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Posted August 05, 2015in Advice Column, Ames

Q: How does coconut water compare to water and sports drinks?

A: The human body is about 70% water, so during hot weather, it’s important to replace this fluid when we sweat. Water is always a good choice for fluid replacement. You should drink at least one pint every 30 minutes during activity and even more when it’s hot outside. At

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Posted August 05, 2015in Advice Column, Ames

Seniors plus technology equals A+

August is a great time to go “back to school” on new technology because you’re never too old to learn something new—especially when it could help you stay healthy, active, and independent. Smartphones keep you connected and adding available apps such as medication reminders and GPS can help you stay

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Posted August 05, 2015in Ames, Community Featured

New minister at Ames UCC

Ames United Church of Christ gained a new minister this summer. Pastor Eileen Gebbie moved from Claremont, Calif., welcoming the idea of preaching in a midwest college town. Although Gebbie grew up in Portland, she spent most of her adult life in Champaign, Ill., teaching sociology and women’s studies at

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Posted August 05, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Community Featured, Beaverdale, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

Fresh peach pie

We recently vacationed in northeast Georgia and, as luck would have it, we were there during their prime peach season.  I’ve always like peaches but, let me tell you, when I had my first fresh Georgia peach I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven!  For several days in a row I

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Posted August 05, 2015in Advice Column, Ames

4 reasons to be preapproved for a mortgage

In todays tight credit market, and robust real estate environment, real estate agents will be encouraging their clients who are seriously considering purchasing a home to get preapproved for a home mortgage. This process will save lot of anxiety, and possible head aches in the future for the new homeowners.

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Posted August 05, 2015in Ames, Community Featured

Under construction

With the multitude of construction projects happening all over the Ames Community School district, it can be difficult to keep track of what has happened, what is currently happening, and what will be happening in the future. Much activity is occurring this summer in the hope of improving many of

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Posted August 05, 2015in Ames, Community Featured

The garage gym

What’s in Mario Pence’s garage isn’t what you see in most, but he says it’s the best way to keep his body running like a well-oiled engine. “When most people ask me where they work out and I tell them my garage, they’re like, you must be nuts,” said Mario.

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Posted August 05, 2015in Advice Column, Ames

Q: Should I just live with snoring and poor sleep?

A: I have Obstructive Sleep Apnea! I snore, and sometimes I gasp during sleep. I wake up with a bad headache or feeling sweaty now and then. Can you believe that I have fallen asleep in the movies, struggled to keep my eyes open during a conversation, and even dozed

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Posted August 05, 2015in Ames, Community Cover Story

Home away from home

There’s nothing like being on the open road. While the beautiful scenery, culture and community of Ames offers great appeal, some residents can never let go of that love for adventure on the highway. It’s that passion for peregrination that drives a few lucky Ames residents to find a second

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Posted August 04, 2015in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Beaverdale, Community Blogs, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Clive, Des Moines West, Downtown, Greene County, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

Australian wine has fallen out of fashion

In the late 1990s, Americans became obsessed with wines from the Land Down Under. For most of this millennium’s first decade, fruit bombs with quirky names and eye-catching labels flew off the shelves of U.S. retailers. But sales soon began free-falling. Between 2008 and 2013, the U.S. market for Australian

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