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Class of 2015: Live with purpose

May 29, 2015 Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Leaving high school or college certainly brings mixed feelings. Remember, closing one door opens an opportunity to knock on another one. more »»

The Kantor reading list: Beyond ‘Andersonville’

May 29, 2015 Recently a library patron told me that she had made a goal to read “Andersonville” by MacKinlay Kantor in 2015. more »»

Mowing or cutting the grass?

May 27, 2015 As close as I can figure, I’ve been mowing grass for nearly 60 years. It is a chore I don’t necessarily relish, but of all the things that need to be done in a yard mowing is one of my favorite. more »»

Traveling the interstate highways

May 27, 2015 I took a little road trip over the holiday weekend, heading north. more »»

Loading and unloading your boat

May 26, 2015 How you load and unload your boat at the boat ramp may not have an impact on how many fish you catch, but getting it in the water can set the tone for the day, for you and for any other angler... more »»

Gone to the city

May 22, 2015 Bill Fultz, Keep Iowa Beautiful Board member, long time friend, and retired public relations / marketing executive came into my office the other day. more »»

A busy Memorial Day weekend

May 20, 2015 Jam of the Week: “Treetop” by Clams Casino This Memorial Day weekend is shaping up to be a busy one, namely due to the expectation that JunqueFest will be bringing thousands of visitors to the area. more »»

Progress toward trade expansion

May 20, 2015 Legislation to expand international trade is moving forward in the Senate. I voted in favor of debating a bill to restore Trade Promotion Authority for the executive branch. more »»

It’s tree planting time

May 19, 2015 When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago, as the old saying goes. more »»

Clear Lake success

May 19, 2015 Too much of the time we hear about bodies of water or fish species that are experiencing problems, and it’s good that we learn about those problems because if we don’t know about them, we can’t fix... more »»

A gift to the graduates: Gradvice

May 18, 2015 For many folks the big deal in May is high school graduatio. more »»

Schooled on scripture

May 18, 2015 I recently got to put together a little program for a wedding shower. The scripture I used was the fruit of the spirit. more »»

Ready to volunteer?

May 15, 2015 I signed up last week to be a volunteer for the RAGBRAI pass-through coming on July 21. It only took a minute to fill out the form and tell the organizers how I could help. more »»

Into a firefighter’s shoes

May 13, 2015 Jam of the Week: “Empty Nesters” by Toro Y Moi I’ve attended several firefighter training sessions during my time with The Daily Freeman-Journal. more »»

Transplanting time is here

May 12, 2015 May planting time has finally arrived. The safe date for transplanting most plants here in northern Iowa is considered to be May 15, as chances for a late frost are slim to none. more »»

In the shade of the old apple tree

May 11, 2015 The year I was 12-years-old my family moved from town to a farm. Some distance south of the house, along a farm lane, an apple tree grew in the fence lin. more »»

The colors of the rainbow

May 11, 2015 I am fortunate that I get to travel rural roads on my daily round-trip commute to my job. more »»

Grateful for opportunities

May 8, 2015 My eighth-grade son just returned from a wonderful trip to Washington, D.C. He was part of the annual WC2DC trip which takes students to the nation’s capital to visit historical and educational sites. more »»

Vacation Planning: How the library can help

May 8, 2015 One of my favorite ways to view my growing-up years is through the lens of my family’s numerous - and often hilarious - vacations. more »»

Vinyl gets a new spin

May 6, 2015 Jam of the Week: “Color Her Sunshine” by Ta-ku Vinyl record sales have been seeing a revival as of late. more »»

 
 
 

 

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