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During the holidays, be extra vigilant about protecting financial data
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · November 22nd, 2017
To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that's only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information - especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It's obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active.

Grassley's message for Iowans this Thanksgiving
by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley · November 22nd, 2017
As a lifelong family farmer, I give thanks for the natural resources that allow America's stewards of the soil to earn a living and help feed and fuel the world. Farmers spend long hours on the job, especially during the harvest season.

How to protect yourself from peripheral artery disease
by Report submitted · November 22nd, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
For the last six months or so, I've been having problems with my hips and legs cramping when I walk, although they feel better once I stop. I thought it was just because I'm getting old, but my friend was telling me about a leg vein disease called PAD and thinks I may have it. What can you tell me about this condition?

Pop-Tarts and Kraft cheese sandwich? Is that the grossest thing you can think of?
by Dan Brawner Columnist · November 22nd, 2017
Chris Jorgensen has snagged his 15 minutes of fame on social media, although the attention has been mostly negative.

AnnaMarie Carpenter, 79
by Report submitted · November 16th, 2017
AnnaMarie Carpenter, 79, formerly of Central City, went home to be with the Lord on November 11, 2017. She passed comfortably at her home in West Salem, Wisconsin after a long fight. Ann was born on February 18, 1938, in Iowa City, Iowa to Walter & Margaret (Sturtevant) Nieland. The family greeted friends from 9 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Central City, Iowa. Funeral Mass followed at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church conducted by Father Scott Boone. Inurnment for immediate family will be at a later date.

Beverly Krumm, 83
by Report submitted · November 16th, 2017
Beverly A. Krumm, 83, of Hiawatha, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017, at the Ed and Joan Hemphill Hospice Unit at St. Luke's Hospital, Cedar Rapids. The family will greet friends from 9 to 11 a.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Hiawatha. Funeral Mass will follow at 11 a.m. on Friday at the church conducted by Father Mark Ressler.

Can unraked leaves have a lasting impact on our country?
by Dan Brawner Columnist · November 16th, 2017
The leaves have been hanging on the trees this fall like they're afraid to let go. It may be pleasant to look at, but I think it has made me lazy. I keep thinking I can wait one more week before I rake. Who cares if I do? What will it matter to the fate of the world?

Dawn Cannon, 55
by Report submitted · November 16th, 2017
Dawn Cannon, 55, of Marion, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at her home after a long battle with cancer. The family greeted friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017, at Ascension Lutheran Church, Marion. Memorial Service were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Ascension conducted by Pastor Linda Livingston. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Marion.

Dolores Sinkey, 87
by Report submitted · November 16th, 2017
Dolores Joanne Sinkey, 87, of Central City, died Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha surrounded by her family. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, November 10, 2017, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Central City and one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Central City conducted by Rev. Brenda Ehret. Burial took place at Mt. Clark Cemetery in Central City.

How can you share your financial "abundance" with your family?
by Submitted By John A. Westfall · November 16th, 2017
Thanksgiving is almost here. Ideally, this day should be about more than football and the imminent arrival of Black Friday mega-sales. After all, the spirit of the holiday invites us to be grateful for what we have and for the presence of our loved ones.

Ronald Silver, 76
by Report submitted · November 16th, 2017
Ronald Eugene Silver, 76, of Central City, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017, at his home. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Central City.

Social security options for divorced spouses
by Report submitted · November 16th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior,
As a divorced woman, am I entitled to my ex-husband's Social Security benefits? I was married for 14 years and would like to know how this works.
Happily Divorced

Assistance dogs provide help and love
by Report submitted · November 9th, 2017
Dear Savvy Senior
What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? My sister, who's 58, has multiple sclerosis and I'm wondering if an assistance dog could help make her life a little easier.
Inquiring Sister

Healthy trick-or-treat snacks: sugar-free alternatives to candy
by Dan Brawner Columnist · November 9th, 2017
When I was a kid, one of the most exciting parts of Halloween was the day after when I had the leisure to sort through all my loot and make a thorough inventory.

Marion's Noise Pollution
by Bob Schlegel Marion, Iowa · November 9th, 2017
I am sorry, but I was born and raised in Dubuque and have since lived in several other cities across our great nation, but I have never encountered so many inconsiderate people as I have in Marion.
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