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Creative ideas perfect for fast-approaching summer

May 4, 2014 Schools have started counting backwards towards the summer break. That means it is high time for us to get equipped with creative ideas to beat the kind of words we do not want to hear like ... more »»

Glass bakeware has changed

May 2, 2014 Dear Readers: Many times, a piece of GLASS BAKEWARE may shatter, and it's not very fun or safe to clean u. more »»

Provider Appreciation Day is May 9

May 1, 2014 Provider Appreciation Day is a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere. more »»

Healthy students — Healthy community

April 30, 2014 Students that are physically healthy are much more likely to achieve at higher levels than their inactive peer. more »»

M&Ms meet a 2-year-old

April 29, 2014 For years, the good people behind the candy M&Ms have touted their product as one of the cleanest to eat in the entire sweets market. more »»

Atmospheric emergencies and dutiful owls

April 27, 2014 My phone has had a stressful couple of weeks. more »»

Feeding the most distracted piranha ever

April 27, 2014 The following is my inner monologue when attempting to feed my seven-month-old son and what I believe to be — with certainty — his own. What I’M thinking: OK, you want food. I have food. more »»

Mortgage lender calling every hour all day long!

April 26, 2014 Dear Mary: We are one month behind on our mortgage payments and plan to catch up this month. We have told our credit union we will pay half on the 1st and the second half on the 13t. more »»

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 »»



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