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  • Lost friend's legacy making a difference

    I still remember the gut-wrenching feeling, the way my heart sank, the utter disbelief and then the way I felt absolutely nothing after hearing the ne ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 11:52 pm
  • Poolman: The cost of children

    Recently, I have been seeing news stories pop up about raising children and how much it costs to do that. Having children is one of the furthest thin ...
    Aug. 21, 2014 - 2:25 pm
  • Wilson: Have you noticed the change?

    I need to start this column out with an announcement.Perhaps you noticed.Last week, the letters AP r ...
    Aug. 19, 2014 - 10:57 am
  • Paulsen: The end of summer is fast approaching

    The true end of summer is still a month away. But — with most schools opening up next week — the unofficial ending to summer is upon us. This has been ...
    Aug. 14, 2014 - 11:09 am
  • PETERSON: Stars align for sports writer's family to see their favorites enter Hall of Fame

    Sports editor Scott Vicker wrote a column last week about his marathon week involving 840 miles traveled to cover the likes of the State Softball Tour ...
    Aug. 8, 2014 - 8:21 pm
  • Poolman: My relaxing vacation is next week

    Studies show taking vacations is healthy. And, while I covered Osceola Sentinel-Tribune for Amy during her week of vacation, I will be taking my week ...
    Aug. 7, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • Waddingham: A year — or two — in review

    This month I celebrate my first full year at the Creston News Advertiser – unless you count my year as a part-timer while I was taking classes at Sout ...
    Aug. 6, 2014 - 11:06 am
  • VICKER: Life of a sportswriter — The marathon week

    Approximately 840 miles. Give or take a few miles, that’s the amount of driving I did across the sta ...
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 2:23 pm
  • Poolman: The best advice is to enjoy life

    Monday night I spent three training hours in the company of several other Creston firefighters practicing hooking up to a fire hydrant and laying hose ...
    July 31, 2014 - 10:45 am
  • PETERSON: Lenox Tigers are back on Iowa's baseball map

    Twenty-five years ago I stood in the media box at Marshalltown High School shooting photographs of Lenox pitcher Kurt Stoaks on the mound for coach St ...
    July 25, 2014 - 8:53 pm
  • Paulsen: Sweet corn time is upon us

    I know I've been getting my sweet corn fix taken care of as of late. You only have a couple of months to take advantage of the fresh, off the cob stuf ...
    July 24, 2014 - 12:45 pm
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