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Posted September 02, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Community Featured, Beaverdale, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, North Polk, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

Spicy Lemon Chicken Soup

Have you found yourself gazing into the ‘fridge helplessly wondering what to fix for dinner? I was in that spot a few days ago. It was a few more days until my next planned “provisioning” trip. I really didn’t want to make a stop at the store. Inside my refrigerator

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Posted August 31, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Beaverdale, Community Blogs, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, North Polk, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

THANKS!!!! – National Courtesy Month

The concept of courtesy and respect for others is never more important. With the changes that are occurring in our nation, being considerate of others is an attribute that we need to be reminded of. Courtesy seems to be disappearing in our society.   Having or showing a behavior that

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Dirt bike boy and the sassy daredevil

He’s a natural-born dirt bike boy, and she is a “sassy little dare-devil,” according to mom, that is. Meet Aiden and Ellie Morgan: Mom Alexis’ ultimate dynamic duo: Alexis Kaye Ficek, 24, is one proud mama when it comes to her four-year-old son, Aiden, and her two-year old daughter, Ellie.

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Fall into the library

The Altoona Library is here to help you get back into the swing of school.  On Wednesday, September 9th, we’re hosting a Back to Books party, where we’ll be introducing you to all the latest and greatest in chapter books, easy readers, and picture books.  Come at 6 PM for

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Are you a leader?

Sometimes we view leadership as something difficult and complicated, but John Quincy Adams made it simple. He said a leader’s actions inspire others — to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more. So again, are you a leader? Would you like some tools to make you an even

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Getting back into the Bible

I recently returned home after a long vacation with my family and getting back into the routine of life at home has been a bit challenging. The most challenging thing for me was getting back to my daily exercise classes at Farrell’s. After sleeping in on vacation that early class

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured, Email blast

Meet Kari Fast and Amy Daugherty

With a new school year in progress, Southeast Polk high school guidance counselors Kari Fast and Amy Daugherty are in full swing. Their work with students is an important balance of harnessing academic, social, and emotional skills. This effort helps students successfully complete high school as well as develop and

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Enjoying then and now

Much has changed since the early 1970s. This Altoona couple reminisces about buying the model home on the bare block and many other differences they’ve become accustomed to. Homeowners Billy and Coy Davis moved into their home in June 1972. Both from small towns, they agreed they wanted their own

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Advice Column

I’ve been in an accident; now what?

Driving while lost trying to follow the directions on the GPS, scolding kids in the back seat, inclement weather or a moment of distraction no matter how brief. It happens to all of us at some point, a series of unfortunate events that lead to an accident. We’ve put together

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Posted August 26, 2015in Altoona, Community Featured

Conquer that kitchen

Remodeling a kitchen can be a scary proposition; taking it a step at a time will help to make the process less intimidating. Hire a Contractor: I encourage you to visit with a contractor early in the process. Experienced contractors will provide input and feedback and their early involvement is

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