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 By Mari Radtke    News    April 11, 2019

A Lifetime Of Collecting

Ray Mullins of Larrabee, Iowa operates Ray's Winchesters & Coins. The gun collection began at a very young age, around 1966. The 128 Winchester's Ray displayed Saturday April 6 at the Sutherland...

 

Tips for a Smooth Tax Season

(StatePoint) Though Tax Day happens every year, it still seems to take many Americans by surprise. This year, don’t miss the deadline or let this crucial to-do loom large over your head. To have a smooth tax season, consider the following: • Gett...

 
 By Dorothy Rosby    News    January 17, 2019

Dropping the Ball and Breaking the Plates

My year is off to a good start and I hope the same for you. My New Year’s tradition is to bid the old year a gentle goodnight around ten o’clock, then wake up before my family does on New Year’s Day and sit alone with my cat, my caffeine and...

 

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in 14 Iowa deer including first positive in Dubuque County

DES MOINES - Fourteen tissue samples from wild Iowa deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease, bringing the total deer testing positive to chronic wasting disease in Iowa to 44. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is waiting for...

 

Why Vocational Education is Critical for Many Young People

(StatePoint) In this high-tech era where a college degree is positioned as a necessity for success, vocational education is often overlooked. But experts say that a vocational education provides the right experience for many jobs that are currently...

 
 By Dorothy Rosby    News    January 3, 2019

Party On In 2019

Feeling a little let down after a busy holiday season? Cheer up. You still have Lumpy Rug Day to look forward to. And Count Your Buttons Day. And Elvis Week. I didn’t make those up, but I can see why you might think I did. There’s a holiday... Full story

 

Powerful Tools for Caregivers The best kind of program to teach is one where you learn something about yourself and develop friendships with the participants

Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a program intended to provide caregivers the powerful tools they need to care for themselves before they can better care for others. Caring for yourself when you feel like the weight of the world rests on your...

 

Don't Try This at Home

I'm a nice person-mostly. Ask anyone who knows me. Except my family. Don't ask them. But most people would say I'm fairly agreeable on most days. But if you were to catch up with Phone Scam Sam and...

 

Raking and Thinking

Autumn is such an inspirational time. The sky is blue, the air is fresh, and the colors are changing. The year is drawing to a close, and there is ample time to reflect—while you rake. I have a huge yard with two giant cottonwoods and numerous othe...

 

Debriefing after De-bracing

When I was in college, a certain young man I dated told me he was thinking of buying me a very expensive, somewhat shiny gift. Well, what would you think? As it turns out, he meant braces. I’m not kidding. At the time, I never would have let him sp...

 
 By Dorothy Rosby    News    October 11, 2018

Ears Open, Mouth Closed

There comes a time in the life of every parent when their progeny will say in so many words, "You're not the boss of me." And while they may have made similar proclamations over the years, this time...

 

Is Your Heating System Ready for Cool Weather?

(StatePoint) Savvy homeowners know that with cool weather, comes a bit of preparation. A quick audit of your heating equipment can mean less wasted energy, a more comfortable home and lower energy bills. Nearly half of all heating and cooling...

 

3 Unexpected Upgrades to Add Beauty and Comfort to Your Home

(StatePoint) While a simple home upgrade once meant a new area rug or fresh coat of paint, these days, there are new and unexpected ways to update your space in order to add beauty and comfort to your home. • Think Smart: New technology can add...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    August 30, 2018

Your Social Security Medicare, Explained

Social Security District Manager Spencer/Storm Lake Social Security and Medicare have a few things in common. Both programs help safeguard millions of Americans as well as improve the quality of life...

 
 By Dorothy Rosby    News    August 30, 2018

Can I Have This Dance?

My husband and I are staying in a place where the guests dress for dinner and the housekeeping staff leave chocolates on the pillows. There’s luxury everywhere you look and what are we doing? We’re in the lounge dancing a polka. They really do...

 

Don't trash these 8 things

Each year, almost 3 million tons of trash end up in Iowa landfills, and of that, nearly 70 percent of the state’s landfilled municipal solid waste could have been diverted from the landfill through reuse, recycling and compost – or by not...

 
 By Dorothy Rosby    News    August 16, 2018

A Bad Case Of CRS

My friend "Martha" tells me she wants to lose 20 pounds and get a really nice tan-by Friday. It's Wednesday. "Do you, by chance, have a certain milestone event coming up," I ask her. She nods glumly....

 

Don't Become a Statistic

It is August in Iowa… State Fair excitement, schools beginning a new year, and then, right around the corner will be Labor Day – the traditional end of summer. This is one of the busiest travel times of the year as many people try and squeeze in...

 
 By Sandra Rehder    News    August 9, 2018

Travel at 76 by Plane Trains and Automobiles

An unforgettable vacation started with an invite by a former exchange student at South O'Brien Karin Hokervall, to her wedding. Hakervall's host family was Kent and Laura Lundquist. The wedding was...

 

Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2018

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first reported 2018 Iowa death associated with West Nile virus in an elderly adult (81+ years of age) from Central Iowa. A second case of human West Nile virus infection has also been...

 
 By Dorothy Rosby    News    August 2, 2018

Friendship According To Facebook

Oh look! I'm having a friendversary today. How thoughtful of Facebook to remember that special day three years ago when "Blanche" and I officially became friends on their site. Now...who's Blanche again? You understand. The average Facebook user has...

 
 By Hugh Norton    News    July 26, 2018

Activities Beyond the Screen to Teach Your Kids to Be Financially Fit

Parents take their children’s financial future seriously, and technology provides an ever-evolving variety of fun and innovative ways to teach kids about money. However, some parents are concerned about limiting their kids’ screen time, and...

 
 By Brian DeMoss    News    July 26, 2018

Your Social Security

Social Security District Manager Spencer/Storm Lake August might be the last of the months that people think of when we say “summer vacation,” but it’s by no means the least. People are still ta...

 

Nothing Lasts Forever -Except Plastic Forks

I admit it. I reuse plastic cutlery. But don’t worry; I wash it first. “Disposable” just seems like a funny way to describe something that will outlast us, our kids, grandkids, great grandkids and probably their great grandkids too. Heck, we...

 

5 Ways to Reduce Everyday Stress

(StatePoint) Deadlines, responsibilities, bills -- there are so many causes of stress in our lives. Unfortunately, stress can take a negative toll on one’s health and wellness, particularly if it goes unaddressed for too long. Indeed, common...

 

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