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Celebrate winter with a craft stick snowflake

Photo of a popsicle snowflake

During the holiday break, my mother-in-law was putting her former-teacher skills into action. After a Christmas cookie decorating contest for the family in which she gave out awards such as “Most symmetrical tree” and “Most wordy,” she broke out a snowflake craft for her three granddaughters to work on while their father was out grilling…

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Get free stuff at the Dickinson Recycling Center Swap Shop

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It’s all free, folks. Latex and acrylic paint, drain cleaner, weed control products, insect repellent — the Dickinson Recycling Center swap shop has a variety of household products that county residents can have for free. People may bring in household hazardous chemicals to the Milford collection center and dispose of them for no charge, from…

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Snow slime recipe to make at home!

Photo of polar bear in slime

We have a little snow outside, but sometimes that makes us hungry for even more snow. We want to play in the white stuff! If you’re itching for some fun snow to play with, why not make your own? To make your own snow slime, you’ll need just a couple of ingredients: 1 tsp. borax…

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How to create snow masterpieces

Photo of a girl coloring snow with food coloring

It looks like snow is on its way this week, so we’re all going to be wondering how to have fun once we’ve done the obligational snow angels, sledding, snowball fights and tubing! One of our favorite ways to have fun in the snow is to let out some colorful creativity. As creative as you…

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How does a hedgehog roll up?

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Pretty much every time that we pick up Honey the hedgehog, she rolls into a ball. Her pointy spines stand erect, and you can’t see any other part of her. (See a video of Honey the hedgehog here.) The reason that hedgehogs do this is the same reason that turtles will pull their appendages into…

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Winter weather predictions for northwest Iowa

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With forecasts this week ranging from sleet to 10 inches of snow now moving to a 40 percent chance of snow accumulating less than an inch in northwest Iowa, I think winter weather is on all of our minds. What is the weather going to do before Christmas? What are we in for in January?…

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How to make your own hatching dinosaur egg

Photo of broken bath bomb eggs

Bryanna and Ashley had been working hard making hatching dinosaur eggs for Nature Tots and had tried a couple of recipes to get the desired texture. I went to the kitchen at the Dickinson County Nature Center and picked up their egg creations. One felt quite firm, and I was impressed. I picked it up…

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