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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 28, 2015in Web Exclusives, Norwalk

Superintendent Update

We are off and running! We just finished a great candidate’s forum sponsored by the Norwalk Professional Education Association. The event was led by Andy Mogle and Tracy Call. The session was informative and collegial.   As the superintendent, I feel blessed with four quality candidates for three openings. My thanks

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Posted August 18, 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

Looking For a Wine List Bargain? Go Off the Beaten Path.

One recent Saturday morning, a friend sent me the wine list for Green Zebra, one of Chicago’s top vegetarian restaurants, and asked for my advice. He was dining there that evening with friends who enjoyed wine but weren’t obsessive about it. So he would be tasked with ordering for the

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Posted August 12, 2015in Advice Column, Norwalk

Q: What is a ‘bionic eye’ that I have heard about on the news?

A: There have been news stories of late talking about a “bionic eye transplant”. The Argus II is a device that allows some perception of light and motion in patients who have lost their vision due to retinitis pigmentosa. Surgery is done to place a small electronic device on the

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Featured, Norwalk

Want to live longer? Here’s how

A couple of years ago a story ran in the New York Times about how attending church is actually and factually good for you! That’s right, it stated that, “One of the most striking scientific discoveries about religion in recent years is that going to church weekly is good for

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Posted August 12, 2015in Advice Column, Norwalk

Q: What is scoliosis, and how is it treated?

A: Scoliosis affects 5 to 7 million people in the United States. More than a half million visits are made to doctors’ offices each year for evaluation and treatment of scoliosis. Although scoliosis can begin at any age, it most often develops in adolescents between the ages of 10 and

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Posted August 12, 2015in Community Cover Story, Norwalk

Home away from home

Some of Amy Paulsen’s earliest memories are camping as a child, which is why she was excited to start the tradition with her own two children. “I thought: ‘I want to teach the kids how to camp because we like the outdoors,’ ” she recalls. Paulsen and her two children

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Posted August 12, 2015in Advice Column, Norwalk

Q: What are some back-toschool health tips?

A: Here are 10 back-to-school tips to get you and your family ready for the year ahead: Getting Shots. Check with your doctor to make sure your child(ren) have received the recommended vaccines for their age. Eye Exams. Have your child(ren) get a complete eye exam before starting school. Helmets.

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Posted August 12, 2015in Advice Column, Norwalk

Q: How many parts does a tooth have?

A: Each tooth is a relatively complex entity. To begin with, each has two major sections: the crown – that portion that is visible above the gum, and the root, the part that goes down into the gum and secures the tooth in a socket in the jaw. The outside

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