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Iowa Road Trip

August 27, 2015 The Iowa Tourism Office has provided information that could send us on a Road Trip across the state. Here are some highlights for September. Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. more »»

This Is Where We Live

August 25, 2015 The following was released a few weeks back and of course, my sister, who lives in Ames, spotted it first and sent it to me, wondering how I rated. more »»

Amazing Corn

August 20, 2015 How many of you readers spent time in a corn field during the summer months? Detasseling, of course! Memories of those few weeks of summer are fresh as ever. more »»

The To-Do List

August 18, 2015 People like lists. It’s a given. Just think about it - you have grocery lists, the world-famous “Honey-do” list, bucket lists and the to-do list. more »»

A Taste of the Grape

August 13, 2015 The Iowa State Fair opens today and already winners have been announced. We received a news release last week announcing the winners in the Iowa State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. more »»

Take It Outside

August 11, 2015 At some point, everyone has heard the expression, “Take it outside...” Now, depending on the situation, that simple phrase can have some interesting meaning. more »»

Kids at Camp

August 6, 2015 My grandson is at camp in Texas for two weeks. This is the third year he has gone to Camp Eagle. Last year was not the most pleasant experience, but this year is going great. more »»

Five Mysteries

August 4, 2015 Like a good mystery? Everyone does, to some degree. This selection was shared with me during the past week and I?found it quite interesting. Let’s see what it does for you folks. more »»

Fair Days Continue

July 30, 2015 The Palo Alto County Fair has come to a conclusion. The kids had a great time and earned nice honors. And the food was good, too. more »»

Farewell To The Fair

July 28, 2015 If you were one of the people who ventured out over the past week to the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds to look around at the exhibits and livestock, thank you! As a member of the County Fair Board, I... more »»

So...Here’s The Deal

July 23, 2015 So... more »»

Be Realistic, People

July 21, 2015 In the past couple of weeks our publications have received letters to the editor complaining about truck traffic through the community. more »»

Water Quality

July 16, 2015 The Five Island Lake Board has continuing discussions on water quality, so it was with interest that we read about Iowa Soybean Association’s Water Quality Open House. more »»

Trouble Understanding

July 14, 2015 In the course of my years in this business, I’ve attended countless meetings of city councils, boards of supervisors, school boards and countless other organizations and groups. more »»

The Joy of Reading

July 9, 2015 “A Good Book Can Transport Us To Other Worlds, Or Reveal More About This One” I was reading an article about “reading” and it started out with the words above. How very true. more »»

A Little More Pride

July 7, 2015 A good friend of mine sent me this piece last week, so I shared the first half of this piece with you as a tribute to this wonderful place we call home. more »»

Fun on the Fourth

July 1, 2015 Hard to believe this weekend is the Fourth of July. The first part of sumer has absolutely flown. This weekend brings tons of Fun on the Fourth. more »»

Have A Little Pride

June 30, 2015 A good friend of mine sent me this piece over the weekend, (which was a blessing in disguise since I didn’t have anything on my mind to write about) and after reading it, with the Fourth of July... more »»

A Dream Job

June 25, 2015 How would you like to be an undercover shopper? Sometime this position is called a “mystery” shopper. Sounds like a dream job to me. more »»

Words To Ponder

June 23, 2015 Last week I?shared some ideas on how to talk with a youth participating in summer sports, or any sports, for that matter. more »»



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