Like pop versus soda, drinking fountain versus bubbler, tennis shoes versus sneakers, we Americans have regional tells in our language that can out us as being from a certain place.
Columnist Erin Grace has covered a variety of beats since she started at The World-Herald in 1998 — from education to City Hall and from the city's western suburbs to its inner-city neighborhoods. Follow her on Twitter @ErinGraceOWH. Phone: 402-444-1136.
Farmers, lawyers, a real estate appraiser and real estate agents attended a recent campaign event for Amy Klobuchar in Stanton, Iowa. They were cradle Iowans and transplants. They are used to being in the minority politically in conservative western Iowa.
Jimmy Smith, a retired U.S. Postal Service worker, died Jan. 15 at the age of 65.
Here's a story about two buddies: Sawyer, 12, and James, 11.
Preston Love Jr. is busy because he’s 77, one year past a stroke and knows that time is all too short. He still has so much to do, especially in educating the young.
Archbishop George Lucas traveled with bishops from Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. They prepared what the Omaha Archdiocese calls “exhaustive” reports on their activities and dioceses, a soup to nuts of diocesan life, from the liturgical to financial.
As the U.S. government forced American Indian tribes westward, Billy Caldwell moved with his people, winding up in western Iowa in present day Council Bluffs. His tribe is the namesake for Pottawattamie County.
Jean Bailey has been volunteering for the Methodist Health System for 37 years. She is Methodist’s oldest volunteer in a group that numbers some 600.
Potential snow days are where meteorologists and school superintendents shine. I plucked some shiny tweets off the Twitter tree and am handing out awards.
Ryan Basye is trying to collect them all for his dad, Jack.