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Lawn & Garden: Create works of art with flowers

Preserve a few memories of this summer’s garden or create gifts to share with family and friends. Pounding flowers onto fabric or paper is a fun and easy way to preserve the beauty of garden flowers.

Use watercolor or other rough surface paper when pounding on paper. Purchase ready to dye or prepared for dying fabric or prepare the fabric yourself. You’ll find supplies and directions at most craft stores.

Extension Outreach: Mental Health First Aid virtual programs offered

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is offering Mental Health First Aid — virtual programs to help Iowans help each other with mental health challenges.

Mental Health First Aid isn’t a typical self-help program. Instead, participants learn how to help someone else who is experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis.

One Man’s Perspective: The value of Facebook

Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on social media ironically trashing, well … social media. Don’t think I don’t get it. There’s a lot of junk out there, and to make matters worse, people tend to use the distance provided through social media to publish things they would never say to someone face-to-face.

Letter to the Editor: Bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades on Grand Avenue

OK, OK! I get it. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. It doesn't mean it is necessarily the safest or best route. I get it that some of us get off to a late start in the morning, and don't want to be late for our destination. Sometimes we cut corners, we take risks with the traffic lights.

Outdoors: Ducks Unlimited shares US Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl population survey results

I’ve often thought how might the drought conditions from Canada down through the Pothole Country of the upper Midwest affect our breeding ducks. Well, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently released its report on the 2022 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, based on surveys conducted in May and early June by the FWS, Canadian Wildlife Service and other partners.

Outdoors: Techniques for catching fall crappies

You can feel it in the air and you can see it in the sun. Nights are getting cooler, and the days are getting shorter, all is closing in on us. While some folks mourn the passing of summer, a good number of anglers are looking forward to autumn. And many of those anglers are looking forward to catching crappies.

Outdoors: Teal hunting seasons opens Sept. 1

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service makes the September teal season available when the teal population is above certain levels.

Home Country

Packing people into the back country doesn’t sound really exciting, I know. And if it gets exciting, it’s undoubtedly because something went wrong. But we did have occasional chuckles during those eight summers.

I stopped off at the backcountry ranger’s tent near Bullfrog Lake, in Kings Canyon National Park. He mostly checked fire permits and had a fun summer. He told me to get off my horse and in the tent … now, to see what he had.

Guest Commentary: On the other hand

Last week, I wrote a message saying that conservative principles work, and I offered examples of how and what has been working to make Iowa one of the best states in the nation. I didn’t offer examples of the things that do not work on the other side of the aisle, because I didn’t really feel like it was pertinent.

Ready Seth Go: Community efforts can have global impact

Two weeks ago, organizers with The Lakes Project sat in our front office and told me about the group's efforts to respond to the crisis in Ukraine by helping feed refugees who have fled the country.

A couple of days later, I shared the article which came from that interview on my personal social media pages, saying the follow up coverage of the upcoming meal-assembly would likely make for a great visual.

It turned out to be much more than that.

Guest Commentary: Combating opioid abuse

This session, the Legislature established an Opioid Settlement Fund, which receives the state’s share of legal settlements with opioid manufacturers and distributors. The state is expecting tens of millions of dollars to both the state and local governments from settlements with drug companies that unnecessarily pushed opioids on the public.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Senior: Preserving memories

Being a grandmother is one of my favorite roles. Three women, in particular, have served as role models.

My sister-in-law in Minnesota has 12 grandchildren ranging from 3 months to 22 years old. They all adore her. It is no wonder they do. She devotes as much time and energy to them as she can even though she battled a brain tumor six years ago, breast cancer three years ago and now faces lung cancer.

Randy’s Review: ‘Prey’

With some of the junk dropping in movie theaters, I find it difficult to understand why an enjoyable sci-fi project like “Prey,” would find itself relegated to streaming on Hulu. Despite the limited audience, “Prey” continues the ongoing “Predator” film franchise which began 35 years ago when Arnold Schwarzenegger and his team of elite Navy SEALS battled the alien hunter in the jungle. Since then the foreign hostile race has faced off against L.A.

PLAC Review: Playboys and the Devil hit PLAC stage

The “Diamond Ring and the Devil Tour” made a stop in Okoboji to perform at the Pearson Lakes Art Center on Aug. 10.

Pastor's Column: The back-floating double-bit

Knives, saws and axes are every boy’s enjoyment during the long boring days of summer. Mix in a little water and a few fires and you have just described most of my junior high summers. Camping, pioneering and outdoors were first nature. But in all of my days chopping wood and swinging an axe I’ve never experienced what happened to the college student I recently read about. I’ll share with you what I read, then make a few observations.

The CommStock Report: The Strong Enemy — Part 3

The Peoples Liberation Army refers to the U.S. in their documents as the "Strong Enemy." China is maneuvering to expand its reach and ability to control its strategic interests in the Pacific and Indian oceans. Remember Guadalcanal during World War II in the Solomon Islands northeast of Australia? The Japanese had an airbase there and a major base at Rabaul through which they tried to extend leverage controlling supply lines via sea lanes to Australia from the U.S.

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