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Gardeners may be wondering just how, and if, trees, shrubs and perennials survive below-zero temperatures. They know that the below-ground parts of a tree are kept insulated by a layer of snow, and that is important to winter survival, but the exposed parts of a tree are not so protected. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the cold hardiness of trees, shrubs and perennials. more
One big topic of conversations at the capitol last week was Senate File 348. This bill is from Gov. Kim Reynolds and allows for the dispensing of self-administered hormonal contraceptives by a pharmacist without a previous consultation and prescription of a doctor. more
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement May 18 after House Republicans failed to push their partisan farm bill through the House. This legislation fails to address falling farm income, eliminates the energy title, which includes the popular Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), and eliminates important crop insurance and risk management education efforts. Additionally, the bill cuts billions of dollars in food assistance for millions of children, seniors and veterans. more
The Better Business Bureau has encountered several moving companies that are causing headaches for consumers and the BBB. Last August, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati announced indictments against several moving companies and individuals based in locations throughout the country.  more
The Iowa Senate unanimously advanced a bill this week aimed at shining the light on costs that help determine drug pricing. Senate File 563 deals with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs are third-party companies who act as prescription drug middlemen to develop plans for state government employees, commercial health entities, and for employers who self-insure. more
I don’t get out to Utica Ridge Road as much as I used to. more
One of the biggest issues that the Legislature is considering this session is whether the state should legalize sports betting. This conversation became a possibility last year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited gambling on professional and college sports. more
This summer has been one of many firsts for me: getting a big-girl internship, writing a published newspaper article, becoming a top-notch photographer (OK, maybe not), editing pictures and stories, and working with programs to lay out stories for print. more
One of President Ronald Reagan’s (1981-1989) favorite political sayings came from a song popular in his youth: “Dance with the one that brung ya.” more
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement May 10 in response to reports that President Trump reiterated his commitment to allowing year-round sales of fuel composed of 15 percent ethanol, instead of the 10 percent that is currently blended in the supply. more
Statement from Iowa Corn Growers Association chairman Mark Recker, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa: more
Herb Carlson was a blessing; he was a curse! more
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