In Downtown Living
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What’s cooking?

As a young child, George Formaro can remember tagging along — or as he calls it, “pestering,” — in his mother’s Des Moines kitchen. He and his siblings would be charged with grating cheese or bread crumbs for meatballs in preparation for the big Sunday meal. Formaro’s mother would wake up early on that day […]

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In Ankeny Living
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Home sweet home

There’s only one place that Dorothy reminds us is like nowhere else — home. When thinking about purchasing a home, though, the process can seem overwhelming. There is so much to consider, and each person will have to think carefully about what the most important features are in his or her perfect house. Whether you’re […]

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In Winterset Living
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My dad

Charles Hochstetler walked up to his son Mike and said, “We got a new calf to tag.” With that, the two got into a pickup and drove down the bottom of a hill in the pasture looking for the calf and mama. “They’re right over there,” Charles pointed. “It was that same cow that had […]

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In Windsor Heights Living
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Going organic?

Living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just mean going to the health club every other day and doing 30 minutes on the elliptical. While getting enough exercise is important to healthy living, eating properly is just as important as taking that 30-minute walk every day. And losing weight is not the only reason why people are […]

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In Webster City Living
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My dad

Fathers and sons. They can be so much alike, not merely in DNA, but as two men of one like-minded spirit. They can be so different, of generations distant from one another in habits from music to clothing. The story of a dad and his son changes with the years. Time can reverse the roles, […]

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In Grimes Living
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The hand you’re dealt

Card games have quite a history. The first use of playing cards was in the ninth century during the Tang Dynasty in China. In Europe, playing cards first appeared in the last quarter of the 14th century, and the standard 52-card deck has survived from that time. Now card games are almost as numerous as […]

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Mark Courter
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