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 By Submitted    News    March 19, 2020

Screen Time: What Research Says and What Parents Can Do

(StatePoint) Screen time is a hot topic for parents and researchers alike. While digital devices are the norm, and children can certainly use them to their benefit, parents can also help children lear...

 
 By Submitted    News    March 12, 2020

Clippings From ISU - Dairy Markets

by Fred Hall, Dairy Program Specialist Global markets are being rocked by coronavirus (known as COVID-19) and the dairy markets are no exception. The combination of broad-based market fears and...

 
 By Submitted    News    February 20, 2020

Tayler Van Berkum, Speech/Language Therapist, Joins CRMC Physical Medicine and Rehab.

Cherokee Regional Medical Center's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department is pleased to announce that Aurelia native, Tayler Van Berkum, has joined their team as a speech-language...

 

Let's Talk About Relationships

by Lori Hayungs, Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life On our Science of Parenting Blog (https://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/scienceofparenting/trends/), we're currently discussing different...

 

3 Ways to Weather the 2020 Tax Season

(StatePoint) Over half of U.S. adults say financial stress negatively impacted their personal health and work performance in 2018, according to new research from Lincoln Financial Group. When it comes to tax season, preparation is key to easing...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    February 6, 2020

Social Security And America Saves Week

This year, America Saves Week (ASW) runs from February 24 through 29. The week is an opportunity for organizations to promote good financial habits. It's also a great time for people to assess their o...

 

Biosecurity is Tougher in Cold Weather

Dave Stender, Swine Program Specialist One of the top challenges for swine producers during the winter is biosecurity. Cold weather increases the length of time some viruses can survive in the...

 
 By State Point    News    February 6, 2020

How to Navigate the Challenges of Caregiving

(StatePoint) As the population of older U.S. adults grows, more Americans are taking on long-term caregiving duties for loved ones. An estimated 43.5 million adults in the U.S. have provided unpaid care in the past 12 months, according to AARP....

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    January 30, 2020

Get Your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA-1099 / SSA - 1042S)

Social Security District Manager Spencer/Storm Lake Tax season is approaching, and we have made replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement, also known as the SSA-1099...

 

Late Winter is an Ideal Time to Prune Landscape Trees

AMES, Iowa – Once the snow and ice begin to melt, Iowans should be able to get an early start on at least one aspect of property care: pruning trees. According to the article “Pruning Landscape Trees,” found in the January edition of Acreage...

 

Goal Setting for Your Family in the New Year

by Lori Hayungs, ISU Human Sciences Specialist, Family Life As we wrap up the first month of 2020, I’d like to share an article from my friend and colleague, Barb Dunn Swanson, in hopes that you and your family find some inspiration from it. Are...

 

The 'Flu' or Food Poisoning? And What to Do About It

by Renee Sweers, Human Sciences Specialist, Nutrition and Wellness Influenza (often referred to as the 'flu') is caused by a virus that infects the respiratory tract (the nose, throat and lungs)....

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    January 9, 2020

Expanding Social Security Field Office Hours

By Brian DeMoss Social Security District Manager Spencer/Storm Lake  Beginning on January 8, 2020, field offices will remain open until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, with typical field office hours from 9...

 

The Poison in a Pothos

By Dawn Henderson, Horticulture Program Coordinator As most pet owners know, there are certain types of plants that should be kept out of reach or removed from the home once a pet is introduced. Cats...

 
 By Submitted    News    January 2, 2020

The Dairy Industry: A Wild Ride, But Next Year Looks Better

by Fred Hall, Dairy Program Specialist After two months of inverted barrel and block prices that set market highs, on December 10 the prices came together at $1.94 ¾ per pound. Since then,...

 

How the Latest Cyber Threats May Affect You

(StatePoint) New cyber threat intelligence suggests that while the volume of cyberattacks is trending down slightly, the attacks are becoming more targeted and nefarious. This latest data can help individuals and businesses make sense of current...

 

Reflections of 2019

by Kris Kohl, Ag Engineering Specialist The year 2019 will go down as a tough farming year due to weather and markets. It is very easy to look at a glass that is half full and focus on what has gone...

 

Clippings from Iowa State University Extension

by Gary Wright Recently, I had the privilege of joining Dr. Steve Meyer and Former State Senator Steve Warnstadt to discuss agriculture challenges with a group at the Western Iowa Tech Community...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    November 28, 2019

Social Security Benefits Increase in 2020

Each year, we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). By law, federal benefits increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor's Consumer Price Index for...

 

4 Ways Medicare Part D is Changing in 2020

Medicare and are looking for ways to save on the ever-increasing cost of medications next year, consider adding a prescription plan known as "Part D." By making medications more affordable, Part D plans can help you stay on track to achieve your...

 
 By Submitted    News    October 3, 2019

Understanding SOCIAL SECURITY spouses' benefits

By Brian DeMoss Social Security District Manager Spencer/Storm Lake Marriage is a tradition that exists on every continent and in nearly every country. Having a partner not only means creating a...

 

The Importance of School Gardens

by Katelyn Brinkerhoff, Horticulture Educator School gardens aren't a new concept. In fact, they have been around since World War I. For decades school gardens have provided a place for children to...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    September 5, 2019

Social Security Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

People of different backgrounds sitting at a table enjoying dinner. Social Security touches the lives of nearly every American. Hispanics make up our nation's largest ethnic minority group with a...

 

Tools for Aging. Gracefully is Debatable.

The key to being on top of any endeavor is to recognize change and meet it head on. Aging is no different. Recognizing signs of aging, of self or others, requires appropriate reaction. Growing up is full of milestones and they are so easy to see....

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    August 15, 2019

Mailperson delivering mail to a residental home.

Older people are at a greater risk of fraud and other forms of financial exploitation. The United States Postal Service has seen an increase in mail fraud and is promoting community strength and...

 

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