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It’s Not Time Yet

September 16, 2014 Friday night’s frost scare sent people scurrying outdoors with old blankets and sheets to cover flowers and vegetable plants. more »»

 
 
 
Back Country Roads

September 11, 2014 Traveling the back roads of the county this past weekend, I observed that fall really is around the corner. more »»

Decisions, Decisions

September 9, 2014 I have a dilemma here – a very simple one at that – what to write about. more »»

By The Numbers

September 3, 2014 When I was working on the Project LIBERTY section, a most fascinating piece was “LIBERTY By The Numbers.” We had talked about how much one of those bales might weigh:. Now we know:?1,500 pound. more »»

Best of Friends

September 3, 2014 Forty years ago I met a pretty little red-haired girl. She came to our school bus stop and began to lean against the pole. "No", I told her, "that's the spit pole. more »»

Words For Youth

August 28, 2014 Every so often, no matter what community you may be in, the topic turns to the youth of the community and how they are frustrated with a lack of activities geared towards them. more »»

What's In A Name?

March 25, 2014 When I arrived at my desk back in November, there was a note posted on the computer monitor with a list of all the towns in our area covered by our papers. I did not find that at all unusual. more »»

`Twas A Grand Weekend For All

March 20, 2014 The “good byes” have been said, promises made to renew friendships in a year’s time, and the book closes on another St. Patrick’s Celebration in Iowa Irish Capitol. This past weekend’s St. more »»

A Lesson in Civics

February 27, 2014 I had a refresher lesson in civics recently when I attended Veterans Day on Capital Hill in Des Moines. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

November 26, 2013 If you happen to be in your late twenties, sitting around a campfire and discussing the good old days of college, it is inevitable that the conversation will turn to the subject of whose... more »»

The End of Summer

October 10, 2013 In Part 1 I mentioned that I was caring for my daughter, a teacher of middle school and high school English in Nebrask. more »»

Royal Flush

September 26, 2013 Despite the title of this piece, it isn’t about poker. For starters, I’m not good at poker, because for some reason, I?don’t possess a poker face. more »»

Celebrate May Day

April 30, 2013 Tomorrow begins the month of May. We welcomed April, but got fooled from the get-go as Spring turned into Winter then back to Spring. Are we now facing a giant leap into Summer? May 1 is “May Da. more »»

Garage Sale Season

April 25, 2013 The citywide garage sale is coming up next weekend. It’s time to clean out some clutter and put a little cash in your pocket while doing so. more »»

Spring Things

April 18, 2013 Spring is right around the corner, even though we are still experiencing days that look and feel like winter. We may go directly from winter to summer -- you just can’t out-guess Mother Nature. more »»

Chicks with Guns

April 16, 2013 Every year my dad does his own Christmas shopping. Usually his gifts garner a lot of complements and consist of something pretty like jewelr. more »»

This ‘N That

April 11, 2013 Usually, when I sit down to write a column, I’ve got some topic to tackle, offer a commentary on, or just want to share with you. But, I must confess – the idea shelf is empty. Pffffft. Nad. more »»

Community Papers Tops For News

April 9, 2013 Survey: Community papers still tops for local news -- That was the headline that of a National Newspaper Association press release. “The numbers are self-evident. more »»

Signs of Spring!

April 4, 2013 I think spring is finally going to make an appearance. I was doubtful for a while but signs of spring are popping up all over. more »»

A Reprieve – For Now

April 2, 2013 For a long, long time, I’ve felt that our society has become litigation-happy. more »»

A ‘White’ Easter?

March 28, 2013 How long has it been since we’ve had a “white” Easter? White Christmas, yes. But Easter? We should research how often Easter lands in March. Not to say, however, that there hasn’t been snow in Apri. more »»

 
 

Victorian House September 21, 2014

Victorian House Museum open from 1 to 4 p.m. more »

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