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Last week I included part one of “The Missing Letters,” a chapter from Ghosts of the Iowa Great Lakes, written by Bruce Carlson. The book contains a collection of ghost stories from around the area, with fictitious names used to protect the … more
When can one donation do a lot of good for a lot of people? When you are donating to UNIFUND. UNIFUND has been around for many years. Over time, the community organizations participating in the annual fund raising effort have changed. Still, the … more
October is in full swing, and for many that means scary movie marathons, haunted houses, and overall frights and delights. However, COVID-19 has disrupted most plans for the coming holiday and forced us all to face REAL horror right outside our … more
This is Fire Safety Week and this year's theme is “Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Ask yourself this question: Have you ever left the kitchen while cooking? Well -- … more
It is easy to understand the value of good water quality in Five Island Lake. Watershed projects, like the one happening at Five Island, are started because residents see this value. What fewer people see are the parts and pieces that go into these … more
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sends out weekly fall color reports each week in October. Go to the Weekly Fall Colors Report on the Iowa DNR website iowadnr.gov Their first report for north central and northwest Iowa: trees are … more
Years ago, while completing management training within "Corporate America", I wrote a report on the most applicable and valuable lesson from The 7 habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Try to suppress that yawn and hear me out!). … more
Last week, the third week of September, is observed as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first sitting U.S. President to proclaim the annual promotion of safety on the farm. That was in 1944. This week, Palo … more
Communities throughout Iowa develop projects to attract visitors and potential homeowners and businesses. The results include museums, historical attractions, sporting venues, an emphasis on the arts, natural sites that are made to accommodate … more
With the annual flu season coming on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are cautious about what they do and where they go. Some days there is very little traffic and very few vehicles parked downtown. School activities are keeping … more
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