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Setting policy priorities for 2013 and beyond

January 27, 2013 Each year, the State Board of Education adopts a set of key education policy priorities that we intend to explore over the course of the school year. more »»

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

January 20, 2013 January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Because of this, I would like to take this opportunity to provide education regarding cervical cancer risk factors and prevention for women. more »»

Previewing the 2013 legislative session

January 13, 2013 A number of new faces will appear in the 2013 legislative session, but divided government will remain. more »»

Seeking out (other people’s) treasures

January 6, 2013 I spent New Year’s Day doing something I had never before done on a holiday. And I had a great time. I went to an estate auctio. more »»

Juicier heroes — we get what we deserve

January 6, 2013 “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the team(s) on which the player played. more »»

No resolutions for me

December 30, 2012 Many people (unsuccessfully) make resolutions for the coming year. more »»

Advanced Medical Team helps chronically ill stay well

December 30, 2012 The Centers for Disease Control estimates 75 percent of all health care spending in the United States is spent to treat patients who suffer from chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes,... more »»

The last of the real Christmas trees

December 23, 2012 A recent article in another newspaper got me to thinking about real Christmas trees. In the article, both buyers and sellers recognized that corner Christmas tree lots have become a rare commodity. more »»

The awful legacy of Sandy Hook

December 23, 2012 What is wrong with us as a society? As if the deaths at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was not horrible enough, our reaction to it has been shameful. more »»

How about a little appreciation?

December 21, 2012 There are things you come to expect with the first winter storm of the season. People, even native-born Iowans, initially seem to forget how to drive on ice- and snow-covered streets. more »»

Excuses, excuses, excuses

December 16, 2012 “Methinks the letter writer doth protest too muc. more »»

Putting bullies in their place

December 16, 2012 Have you ever had that feeling — the one way down in your stomach that says you don’t quite fit in? The one that whispers in your ear while you’re busy pretending everything is fine? That feeling... more »»

Things change

December 9, 2012 Priorities change. That point was recently driven home for me when I needed a pair of gloves. more »»

A foundation for our community

December 9, 2012 Many people are familiar with foundations that serve colleges and universities, private schools, hospitals, museums and other institutions of this kind. more »»

The end of a $587.5 million dream

December 2, 2012 The magic of the Powerball millions lasted just a bit longer for me than for most people who don’t live in Missouri or Arizona where the two winning tickets were sold. more »»

Making a difference for 3-year-old Ava

December 2, 2012 At 3 years old, Ava Myers is a shining example of the power of love, determination, technology and teamwork. She isn’t able to stand up or keep her head up without assistance. more »»

‘Meeting people where they are’

November 25, 2012 I am a palliative care physician. Daily I am asked to define and describe what exactly that is — palliative care. more »»

November is Plan Your Giving Iowa Month

November 25, 2012 Gov. Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring November as Plan Your Giving Iowa Month. The declaration marked the beginning of an initiative which could dramatically impact communities. more »»

Great progress is being on trail system

November 18, 2012 In 2005, community leaders from the Webster County Development Corporation Board held a meeting to discuss quality of life issues in Fort Dodge and Webster County. more »»



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