Posted November 27, 2013in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Appanoose County, Beaverdale, Bondurant, Boone, Clear Lake, Community Blogs, Des Moines West, Downtown, Fort Dodge, Greene County, Grimes, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, Webster City, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

Rioja Gran Reserva: Expensive — But a Remarkable Value

Each year, the wine world eagerly awaits Wine Spectator’s “Top 100″ list. Since 1988, the magazine’s editors have looked back over the wines they’ve reviewed over the previous 12 months to rank the 100 wines that most impress them “based on quality, value, availability, and excitement.” This year, the competition

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Posted November 27, 2013in Boone, Community Featured

The Virginia Theatre

If you stand in front of the Boone City Hall and gaze at the building across Eighth Street, you will see the name “Virginia” in the bricks over the second story windows.  If you cross the street and stand on the sidewalk in front of the building you will see

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Posted November 27, 2013in Advice Column, Boone

Understanding life insurance

Did you know more than 60 percent of adult Americans have no life insurance coverage?1 Life insurance can be a confusing subject. Many people know they need coverage but simply don’t understand what life insurance is and how it works. Can I afford coverage? Both term life and permanent life

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Posted November 27, 2013in Boone, Community Featured

New releases for winter reading

Cuddle up for some good winter reads. The Ericson Public Library has all the new releases ready for you to check out. David Baldacci’s characters Sean and Michelle are back. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, former Secret Service agents turned private investigators, return in their most surprising, personal, and dangerous

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Posted November 27, 2013in Boone, Community Featured

1933 Plymouth

For the Jones family in Boone, no typical family car will do. This family knows a good thing when they see it, and classic cars are their shared interest. For Jason Jones and his parents, Robert and Colleen Jones, when an old Plymouth came up for sale several years ago,

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Posted November 27, 2013in Boone

Holiday feasting

Pastor King Smith and his wife, Robbin, may be a long way from “home,” but this couple long ago learned to call wherever they may happen to be at the moment “Home.” The Smiths moved to Boone three years ago when King accepted a call to be pastor at Cornerstone

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Posted November 27, 2013in Boone, Community Featured

Tour of homes

The annual Christmas Tour of Homes in Boone will give visitors a chance to see how five local families live during what many consider to be the most beautiful time of the year. Slated for Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, the home tour not only displays the beauty

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Posted November 27, 2013in Advice Column, Boone

The 3 Rs: new school vs. old school

I had a chance recently to sit in on an environmental presentation to a grade school class. When asked about the three Rs they immediately recited reduce, reuse, recycle. I chuckled, as I thought in my day it would have been readin’, ’ritin and ’rithmatic. And really, I’m not that

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Posted November 27, 2013in Boone, Community Featured

Meet Julie Malin

Growing up in Iowa City, Julie Malin dreamed of caring for animals and becoming a veterinarian. As she grew, she dreamed also of caring for people and becoming a nurse. And then, as a high school junior, she volunteered as a religious education teacher for younger students at her church.

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Posted November 27, 2013in Advice Column, Boone

Q: How do epidural steroid injections work, and who would benefit from one?

A: Epidural steroid injections have been safely and effectively used in the treatment of pain for decades. If conservative therapy isn’t effective or if you’re unable to perform physical therapy due to pain, epidural steroid injections can be a useful, non-surgical treatment choice and may also be used to manage

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