Lifestyles

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Farm ponds can be found on most large pieces of property in Polk County and they offer water for livestock as well as the opportunity for fun for the property owners.

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It is nearly time for kids to return to school after the summer break. The transition can sometimes be difficult for parents and kids. Maybe we’ve all been staying up a little too late since school got out and for many getting up early has not been a priority. It’s time to get back into a routine.

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Who likes losing money on their calves? If the room is somewhat quiet, you as a producer might want to think about weaning and preconditioning those calves to add some value.

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Everyone needs time to defuse and relax, and for many Americans during the summer that means taking a vacation. However, that vacation you have been longing for might not always do the trick. Sometimes those precious getaways end up being more stressful than the daily grind. There are some s…

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I have been noticing Japanese Beetles on several different types of plants for the past two weeks. Most gardeners know this enemy well. The damage adult beetles do in a short period of time can destroy flowers, plants, and vegetables.

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Nationwide, falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits and account for more than 8 million hospital emergency room visits each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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June is Men’s Health Month, an ideal time for men to get a checkup and assess their overall health. It’s also a great time to stop avoiding the doctor, something many men tend to do unless someone — maybe a spouse — urges them to be proactive about taking better care of themselves.

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Snakes are out! I have been seeing live and dead snakes along the roads in the last few weeks. Snakes eat insects, fish, amphibians, birds, rodents, eggs and other reptiles. In addition, many snakes eat nuisance animals, too. In fact, one rat snake can eat two or three rats every two weeks.

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For most people without certain chronic conditions, eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult. You eat nutritious meals and snacks that, accompanied by a modest exercise routine, should help you lose weight, strengthen your overall health and boost energy.

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Although summer is officially less than a month away, we have already had several days that have been in the 90s after a relatively cool start to spring. It’s easy to get overheated when you aren’t used to extremely warm weather, but there are precautions you should take even in the hottest months.