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Dollar Stretchers

Want to live better on the money you already make? Visit to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2011 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.Removing Pet HairTo get pet hair off carpet, clothes, etc., try using a rubber glove. It's a great pet hair and lint ...

Northey Comments on weather

DES MOINES Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October."Harvest has slowly started as many farmers continue to wait for ...

Slices of Life

By Jill PertlerThe legend of Bigfoot has existed for generations. The hairy, smelly creature has been sighted mainly in the northwestern United States and Canada, but his territory must be expanding because a documentary filmmaking crew from a national cable television channel recently ...

Dollar Stretchers

Dollar StretchersWant to live better on the money you already make? Visit to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2011 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.Greasy Pans?For easy cleanup of grease in a pan after cooking or baking meat, especially ham, put in the ...

Laura on Life

As a parent, you may worry whether your squirrelly, irresponsible child will become a successful adult one day. Can a child be successful as an adult if he never changes from a child into what society perceives as an adult?I watched a movie a long time ago that touched on this very issue. It ...

Slices of Life

By Jill PertlerControl. Many of us seek it with an energetic zest reserved for the most important things in life: winning the big game, passing the final exam or getting the last drop of Ketchup out of the bottle. For much of my existence, control was my quest. I pursued it with a zestful ...

Dollar Stretchers

Want to live better on the money you already make? Visit to find hundreds of articles to help you stretch your day and your dollar! Copyright 2011 Dollar Stretcher, Inc.Handy to HaveEveryone who has to use a walker to get around should have a back-scratcher in the pocket on the walker. It ...

Grassley Q. & A.

withU.S.Senator Chuck GrassleyQ: What is the farm bill?A: About every five years, Congress passes a comprehensive farm and food policy bill, covering a range of programs and provisions. The last farm bill, in 2008, contained 15 titles for commodity price and income supports, farm credit, trade, ...

Laura on Life

ByLaura SnyderWe have two cats that bask in my daughter's adoration. Unfortunately my oldest son is allergic to cats, so they bask outdoors.The cat's dishes are on my back deck in a hopeless attempt to feed the cats my cats and nothing but my cats so help me God.God's other creatures have other ...

Slices of Life

By Jill PertlerFor as long as I can remember, I've been in love with my rhubarb.It's a one-sided relationship, to be sure. If there can be such a thing as a relationship with a garden plant.It may sound counterintuitive, having a soft spot in one's heart for a fruit that can't even be described ...