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The importance of teaching students ‘soft skills’

January 29, 2014 Career preparation and Work-based learning experiences play a vital role for all students in meeting their career goal. more »»

Mom purses are amazing

January 28, 2014 With every reach inside her purse, it makes me wonder. How does she do it? My wife’s purse is a cornucopia for everything she would need for a our 2 year old. more »»

Dealing with another one of Amazon’s stupid ...

January 26, 2014 I hate it when people try to finish my sentences. This intense disdain developed early, like all good disdains do, within the Dickensian confines of elementary school. more »»

I don’t have laser vision ... yet

January 26, 2014 When I went in for my evaluation prior to receiving LASIK eye surgery, one of the first questions I was asked by the nurse was, “What’s wrong with your eyes?” I answered truthfully. more »»

The most dreaded words: "What's for dinner?!"

January 25, 2014 DEAR MARY: I have been reading your column and implementing your ideas for years, with varying degrees of success (my fault, not yours). The one thing I bless you for every day is eMeals. more »»

Visitor appreciation

January 24, 2014 Dear Readers: When friends or family come to stay for a while, whether it's for one night or several, are there certain things it would be NICE IF THEY DID? With the holidays over, the girls (yes, I... more »»

MCC campus renovation is under way

January 22, 2014 While you may be more aware of the impending renovations to the historic Marshalltown High School Roundhouse, Marshalltown Community College is also preparing to embark on its own renovation projec. more »»

Weird freebies continue

January 21, 2014 I’ve just added another thing to the list of weird freebies we get sent to the office as part of being in the news business. I received a small box from the Iowa Lottery on Friday. more »»

Whatever happened to a thing called fairness?

January 18, 2014 In a recent decision in Federal court the FCC’s Open Internet rules were struck down following a lawsuit brought by Verizon. more »»

Myriad of uses for prescription bottles

January 18, 2014 Dear Mary, Do you know where I can donate empty plastic prescription bottles? It seems such a waste to throw them away. -- Susan H., Tenn. Dear Susan, Call your local veterinaria. more »»

A sight for sore eyes

January 18, 2014 Without glasses or contacts my vision has always ranged somewhere in the middle between a drunk frat guy and Mr. Magoo. more »»

Solving sweater storage

January 17, 2014 Dear Heloise: I have a question about the best way to STORE SWEATERS. I purchased some clear totes and thought of keeping them in those with some moth cake. more »»

Smiling over spilt milk

January 17, 2014 What do you get when have a dad home for lunch on a day off school, a couple of glasses of milk and two children, ages 5 and 2? Well, one day last week that added up to one big mess. more »»

Aggressive tot threatens families’ good friendship

January 16, 2014 Q: Our good friends have an aggressive preschooler who is always kicking, hitting and hurting our kids whenever we visit. He likes playing with them, but he's too physical. more »»

Ensuring the best literacy education in Marshalltown schools

January 15, 2014 Two years ago, Marshalltown Schools first partnered with the University of Northern Iowa’s Jacobson Center to implement exemplary literacy practice. more »»

The Insane Civil Liberties Posse

January 12, 2014 There is a scene in “The Blues Brothers” where the eponymous brothers Joliet Jake and Elwood Blues drive their Bluesmobile (a 1974 Dodge Monaco sedan capable of great things) through a gathering of... more »»

2014 New Year’s resolutions

January 12, 2014 There are so many things I neglected to do in 2013, however I’m confident with the right resolutions this time around 2014 will finally be the Year of Kelly. more »»

Miraculous solutions for two of life's little problems

January 11, 2014 Dear Mary: A red rag somehow managed its way into a load of what used to be white clothes. How can I get the pink tint out of the clothes and return them to bright white? --Anne P. more »»

Fight obesity and keep children active during winter

January 9, 2014 It’s really hard sometimes to figure out a way for your child to get all his “wiggles” out during the cold, windy months of winter but we still need to keep those little bodies active; for our sake... more »»

No one requested Carson Daly, or that camel

January 5, 2014 New year, new stories, new cold. Yeah, while you were off at some “party” or “event” I kicked off New Year’s 2014 in style. more »»



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