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Insanely Cool Gadgets for Christmas

December 24, 2019 Have you ever tried to find just the right gift for that hard-to-buy for someone on your list? I know I’ve been at that crossroad area where it’s now or never so I end up getting something that I... more »»

Elves At Work

December 24, 2019 The magic of Christmas doesn’t “just happen.” The work of elves comes into play quite often. Look at that giant tree on Courthouse Square. more »»

Do You Suffer From SAD

December 17, 2019 Every one of us has had the ‘winter blues’ or have just ‘blah’ at one time or another. The feeling generally never last more than made a couple of weeks. Neither of these is SAD. more »»

Better Be Good

December 17, 2019 Every little boy and girl tries to be extra good around Christmas. Because - Santa Claus is watching. And, we are told we might get a lump of coal in our Christmas stocking if we are not good. more »»

Ways to Make The Right Decision

December 9, 2019 Making decisions can be extremely difficult and stressful. There are so many different aspects to consider when making a decision. more »»

Oh, Christmas Tree

December 9, 2019 The history of the Christmas tree is long and storied. Today, here is a “history” of our family Christmas trees. Of course, growing up, our family had the traditional, green Christmas tree. more »»

19th Amendment – Women’s Right to Vote

December 2, 2019 The calendar year 2020 marks the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. more »»

‘Tis The Season

December 2, 2019 Here’s the rule: beginning Thanksgiving day, you are not allowed to purchase anything for yourself that would be considered a “gift. more »»

Trials and Tribulations of a New Puppy

November 26, 2019 I’m a dog lover. I enjoy all sizes and breeds but I especially love big dog. more »»

Tips for Navigating Difficult “Turkey Talk” With Relatives This Holiday Season

November 26, 2019 As families and friends gather to celebrate the holidays, discussions surrounding current events and politics can boil over, turning a joyous occasion into a sour situation. more »»

Thank You For Your Service

November 15, 2019 I am proud to be an American. more »»

An Act of Sadness

November 8, 2019 The following is an excerpt from the personal journal of Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Rouse, Troop Commander, while serving in Iraq. There were four sets. more »»

I Can’t Take Another Year of Presidential Campaigns

November 6, 2019 If you look back into the country’s early days, members of Congress chose the presidential nominees. more »»

Visions from the Heartland

October 31, 2019 As a city councilman, I am concerned with the future and first impression of not only my community but our county as well. more »»

National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 25, 2019 With harvest in full swing and temperatures getting cooler and cooler, I find that it is extremely important to find ways to talk with teen drivers about staying safe when getting behind the wheel. more »»

Progress Through The Years

October 18, 2019 This is an exceptionally busy and equally exciting time of year at the newspaper. We are in the middle of football and volleyball at the high school level. We are coming into the election season. more »»

U.S. Political Parties

October 11, 2019 This is the continuation of my editorial that ran in the Oct. 1 issue of The Reporter. I will finish the historical political parties and continue with the current parties of our country. more »»

Pollinator Paradise

October 8, 2019 From the Iowa Tourism Bureau, here is an idea for a family outing within driving distance. more »»

U.S. Political Parties Past and Present

October 1, 2019 I have never been one to really follow politics and I try never to discuss politics especially today. more »»

It’s Autumn

September 30, 2019 Monday was the first day of Autumn. There is probably no other time of year as colorful as the Autumn days leading up to Winter. more »»



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