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As I update this column, I am sitting in my camper listening to the rain drops on the roof. Rain was falling as I left Omaha on Wednesday, but the rain stopped and skies cleared as I approached … more
I have been fortunate to meet many of our community members, but after 2 ½ years in my position as president and CEO at Memorial Community Hospital and Health System (MCH&HS), I want to … more
Nudibranchs are a group of bottom-dwelling, soft-bodied marine mollusks that are grouped with snails and slugs in the class Gastropoda. They differ from snails by not having a shell. They shed their … more
I recently saw a guy on the side of the road, putting gas in to his van with a gas can. This wasn’t some vintage van from the 1950s either. It was a fairly new, modern vehicle, which made me wonder … more
Nikola Tesla, whose name is now associated with one of the world's first electric cars, was a wizard of the Industrial Revolution. He was born in 1856 in Croatia, which was part of the … more
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. It's an opportunity for families to get together for cookouts, camping and other fun activities before the weather turns. What is your … more
If August isn’t National Tomato Month, it should be. This time of year gardens are overflowing with big, ripe, juicy tomatoes that are begging to be picked and eaten. From large beefsteak … more
Greetings to all in Legislative District 16 and the surrounding area. On Aug. 13, we officially adjourned the 2020 legislative session, and though it was only my second session as your senator, it … more
Barbara McClintock (1902-1992) is hardly a household name that you will recognize. Yet, her contributions to the science of genetics were monumental. With her research and know how, she … more
For the first time in two years, I won't be traveling back to eastern Iowa for an Iowa Hawkeye football game. That seems so strange, but then nothing has been normal in 2020. Earlier this month, … more
The school year is upon us once again, and the hard work can't be done without school supplies. The list has changed over the years, but we all got one in preparation for our annual studies. So, what … more
For most of us, whenever we see a buzzing insect with a stinger on it, we’ll run away, find a way to squash it or grab some spray and take it out. That was my instinct when I first noticed some … more
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