In Greene County Living
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Pay it forward

Jefferson residents know what it means to “pay it forward,” even if they don’t always call their generous actions by the modern term. Mayor Craig Berry says he tries to make paying it forward part of his life, and adds that he believes many people do. “When I go to a fast-food restaurant, if I […]

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In Fort Dodge Living
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Around the world

They walk among us with a sometimes far-away look in their eyes. It starts with a song, or perhaps a scent that sends a cascade of memories to the forefront of their mind and they are, once again, transported to that island, sitting in that corner café, or just walking through a meadow on a […]

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In Norwalk Living
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Mr. Soccer

It’s fair to say that Dustin Kralik has been part of the Norwalk High School boys soccer program since day one. Long story short, it was 1994. A group of teens got together, formed a petition, gathered the necessary signatures and found a coach with soccer experience to form a high school-sanctioned, co-ed soccer team. […]

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In Des Moines West Living
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Food 101

Jim Raife became part of the organic food movement years before most people had even heard of the word. It was 1976, and Raife was in his 20s. He went to Key West, Fla., with a couple of friends to spend the winter. While there, he was introduced to the idea of organic and natural […]

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In Clive Living
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Food 101

Paula Osborn was ready for a change. “I was dissatisfied with the state of my health at the time, so I began a lot of reading and researching, and found I wasn’t very responsible for what I was putting in my body,” says Osborn. Four or five years ago, she had little energy and was […]

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In West Des Moines Living
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Celebrating Latino heritage

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Historic Valley Junction’s popular Cinco de Mayo Festival, a free event that promises to attract thousands of visitors to Fifth Street in West Des Moines on Saturday, May 3 with food, music and the coronation of a Cinco de Mayo King and Queen. For many, the festival is […]

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