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To file, or not to file?

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Dear Dave, How do you know when you should file an insurance claim on a homeowner’s issue, versus just dealing with it and paying cash? — Ben Dear Ben, Basically, it’s when you begin to feel the pain financially. Let’s say you have a $1,000 deductible on your homeowner’s ...

Happy Father’s Day!

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Dad wil surely love these delicious recipes. Mouth Watering Pork Chops 1/4 c. flour 1 tsp. salt 1 tsp. pepper 4 thick pork chops (6 to 8 ounces each) 3 Tbls. butter or margarine 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped (1 1/2 c.) 4 cloves garlic, chopped 2 c. sliced mushrooms (I ...

Wheat springs higher

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Hard red spring wheat futures leapt to the highest price since 2014 as farmers are grappling with exceptionally dry conditions in the northern United States. A drought in North Dakota and nearby states has sapped growing plants of moisture, leaving the crop in the worst condition in almost 30 ...

Support higher education

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I have been a full-time student my entire life. I have been working summer jobs and relying heavily on the support of my parents and federal loans in recent years to continue to be able to further my education at Iowa State. Because I am from Illinois, I pay out-of state tuition. I first looked ...

Trump didn’t ruin the media. Obama did

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There is a widespread perception among those on the right that President Trump’s myriad foibles, vagaries and outright prevarications are somehow justifiable because he is The Great Destroyer of the mainstream media. His fans say he is running the media around in circles — and that is its ...

Thank you for supporting academy

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IowaWORKS Iowa Valley, Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, IVRS Intermediary Program, and the Department for the Blind wish to thank the following businesses and individuals for their donations of time, food and prizes for the Limelight Leadership Academy summer youth event held at Iowa ...

Trump rates close to zero on ‘war’ against opioids

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Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open ...

Cleaning needlepoint

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Dear Heloise: I have several antique NEEDLEPOINT chairs and wall hangings. They are beautiful, but I was nervous about cleaning them. Then I tried the following hints, which work great: * Vacuum on low power. Gently wand the chairs and hangings with the vacuum to pick up dust. Don’t touch ...

Thank you for supporting prom

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I just completed my junior year at Marshalltown High School. MHS Prom 2017 was a night to remember on April 29. It was my first time attending prom, and I was on the prom committee this year. I wanted prom to be perfect and couldn’t wait to start planning. I was so happy when I was told about ...

Nurturing our capacity for regeneration

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OSSINING, N.Y. — Sparkling in the sunlight that inspired 19th-century romantic painters of the Hudson River School, Sing Sing prison’s razor wire, through which inmates can see the flowing river, is almost pretty. Almost. Rain or shine, however, a fog of regret permeates any ...

Sessions adamant in defense of himself, Trump

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WASHINGTON — Beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, faced the lions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, and survived with barely a scratch. For more ...

Sibling rivalry

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Many times, I write these articles to find out answers to my own questions, based on personal experiences. Today is no different. My children are ages 16 and 11. They are perfect gifts from God whom I love very much. However, they fight! Like most siblings, they fight about anything from where ...

Food drive a success

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The 2017 Arresting Hunger Food Drive results are in. Eight-hundred and forty-five food items were donated and $314.71 for milk vouchers was raised during the event. As always, the generosity of the community and its members was exemplary. I would like to thank HyVee and Fareway for their ...

Comey flunks the New York Times

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Liberal media outlets like The New York Times have a political objective driving their coverage: Ruin President Trump. This is why the “news” producers treated former FBI Director Jim Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as a Watergate moment, a first impeachment ...

Draining the Dodd-Frank swamp

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The House just passed the Financial CHOICE Act, which enacts major reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Act was passed to fix what supposedly was broken in our financial system that led to the massive financial collapse in ...

Is college worth It? Increasing numbers say no

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“Too many people are going to college,” writes my American Enterprise Institute colleague Charles Murray. That’s not a response to the mob of students who attacked him and the liberal professor who had invited him to speak back in March at Middlebury College. It’s the title of the third ...

Poor Eric Trump

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This week, the president’s second-eldest son went on national television and dropped all pretense of what we knew had never happened anyway. Instead of weaving yet another magical tale about how the brothers Trump are now rulers of the family empire and keeping it totally separate from ...

Lying liars

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“I’ll never lie to you.”— Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign. All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that “lie,” lead to impeachment? Did he obstruct ...

What Jim has learned today

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I learned there are in this world those who merit our admiration. Most in this world merit our respect. There are some in this world who merit our sympathies. There are a few who merit our pity. And … there are some in this world who merit our contempt. It is not always an easy thing to ...

Prince remembered

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If you are looking for a weekend getaway, I highly recommend a visit to Chanhassen, Minn. Here, our three-generation fan group enjoyed a well-curated VIP Tour of Paisley Park, Prince’s private estate, home and sanctuary, where he created, produced and performed. I could feel Prince’s ...