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This week is being celebrated as National Newspaper Week. Most newsrooms have struggled during the last 15 or 20 years as digital and internet sources surged across the landscape. Several newspapers ceased; others merged or consolidated. Some say that newspapers are dying. However, recent da…

DR. ROACH WRITES: If you haven’t gotten your influenza vaccine yet, it’s time to think about it. This year’s vaccine is similar to last year’s, but two of the components have been updated to match the strains that are circulating worldwide and expected to be epidemic in North America. In fac…

DEAR ANNIE: I’ve been divorced for a long time. My ex-husband, “Joe,” is living with “Sue.” She is the one who broke us up. I don’t care about that part anymore; she can have him.

WASHINGTON — I used to think there were certain rules about U.S. politics. There were things you had to do, like be nice to veterans. And things you could not do, like stand by a Supreme Court nominee accused of sexual assault, invite foreign leaders to investigate the families of your polit…

The judge took 130 pages to explain that Harvard’s “holistic review” admissions policies – which include ascribing particular attributes to certain ethnicities, such as Asian Americans, and assessing the value to Harvard of those attributes – are, considering 41 years of Supreme Court preced…

The Competitive Enterprise Institute has published a new paper, “Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions.” Keep in mind that many of the grossly wrong environmentalist predictions were made by respected scientists and government officials. My question for you is: If you we…

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The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has had a busy year fulfilling its mission to conserve and enhance our natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life in Iowa and ensure a legacy for future generations.

We’re all familiar by now with the reasons advanced for why elected Republicans shrivel like dry houseplants whenever they are asked to distance themselves from the president. They fear primary challengers. They dread his Twitter wrath. They like the judges. All true as far as it goes. And w…

DEAR ANNIE: I’m the mother of six children, three girls and three boys. I’ve discovered something that is hurtful to me. At my daughters’ homes, they have lots of photos of me and their dad and me alone or with them. But at my sons’ homes, there are no photos of me or even me with one of the…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was recently prescribed a CPAP machine for mild-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. I have a history of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and wondered if the pressure of the CPAP might cause the vertigo to kick in. — L.B.

The nation may not yet be entirely caught in the grip of impeachment fever, but a shift in the poll numbers suggests that since last week, we have gained a temperature.

I know the first school bell has rung, and probably the last thing anyone wants to think about is public education politics, but Republican educators can become super heroes for their profession. Not an end game, but a new beginning.

If Democrats are successful in removing the president from office (which they never will be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” — Donald Trump, roughly quoting Robert Jeffress, a conservative Dallas preacher

DEAR DR. ROACH: Frequently, after eating and most often after dinner, I begin to sneeze. The sneezing goes on up to 10 times. It doesn’t seem to matter what I eat or where I am. My husband calls the episodes “sneezures,” and we found that if he tickles me, I start to laugh and the “sneezures…

DEAR ANNIE: I have an abusive mother, and for many years I put myself in her path. Any time I opened up to someone about her behavior, I heard, “But she’s your mum,” or “She means well,” or “You only have one mother,” much like the letter writer “Chosen Family.”

WASHINGTON — Do you think that Donald Trump is a disgrace to the presidency, a danger to the republic, a cancer on the body politic? Do you think that his Ukrainian adventures were so blatantly transactional, so obviously inappropriate, so outlandishly unpresidential, that even Republicans m…

I know it has become almost a cliche by now, but can you imagine how Republicans would’ve reacted if President Barack Obama had behaved like President Donald Trump is behaving now?

DEAR ANNIE: I would like to tell “Distressed About Departing Dependent” to think about how she can best parent her adult child before caving and giving her money. At age 19, I married a man who spent any money we had and more. My parents didn’t want to support his spending habits so they cut…

During my student days at a UCLA economics department faculty/graduate student coffee hour in the 1960s, I was chatting with Professor Armen Alchian, probably the greatest microeconomic theory economist of the 20th century. I was trying to impress Alchian with my knowledge of statistical typ…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I love fish, but I am worried about mercury. I read that one could get too much mercury by eating too much fish. I can find no reference to mercury on the packaging. I also like to finish a package before going on to something else. By eating fish three or four times a week, …

DEAR ANNIE: I know that I was raised in the Stone Age. But some of the things I remember sure would be nice additions to today’s society. They’re called manners. I recall my mother saying, “Mind your manners.” Whenever she said that, I knew right then that what I was doing was unacceptable.

DEAR DR. ROACH: What can help a senior citizen with profound hearing loss? Many audiologists say a hearing aid can definitely help, but it seems it never happens. Mild and moderate hearing loss do well with amplification, but severe and profound are a different ballgame. What about a cochlea…

If Donald Trump were to tweet that 9 is a prime number, that Minneapolis is in Idaho, and that the sun revolves around the Earth – “Make Earth Great Again!” – would even five Republican senators publicly disagree with even one of the tweets? This matters in assessing the wisdom of beginning …

THE CONVERSATION — George Washington, hero of the American Revolution and the country’s first president, in 1796 withheld documents the House of Representatives had requested from him regarding treaty negotiations with France.

Now only 15 flags in the Foreign Ministry’s foyer represent the nations that have not yet succumbed to Beijing’s financial blandishments – targeted at governments and individual politicians – and other pressures to sever diplomatic relations with this island nation. There were 17 flags a few…

Immigrant children are dying at the border, President Trump boasts of being “locked and loaded” against Iran and the Amazon rainforest is burning. No wonder critics say we media workers should not be spending time on presidential candidates’ gaffes.

THE CONVERSATION — Today’s growing toll of deaths and serious illnesses associated with vaping represents just the latest variation on an age-old theme: our propensity to willfully inhale substances that damage our lungs.

The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh hasn’t required the formation of any super PACs. It hasn’t required the hiring of any dumpster-diving private detectives (so far as we know). It hasn’t even really required any elected Democratic officials.

THE CONVERSATION — Public health organizations around the world have been fighting for global eradication of polio since 1988. Through massive vaccination efforts, the incidence of polio has gone down 99% since then, with the virus eradicated from most of the countries on Earth.

The U.S. Department of Justice has recently sued the Baltimore County government alleging that its written test for police officer recruits was unfairly biased against black applicants. It turns out that black applicants failed the written test at a rate much greater than white applicants. T…

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Sept. 15 that he plans to pursue emergency regulations to quickly ban the sale of flavored e-cigarettes, making New York the second state to consider such a ban.

In the “fire and fury” phase of Donald Trump’s presidency, everyone worried that he’d impulsively start a war with North Korea.

Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng – lawyer, writer and former legislator – is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city’s youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient about Hong Kong’s …

DEAR DR. ROACH: Could you give some additional information about H. pylori infection? I was diagnosed with it recently, via biopsies taken during an endoscopic procedure. I was given instructions on antibiotics to be taken, which I followed through on. When talking to my doctor’s physician a…

DEAR ANNIE: I’ve had a HUGE sweet tooth all my life. I have also always been very active, and I eat healthy foods. However, I’m nervous that this is not enough to balance my intake of sugary goodies.

Just when we thought colleges could not spout loonier ideas, we have a new one from American University. They hired a professor to teach other professors to grade students based on their “labor” rather than their writing ability. The professor that American University hired to teach that non…

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Martin "Marty" Plaude, 78, Park Rapids, Minn., died Saturday, Sept. 28. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, MN. ceasefuneralhome.com.

Karl J. Mickelson age 85 of Clinton, died Thursday Oct. 10, 2019 at his home. Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no visitation or services. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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