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    AMES, Iowa--Lindsey Shultz of Charles City, and Eric Wilson of St. Paul, Minnesota, were united in marriage on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church in Ames.

      MUSCATINE, Iowa-- Jill Stalzer and Andrew Temple, both of Muscatine, were united in marriage on July 18, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Iowa City. The reception was held at the Sheraton Ballroom in Iowa City.

        SIOUX CITY, Iowa-- Ashley Nicole Vanderloo and Matthew Mark Pugh were married Aug. 15, 2015 in an outdoor ceremony at The Marina Inn- Garden Terrace. A reception followed with a dinner and dance.

          SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Kate Hennies and Jake Vander Linden, both of Astoria, New York, were united in marriage on Sept. 26, 2015, at St. Lambert Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The reception was held at the Museum of Visual Materials.

            Esmeralda Chavez and Justin Anderson, both of Muscatine, were united in marriage on Aug. 15, 2015, in an outdoor ceremony at the Izaak Walton League.

              Melissa Paulsen and Chad Sanasack, both of Wilton, were united in marriage on Sept. 26, 2015 at Grace Lutheran Church. The reception was held at the Durant Community Center.

                Tara Shoultz and Kirk Hogan, both of Fruitland, were united in marriage on Aug. 29, 2015, at Two Rivers Lodge in Conesville. The reception was held at the same location.

                In honor of National Espresso Day, here's a look at the history of the espresso machine and how it came to be. The first steam-powered coffee machine was patented by Angelo Moriondo of Turin, Italy, in 1884.

                There’s nothing like the festive spread of beloved holiday meals to heighten the season’s celebratory gatherings. If you’re looking to enhance this year’s menu, try increasing the amount of plant-based foods. Adding plant foods, like vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils and whole grains, is a great way to make a meal healthier.

                With police out in force, there was no word of additional protests against strict government anti-pandemic measures Tuesday in Beijing, as temperatures fell well below freezing. Shanghai, Nanjing and other cities where online calls to gather had been issued were also reportedly quiet. Rallies against China’s unusually strict anti-virus measures spread to several cities over the weekend in the biggest show of opposition to the ruling Communist Party in decades. Authorities eased some regulations, apparently to try to quell public anger, but the government showed no sign of backing down on its larger coronavirus strategy, and analysts expect authorities to quickly silence the dissent.

                French President Emmanuel Macron will be the guest for the first state visit of Joe Biden’s presidency. The event this week is a revival of diplomatic pageantry that had been put on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden-Macron relationship has turned around from its choppy start. Macron briefly recalled France’s ambassador to the United States last year after the White House announced a deal to sell nuclear submarines to Australia that undermined a contract that France had to sell diesel-powered submarines. Today, Macron has become one of Biden’s most forward-facing European allies in the Western response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

                A greater-than-expected demand for aid has forced the Connecticut General Assembly to considering how to cover the extra cost of promised bonuses for thousands of frontline workers who remained on the job the during the coronavirus pandemic. Connecticut lawmakers voted Monday in a special session to revamp the distribution formula for the $30 million Connecticut Premium Pay Program for private sector workers. A proposal also would earmark an additional $76.6 million. The move comes after officials predicted planned bonuses of up to $1,000 for eligible workers would end up being only $233, given the large number of claimants.

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                It is common for families to include their pets in the holiday celebrations by giving them a taste of their favorite dishes. However, there are some traditional holiday foods that can be quite harmful to your pet.

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