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Cabin Life

July 24, 2014 Ah, cabin life! Recently Mark and I spent a couple of nights at our cabin, and it was wonderful! While we call it 'our' cabin, it actually belongs to Winnebago County Conservation. more »»

 
 
 
At The Movies

July 22, 2014 We have a wonderful theatre in the Riviera, downtown Emmetsburg. They have a lot of the latest releases right out of the gate. This winter on a sub-zero night, we decided to go to the movie. more »»

Embracing Customized Employment

July 17, 2014 As of July 1, the county’s mental health services along with disability services began being handled through a new regional approach. more »»

It’s The Law!

July 15, 2014 It’s no great secret – I enjoy finding little off-beat and out of the ordinary stories that make you think or laugh, depending on content. more »»

Visiting Ireland

July 10, 2014 In June I was one of the 47 on the Trip to Ireland sponsored by our local St. Pat's Association. more »»

The Grilling Season Is Here

July 8, 2014 There some things that we are irreverent about at our house. Gardening is one. 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 »»

 
 

Supervisors July 29, 2014

The Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors will meet at 8 a.m. at the Palo Alto County Courthouse. more »

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