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A few weeks ago I suggested in my column that the sport of soccer is rapidly growing in popularity in the United States. As if to substantiate my observation, the Sept. 20 Des Moines Register burst forth with a front page spread and a four column double-headline asking, “What’s the score on …

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I volunteered to watch my grandkids over the weekend, which is not unusual in itself, but normally we just sit around the house, or maybe hit the Coffee Attic or take a walk. For some reason, this time I decided we’d do something fun, so I loaded them in their car seats and headed to an appl…

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An Iowa jury recently awarded Christopher Godfrey, a former Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, $1.5 million after Godfrey sued former Governor Terry Branstad for trying to force him to resign his position. Godfrey asserted Branstad wanted to get rid of him because he was gay, and after…

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It was early evening and I had just flipped on the TV, then sat down at the kitchen table where I keep my laptop. I started scrolling and clicking around, not really paying attention to what I was doing, then something in the yard caught my eye. I glanced up just in time to see a beautiful, …

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If you live in Iowa, chances are you attended or watched the Iowa vs. Iowa State game Saturday. There was no ditching the media coverage, especially since ESPN was hosting the Game Day show in front of the stadium.

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Every time you brake to a stop your car, motorcycle, pickup truck, straight truck or semi-truck your engine automatically drops to idle. It saves fuel for the moment even though your engine is still emitting carbon monoxide into the atmosphere. In addition to carbon monoxide the fumes that d…

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With a good solid two weeks under our belts at school now, I am really noticing some things. Skinny boys have returned with "muscles" and mature faces, gangly little girls have morphed into languid creatures with hair that belongs in a Clairol commercial. Those same boys that only hung out w…

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The current president of the United States, Donald Trump, has done more to promote Election Day voting in America than any other individual except Carrie Chapman Catt, who led the women’s suffrage movement in the early 1900s that resulted in passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitu…

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Farmers are no strangers in working through ups and downs in the markets and cycles of high financial stress. Unfortunately, when we have a bureaucratic agency actively undermining our domestic biofuels industry and an administration’s promises to farmers, it seems as if we are approaching u…

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Just when I thought the monsoon season in Iowa Falls was over for the summer we had a small cloud burst recently that dumped 3.7 inches of rain on the Iowa Falls metro area. Up around the communities of Humboldt and Algona the downpour tallied over 4 inches. Since then we have had some sprin…