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Parents are concerned about kids’ sleepovers

May 22, 2014 Q: What's your opinion about overnight group activities for elementary-grade children? We want our kids to have fun with their friends, but we're concerned about exposing them to inappropriate... more »»

Becoming a children’s TV critic

May 20, 2014 It seems just as I’m getting into watching a sporting event on television lately a kid walks in the room and requests the channel be turned to one of their shows. more »»

Embracing nature, and people too

May 18, 2014 I like Riverview Park. I like going there alone, on my lunch break, with my family and for events. I think it’s a nice little gem, and one of many, in Marshalltown. more »»

Dredging up the dregs with Drudge

May 18, 2014 Clinton was the first president that I really liked. more »»

You’re qualified for a SPECIAL OFFER

May 18, 2014 Things must’ve been so much more difficult in the 1920s when the world was in black & whit. more »»

Great cookbooks for kitchen newbies

May 17, 2014 Dear Mary: My young grandson is getting married soon, and neither he nor his fiance can cook. more »»

The best-laid plan for mice and pets

May 16, 2014 Dear Heloise: How do I get rid of MICE without poisoning my pets? We have a cat and a dog, and I worry about using rat poison. more »»

It’s vacation time

May 15, 2014 I remember all too well those pre-planned family vacations that were supposed to be so fun; you see yourself in the car having a good time listening to the kids laughing and singing songs only... more »»

Hearing is the foundation to reading

May 14, 2014 The “buzz” in the academic community is “Spread the Word, Read by Third.” There are three main areas of focus for improvement to make this happen. more »»

Bargaining for Band-Aids

May 13, 2014 Of all the things I thought were the duties of a parent, I didn’t know Band-Aid bargaining would be one of them. more »»

Instant noodles: Better than a Walkman

May 11, 2014 Who doesn’t love a cup of noodles? Whether you’re a poor college student unwilling to spend more than $5 for a week’s worth of food or you’re at a shady truck stop and assume the only thing capable... more »»

A proud spectator of a fine duck

May 11, 2014 If you’ve ever watched a flock of ducks flopping over themselves to get to a piece of bread, you’ve essentially watched youth soccer, only the ducks are more coordinated and score more soccer... more »»

How to safely get rid of expired medications

May 10, 2014 Every day my email box loads up with messages -- many of which contain questions from you, my dear EC reader. more »»

Labeled for theft

May 9, 2014 Dear Heloise: I read your column where you answered a letter on how to pack for an out-of-state MOVE. There's one thing I need to add to your advice about marking the boxes with their contents. more »»

Don’t let peer pressure ruin son’s prom night

May 8, 2014 Q: How can we help our son have a successful prom night? He's excited about this event, but I'm afraid he may also be a bit naive, both about the cost and the potential pitfall. more »»

IVCCD: Looking back and moving forward

May 7, 2014 As we close out another academic year and prepare to celebrate with our graduates, I always take a moment to reflect on the accomplishments of the Iowa Valley Community College District (IVCCD), and... more »»

Birds are bad house-sitters

May 6, 2014 Here’s some sound advice — if you are going on an overnight trip out of town don’t invite a wild bird to come stay in your house while you’re gone. They make for horrible house-sitter. more »»

And it all happened inside a snow globe

May 4, 2014 People are used to being disappointed in the series finale a TV show. Go ahead and ask somebody what they thought of the last season of “Lost” if you don’t believe me. more »»

Kelly the home improvement expert

May 4, 2014 Home improvement project tip #47: shelves. Each year, hundreds of unsuspecting men find themselves in a precarious position: forced to put shelves on walls. more »»

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 »»

 
 

 

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