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 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...

 
 By Beth Ellen Doran    News    May 9, 2019

Clippings from ISU Extension

Spring has many fragrances – gentle rains, freshly mown grass and flowering fruit trees – but none compare to the sweet fragrance of the common lilac. In fact, floral oil is extracted...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    May 9, 2019

Your Social Security

Social Security District Manager Spencer/Storm Lake Each May, Social Security releases the top 10 baby names of the previous year. We are the leading source for America's popular names because almost...

 
 News    May 2, 2019

Clippings from ISU Extension

Climate Change is a tough topic to address with any group of individuals. However, it is something that is affecting all of us, and it is especially affecting our growing season. We hear about rising...

 
 By Renee Sweers    News    April 11, 2019

Clippings from ISU Extension

Spring is here and everyone is ready for it. Warm weather brings fresh Iowa and Midwest produce, with asparagus being one of the first vegetables available. Perhaps you have wondered about produce: Wh...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    March 28, 2019

Your Social Security

April is Financial Literacy Month and there's no better time than right now to begin to save for your future. The earlier you start saving, the more you can accrue in a 401k individual retirement...

 

The Sutherland Courier Past Files

20 years ago – 1999 Easter Egg Hunt Saturday - The Annual Commercial Club Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, April 3, 1999, rain or shine. The festivities will be kicked off with a visit from...

 
 By Margaret Murphy    News    March 21, 2019

"Clippings" from Iowa State Extension

If you were to walk into my office, you'd see a table full of tiny seedlings that recently emerged and are rapidly growing. Having this fresh, garden scene to look at while I work has done wonders...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    February 28, 2019

Your Social Security

March is Women’s History Month. It’s a time when we reflect on the achievements and contributions of our nation’s remarkable women. Many of these heroes might be people close to you: mothers...

 
 By Jan Manahan    News    February 28, 2019

"Clippings" from Iowa State Extension

No matter where you are at in your career, now is the time to give some thought to your retirement. If you are age 20, you may be thinking down the road 50 years and your main goal is to begin saving...

 
 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...

 

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