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Deck the halls ... and tables

December 13, 2013 Dear Heloise: Here are a few of my favorite tips for HOLIDAY DECORATING: * Replace table lamps with small, lit Christmas trees. more »»

Murder suspect weeps as friend testifies

December 13, 2013 MASON CITY — A Marshalltown man on trial for murder wept as his best friend testified for the prosecution Thursday. more »»

Sodders may take governor to court over Toledo closure

December 13, 2013 Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center, continues to fight over the decision by Gov. Terry Branstad to close the Iowa Juvenile Home and the State Training School for Girls in Toledo. more »»

Committee not a fan of wind turbines

December 13, 2013 The Plan & Zoning Commission voted unanimously Thursday, with the exception of two absent members, against a recommendation to the Board of Adjustment of approval for a special use permit for placin... more »»

Finding the right mix

December 13, 2013 James Hanken spent plenty of years behind a bar mixing drinks. Now his product is the one that is ending up behind the bar. Hanken started a company which makes Bloody Mary mix known at Madame Mary. more »»

Two arrested in string of local burglaries

December 13, 2013 Two Marshalltown residents have been arrested by the Marshalltown Police Department in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at four businesses. more »»

Veteran named IVH chief operating officer

December 13, 2013 A Vietnam veteran will begin duties as the Iowa Veteran Home’s chief operating officer Jan. 3. Mike Jarrell was named COO Monday and has more than 16 years of long-term care experienc. more »»

Democratic leader: Women’s issues key for 2014 election

December 13, 2013 The vice chair of the Iowa Democratic Party made a stop in Marshalltown Thursday on a media tour across the state. more »»

Chinese company worker accused of stealing seed

December 13, 2013 DES MOINES — Six men from China including the CEO of a seed corn subsidiary of a Chinese conglomerate have been charged with conspiring to steal patented seed corn from two of the nation’s leading... more »»

Budget peace breaks out — after Boehner tough talk

December 13, 2013 WASHINGTON — Battle-fatigued and suddenly bipartisan, the House voted Thursday night to ease across-the-board federal spending cuts and head off future government shutdowns, acting after Speaker Joh... more »»

Iowans asks for EPA hearing on ethanol in Iowa

December 13, 2013 DES MOINES — Iowa’s governor and the state’s entire congressional delegation on Thursday signed onto a letter to the Obama administration asking the Environmental Protection Agency to hold a hearing... more »»

Grieving friend needs support during the holidays

December 12, 2013 Q: Do you have any suggestions for how I can help a good friend whose husband just died? I'd like to support her in any way we can -- especially during the holidays. more »»

Adult literacy and education programs enhanced

December 11, 2013 The Iowa Valley Community College District mission states, in part, that we are “committed to building community partnerships. more »»

Brief taste of snow

December 10, 2013 Oh to be young and be in the snow. I was joined outside Sunday afternoon by our 5-year-old and 23-month-old for our first taste of snow fun of the seaso. more »»

And the bar drops another inch

December 8, 2013 Reality TV has spent the better part of the 21st century burning through every facet of the human experience in an attempt to find the absolute bottom of the barrel of television programming. more »»

Invasion of the white devils

December 8, 2013 When a baby gets his or her first teeth, it’s thought of by many as a happy milestone in the life of your child. Well, with all due respect, those people are childless fools. more »»

Readers share ways to use this for that

December 7, 2013 Eyeglass cleaner. If you're out when you realize your glasses or purse mirror needs cleaning, try using a drop of hand sanitizer to give you crystal-clear results instantly. more »»

When the letters are scrambled

December 6, 2013 Dear Heloise: I love to solve the SCRAMBLED-WORD PUZZLES in the paper. The Sunday solution usually is very long, and writing the letters out in a row still is hard to figure out. more »»

STEM education growing in Marshalltown

December 4, 2013 November has been a big month for Marshalltown Schools. On Nov. 18 we welcomed Gov. Terry Branstad to Marshalltown High School and the opening of our new Project Lead The Way classrooms. more »»

 
 

 

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