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2008-08-05 15:00:36

By Matthew Wilde, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Aug. 5--SHELL ROCK -- Combines are rolling in Northeast Iowa as the oat harvest is well under way. Though two weeks later than normal, farmers are generally pleased with the results. Yield and test weights are considered normal to near normal. Monday's weekly U.S. Department of Agriculture Crops and Weather Report said Iowa's oat harvest is 42 percent complete. The five-year average is 88 percent. Larry Neuhaus of rural Shell...

2008-08-04 15:00:49

By Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Aug. 4--WATERLOO -- The U.S. needs to diversify its energy sources, as well as fuel types, as the heart of its energy policy, an economist at the American Petroleum Institute said last week. A comprehensive policy that includes exploration of new domestic oil and gas supplies is central to meet the needs of a global demand for oil that has increased from 77 million barrels per day in 2001 to an estimated 90 million today, said John...

2008-08-04 15:00:28

By Emily Christensen, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Aug. 4--CEDAR FALLS -- A vegetative island in the middle of the Hartman Reserve Nature Center parking lot is getting a makeover that will improve the look of the land and protect the forest surrounding it. County Conservation Board staff began building a rain garden in the area this spring, but their work was cut short by the wild weather events in May and June. Work has resumed, and Ed Gruenwald, director of the nature center,...

2008-08-03 15:00:13

By John Molseed, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Aug. 3--CEDAR FALLS -- Believe it or not, cable television companies and their customers share common ground. They both usually end up paying for networks and channels they don't want. Both want to find ways to trim the extra channels to save money. Betty Zeman, Cedar Falls Utilities spokeswoman, joined representatives from more than 155 cable companies for a three-day conference in Orlando, Fla., for independent cable companies. The...

2008-07-31 15:01:02

By Josh Nelson, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Jul. 31--INDEPENDENCE -- The Buchanan County Health Center is about to go through its largest growth spurt since its inception. A series of renovations will kick off later this year, beginning with conversion of a portion of the long-term care wing to make room for more specialist services. A more ambitious second phase will enlarge the hospital's surgical area and emergency rooms. "It's the biggest project we will have had done since...

2008-07-31 15:00:35

By Jon Ericson, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Jul. 31--WATERLOO -- Things were starting to look up at the George Wyth Lake beach, bacteria tests were shaping up and rarely showing problems for swimmers. At the end of this year, the lake could have been removed from a "vulnerable" waters list kept by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Then came the floods of June, which reformed much of the beach, leave some of it barren of sand and other spots extending farther into the...

2008-07-28 15:00:35

By Emily Christensen, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Jul. 28--CEDAR FALLS -- Iowans interested in improving George Wyth Lake can attend a meeting Tuesday to discuss and review a recent water quality study and suggestions for improving the lake. George Wyth Lake is on the state's impaired waters list because of excess E. coli in the water, which may indicate the presence of disease-causing pathogens. Geese that reside in the park appear to be the primary contributor to this problem....

2008-07-14 15:00:27

By Dennis Magee, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Jul. 12--DUNKERTON -- The property featured 22 acres of impressive oaks. A few towering examples likely started growing 150 years ago. "There were probably a couple dozen monstrous ones," Bobby Wheeler says. Four sentinels guarding the woodland's northeast corner stood out as particular favorites. They served as a landmark for hunters and were Wheeler's old friends. The stand of trees also contained a network of trails wide...

2008-07-12 15:00:21

By Jens Manuel Krogstad, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Jul. 12--WATERLOO -- State Sen. David Hartsuch, R-Bettendorf, said he will make energy policy the centerpiece of his campaign for the First Congressional District. Hartsuch chose the All-Stop truck stop off of Highway 63 for his first appearance in Waterloo since securing the Republican nomination last month. He will oppose the Democratic incumbent, Bruce Braley, in November. The emergency medicine physician focused almost...

2008-07-11 15:00:25

By Karen Heinselman, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa Jul. 11--TRIPOLI -- Squeals emerge from a cluster of bushes and trees. About a half-dozen adolescent girls swat at mosquitoes and snack on raspberries as they poke through underbrush at Cedar Bend Park. The young ladies are attending a twice-a-week day camp offered by the Bremer County Conservation Board this month. They are supposed to save the berries, but the fresh treat is too tempting for some, and hands dip repeatedly into the...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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