

Now is the time to start planning for a tasty Thanksgiving meal. Planning reduces stress and helps keep food safe. The Turkey: Purchase • Decide what type of turkey you will purchase. Purchase a fro...

 
 By Dorothy Rosby    News    November 8, 2018

Well, That Went Well!

It's almost Turkey Time; that special time of year we set aside to focus on everything we have to be thankful for-unless we're turkeys. There are the little things (baked goods, seventies rock and...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    November 8, 2018

Your Social Security

Every year on Veterans Day, we honor the people who risk their lives to protect our freedom. Social Security honors veterans and active duty members of the military every day by giving them the...

 

If Only…and Other Lies We Tell Ourselves

by Dorothy Rosby We’ve all got our talents, and mine is hindsight. Some people predict the future. But I gaze into the past to determine how the present would be different if only I had done this and not done that. As it turns out, in every case,...

 

Time to start controlling plants in Iowa ponds

Although pond plant growth is not always the same each year; if you had problems using your pond last year, you could have similar problems this year. A healthy pond needs aquatic plant habitat, but too many plants can limit the pond’s use and...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    March 29, 2018

5 More Facts You Might Not Know About Social Security

Social Security District Manager Spencer/Storm Lake What kind of questions do you and your friends ask about Social Security? When do my benefits arrive? What are Social Security work credits, and do...

 
 By Rick Steves    News    March 22, 2018

Welsh Revival: Cardiff Sheds Rust-Belt Past for Glossy Future

Just an hour from major English destinations such as Bath and the Cotswolds, spunky Cardiff offers a taste of Welsh flavors sure to leave you with great memories. Most travelers planning a trip to Britain don’t realize you can hop a train in...

 
 By Dorothy Roseby    News    March 22, 2018

Let's Drink to Collections

Do you ever worry that after you die, your children and grandchildren will go snooping through your home, searching for heirlooms and other valuables? They’ll open a closet and be knocked to the ground by all the junk you’ve collected over the ye...

 
 By Rick Steves    News    March 15, 2018

What's New in Britain and Ireland for 2018

England, Scotland, and Ireland are earnestly improving tourism infrastructures for 2018, adding worthwhile exhibits to well-known sights and investing in new experiences for travelers. Read up on...

 
 By Dorothy Rosby    News    March 1, 2018

Until Lutefisk Do Us Part

My husband and I were in a long line on a cold, December day waiting to buy what? The latest iPhone? Tickets to see the Rolling Stones? No, we were waiting to buy lutefisk. For those fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with it, lutefisk is a Scandinavi...

 

Law and Order

Aaron Wayne Holtrop, Sheldon, Minor in Possession Abigail Grace Ney, Primghar, Speeding Ross Baker Boone, Sanborn, Speeding Travis D Loges, Sheldon, Registration Violation Clinton James Kreykes, Sheldon, No Proof of Insurance Ricardo Roberto...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    January 25, 2018

Social Security Column

Social Security District Manager Spencer/Storm Lake Timing is everything, and the arrival time of your monthly payment from Social Security can be key to keeping your financial house in order. As you...

 

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