It is important for all adolescents and young adults to receive an annual well-visit. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends an annual well-visit for everyone up to age 21. An Annual well-visit is more than a physical exam. The visit also includes discussion of other health-related to…

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I thought this week I would share with you some of the quotes or sayings that are sent to me. I get them on my e-mail and through text messages and social media. They are not usually attributed to anyone as the author. My friends and family think I would appreciate them and I usually always do.

The ‘Flag Football under 14’ campaign is focused on repetitive brain trauma in young players. With tackle football requiring both tackling and blocking, regular head impacts occur, even when proper form is used (if proper form is mastered at this level.) Studies show youth tackle football ca…

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Each week, Herald Publisher Deb Van Engelenhoven selects mugs (”let’s talk about that over coffee”) and hugs (”that’s wonderful! Well done!”)

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Gator rides for my grandkids were on the menu for my 71st birthday, along with watermelon, sweet corn, sliced tomatoes, garden salad and choice of barbecued ribeye or t-bone steak, plus half-pound burgers, courtesy of Blossom, our hand raised Angus heifer.

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This weekend, while standing in the dairy aisle of my local grocery store, a woman I didn’t know asked. “Are you that positive column guy?”

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Today we will say goodbye to our summer intern Alex DeJong and our summer writer Calvin Silvers. It has been wonderful teaching them and learning from them. They have added much to the pages of the newspaper but they have also added so much to our life.

When he was governor, Terry Branstad often voiced his frustration that he was not able to comment on the reasons a state government employee was fired or demoted.

You may have read recently that scientists in Switzerland have determined that in order to battle climate change, we would need to plant 1 trillion trees globally.

The tall, handsome, dark-haired man found Sharon in her shop where the Quarter Maybe More Store in Mt. Pleasant is now. She had a used furniture business. He asked her where the restroom was. Sharon led the man down a hallway. That's where he kissed her for the first time. He smelled like Aq…

I write and speak for a living. When I’m on a book tour, I hear it all the time. At every book event, at least one person will enthusiastically tell me they are going to write a book. I think they all believe they will do it, but I am only aware of two, out of the hundreds of others who have…

Recently I read an article about a teacher and a lesson that she presented in her class.

“Get me rewrite!” So went the popular image of the rewrite editor at the other end of the line from the reporter breathlessly dictating into the phone.

Last week I wrote about finding your passions in life and wow – I received many passionate responses! I love hearing from you, so thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Each of us has a recording playing in our minds.

Twenty-nine years ago this spring Mrs. Bill (Melba) Akason phoned us with the news the Oskaloosa Community School District had hired a new orchestra director.

In regards to the new construction on C Avenue West that has been completed. I returned from work this last weekend to find my road was opened back up and was glad.

One of the most pressing issues facing our country is the need to upgrade the nation's water infrastructure.

People have different ways of escaping the stress and difficulties in their lives. Some read; some exercise; others might work in their gardens.

I don’t know if you will agree with me or not but I think that people behave differently when they wear different clothes. Like dress clothes versus casual clothes.

Concerned. As some of you are aware, most are not, we have an illegal shooting range operating in the western part of our county.

Mugs are given to people, places, things or ideas that I feel could or should be discussed over a cup of coffee.

Those of us hearty souls in the Midwest have just endured bone-chilling cold that few will experience unless you travel to the poles.

The disappearance of our local stores has left a void in our community. Our thoughts go back to a time when our sidewalks were filled with shoppers and you could walk into one store and out and back into another. We feel as if our quality of life has changed with the loss of the stores as well.

Former Oskaloosa head football coach Jerry Staton was honored this morning as one of the “50 greatest Iowa high school football coaches of all time” by the Des Moines Register. What a wonderful honor for a man who devoted his life to teaching young people great life lessons through the sport…

Most of us tell our children or grandchildren to use their inside voice when trying to communicate with others. But I have noticed lately that most of us do not set that example when we are communicating with each other in the adult world.

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This week I learned there are neighbors in Oskaloosa that have no place to live. It broke my heart. We need to do something about this. It made me cry. It should make you cry.

Paul McCartney said it best: Aretha Franklin was not just the Queen of Soul, she was “the Queen of our souls.”

If I didn’t know how wealthy I was before, I absolutely know it now. I am not talking about monetary wealth. I am talking about the wealth that can only be had through the love and support of good friends.

I have a beast living within me. It has been with me from my earliest memory. I tried to suppress it and pretended it wasn’t there but at times when it was least expected, it would rear its ugly head and cause havoc inside of me. I had never named the beast, as I always tried to pretend it d…

I deal with many types of people every day in my line of work. Personalities from one end of the spectrum to the other. I always try to see the best in everyone and I keep that opinion until they give me a reason to think otherwise.

A long-time friend, Bob Wis once recalled that his five-year-old son asked, “Dad. Are you old?”

These past two weekends I have spent at a wedding for my cousin or a bridal shower for my cousin. Now when I say cousin I don’t mean first cousins. These are the children of my cousins.

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Pella Corporation wishes to express our ongoing appreciation [to The Honorable Jim Mueller, Members of the Pella City Council, Members of PACE, Members of SCRAA] for your important and thoughtful work regarding the future of air transportation for the City of Pella and the surrounding region…

Paul DeGeest, candidate for the Mahaska County Board of Supervisors and former sheriff, is asking that question in relationship to the county's need for a new communication system to serve first responders, law enforcement, fire districts and residents. 

It is unacceptable that someone running for county supervisor would allow any of the county's farmland to be destroyed for a wanted, not needed, airport – much less Heritage and Century farms.

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