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Hang in there, Barbara

It was during a snowy event in early 2015 when I learned vehicles can have names.I had just finished…
It snowed!

It snowed!

For the first time in several years, we have several inches of snow on the ground and it didn’t melt away the next day. While I might not be…

Newton could be new Ethanol empire

Future talk around Newton regarding corn ethanol production might be a hot topic in 2019. That subject could be about a potential new motor …
Take a snow day

Take a snow day

When Iowa received more consistent snowfall in the 1990s, kid Mike and my brothers would use the drifts my mom and dad created shoveling the…

Getting help to those who need it

Everyone needs help sometimes. That’s why the Iowa Department of Public Health has created YourLifeIowa.org. So you can get help for alcohol…
Fridge  fiasco

Fridge fiasco

The downside of home ownership reared its ugly head for my husband, Tim, and I during the final week of December. In the midst of all of our…

Octogenarian book giveaway changes lives

The voice on the phone was of an elderly man. I could hardly understand him. “My name is Tommy Sinnott. I’m from Nauvoo, Ill. I read your co…
How I beat writer’s block

How I beat writer’s block

As I sat in the office writing this sentence, I had no idea what I wanted to write about this week.A…
Oh, the holidays

Oh, the holidays

Sometimes it feels like I blinked my eyes and I went from anticipating the holidays to starting the countdown to summer. The holiday season …
Moonlight during the gov shutdown

Moonlight during the gov shutdown

When taking a ride sharing service like Uber, I love to small talk with the drivers. Every Uber or Lyft contractor has a story and some rati…
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