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Childhood Memories

December 1, 2015 I sit here on the farm listening to the wind blow and watching the snowfall during the first snowstorm of the year, and I remember snowstorms of my childhood. more »»

No Double Standards

November 27, 2015 Some interesting questions need to be answered about a lawsuit that could have very far-reaching effects on agriculture in Iowa and across the United States. more »»

Giving Thanks

November 24, 2015 This time of year there are numerous articles and columns written about Thanksgiving and giving thanks. We have so much for which we are thankful, and we should express those thoughts every day. more »»

10 Spots To Visit

November 19, 2015 Since I’ve become fond of lists of things you didn’t know (or worry about), I’ve found lots of off-the-wall things and place. more »»

A Look At Freedom

November 17, 2015 Freedom – We all enjoy the comforts of what that word represents, usually without giving it a second thought. more »»

Rules Of Iowa

November 12, 2015 A friend living in Omaha sent me the following set of rules for living in Iowa, after watching and hearing lots of “Urban”?ideas and comments about us folks out here “in the sticks,” as it were. more »»

We’re Still There

November 10, 2015 The years have gone by, and we remember those who have died; But what about the many who came back and are trying to survive. more »»

Greenlight A Vet

November 10, 2015 Remember the green lights Emmetsburg residents used when hosting RAGBRAI last year? Put those green lights to use again to "Greenlight A Vet. more »»

On The Road Again

November 5, 2015 It’s good to be back in the news room and it’s time to be on the go again. So let’s take a look at where we could travel during November. more »»

Local Elections and Newspapers

November 3, 2015 by David Chavern, President & CEO, National Newspaper Association November is election time in America. Voters in many local municipalities will go to the polls soon to choose local public officials. more »»

The Blame Game

October 29, 2015 One of the things I?learned many years ago as I started my career in community journalism was the fact that in a community setting, people will be reluctant to blame an individual if something goes... more »»

Down To The Wire

October 27, 2015 Here at the offices of The Reporter and The Democrat, we’ve benn running a little race. more »»

A Social Phenomenon

October 22, 2015 It was about this time in 1979 I attended my first showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I went with a friend on a Saturday night following the Davenport West High School homecoming dance. more »»

Fears And Phobias

October 20, 2015 Everybody has some kind of fear - be it imagined or real. For some folks, the fears are minor and for some, they are phobia. more »»

How Appropro?

October 15, 2015 As the political season is in full scream, Palo Alto County’s reputation of being a predictor of political sentiment has continued to precede us. more »»

Coming Home Traditions

October 13, 2015 The nights are growing crisp, the daylight hours are diminishing and crops are being harvested. It must be about time for Homecoming. more »»


October 8, 2015 Anniversaries, those days that acknowledge a special occurrence. I think we should pay more attention to anniversaries and we should celebrate them larger that we currently do. more »»

Yummm, Pizza!

October 6, 2015 October is Pizza Mont. more »»

Autumn, Sneaking In

October 1, 2015 It’s creeping in slowly so you almost don’t notice it but Autumn is definitely on the approach. There’s a new feel to the air with the crisper mornings and cool nights. more »»

Heads Up!

September 29, 2015 As I was thinking about a topic to grace this space (trust me, poetry is not my forte`) I?thought of the old phrase, “Heads Up!” Now, depending on the situation, the traditional Heads Up can be used... more »»



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