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Time for lawn care

April 25, 2014 Dear Readers: Spring is here, and many homeowners are beginning to get outside to start working on the LAW. more »»

Marijuana’s effects too damaging to support legalization

April 24, 2014 Q: What's wrong with marijuana? Personally, I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be legalized. more »»

Improve your child’s thinking skills through reading

April 23, 2014 Many preschool age children love to be read to by their favorite adult and will often ask for the same book to be read to them over and over. more »»

I can see my kids again

April 22, 2014 I can actually see my kids again. No, I haven’t been sent away for writing too many columns about them. more »»

The slaughter of the spring Peeps

April 20, 2014 We waste a lot of food in this country. more »»

Praise Jesus for big kitchens

April 20, 2014 The first year I hosted Easter dinner, I was excited. I like entertaining and cooking for people, mostly because that the only thing I usually have to interact, with, socially, is a turkey. more »»

Help available for family through a difficult time

April 19, 2014 Dear Mary: I have been a fan for more than 15 years. Thanks to following your advice over the years, we have paid off our house, and we are currently two car loans from being completely debt-free. more »»

Please pay attention to me!

April 17, 2014 Almost every year I try to do an article related to parents paying attention to their young children; and how important it is for their developmen. more »»

New Youth Career Connections network established

April 16, 2014 Sometimes the things that make the most sense are never realized. And then again, sometimes they are. more »»

One hour a week can make Marshalltown better

April 15, 2014 The crowd gathered at MHS Auditorium last Saturday to honor Marshalltown’s own Carlos Portes was inspired in more ways than just hearing about his amazing life story. more »»

I’ve become a human napkin

April 15, 2014 Hi, my name is Andrew and I’ve become a human napkin and I have a 2-year-old to blame for that. more »»

The torturous travails of a troubadour

April 13, 2014 It’s tough being a musician; I?should know. Not from my own experiences mind you. I may be the only person who’s off-key renditions have gotten me kicked out of my own shower. more »»

Kelly the ‘high profile’ director

April 13, 2014 Not long ago, in a horrible lapse of judgment, I was charged with being director for a series of “high profile” movies, or at least that’s what I tell all the waitresses at Starbucks. more »»

Signs you might be a shopaholic

April 12, 2014 You can own 85 pairs of shoes and 100 DVD's and not suffer from shopaholism. more »»

Stepdad’s discipline getting in the way of family bonding

April 10, 2014 Q: What's the best way for a stepparent to form strong bonds with a stepchild? I recently married a wonderful man. He's kind, but firm with my three children and plans to adopt them. more »»

Empowering teacher leaders to increase student achievement

April 9, 2014 Last month the Iowa Department of Education named Marshalltown Community School District one of 39 in the state to be part of the Teacher Leadership and Compensation System for 2014-2015. more »»

This food has real curbside appeal

April 8, 2014 In my job I’m often walking around downtown Marshalltown several times during the day — no I’m not a street walker. One of the things I tend to notice at times is how much discarded food can be found. more »»

A nog for all seasons

April 6, 2014 I’m really enjoying Lent this year. I think not being Catholic helps. more »»

The progression of the man-cold

April 6, 2014 Unlike the common cold, the Man Cold can be tricky to overcome. I weakened my immune system to see how I would fare and kept a journal of the ordeal. more »»

Celebrate Earth Day with color

April 6, 2014 With Earth Day just around the corner here is a colorful art project to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of gift called nature we all have been blessed with! What you will need • Finger paints ... more »»



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