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Benefits of the farm bill

April 22, 2014 Often about 5:30 in the afternoon (on the days I write this column), I sit at my desk and try to remember where the day went, and what I'm going to write about this week. more »»

A tall order

April 21, 2014 There are some things over which we have absolutely no control. Our height is one of them. I come from a line of tall people. My great uncle Klaas was 6’6” and weighed 300 pounds in his prime. more »»

Rural pastors — a special calling

April 21, 2014 With Holy Week and Easter just behind us for another year, I’m thinking of the pastors of our churches around Hamilton County as they take a breath from the planning, scheduling, and executing... more »»

Remembering the heroes

April 18, 2014 I slipped home earlier this week to grab a bite of lunch and as I nibbled on my sandwich, I flipped through the channels on the television. more »»

Good Friday – Time to plant potatoes?

April 15, 2014 With Good Friday almost upon us, some folks will be gearing up to plant their potatoes. It is a commonly held belief that potatoes should always be planted on Good Friday. more »»

Can you go home again?

April 14, 2014 In 1940 a book was published from the writings of the late Thomas Wolfe. more »»

A different time in kindergarten

April 14, 2014 Not too long ago my fellow columnist made mention of starting kindergarten. I believe Arvid said his start on the road of education began in Jewell in the spring of the year. more »»

Get Money $mart at the library

April 11, 2014 You may have noticed the Money Smart Events happening around town this week. Hopefully you attended a session or participated in Dash for the Stash. more »»

Citizens take the lead

April 11, 2014 “That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselve. more »»

New recipes and twists on the old

April 9, 2014 Jam of the Week: “L” by Tycho. The response to my column’s sudden shift to cooking from the perspective of a newbie has been surprising. more »»

Great river birding trail

April 8, 2014 You probably know it as the hiking trail along the river. I call it Webster City’s “Great River Birding Trail” a.k.a. The Boone River Hiking trail. more »»

Eb Griper on Facebook. You think?

April 7, 2014 I saw a familiar rusty old pick-up truck in the coffee shop parking lot as I drove by. It was the ’50-something Studebaker driven by my grumpy old pal, Eb Griper. more »»

Remembering a dedicated bus driver

April 7, 2014 Last week I went to the funeral visitation for a school bus drive. more »»

The waiting game begins

April 4, 2014 I had a call from my little granddaughter, Ariel, earlier this week. She wanted to tell me that her new baby brother would be coming in a few day. more »»

House has active week of debate

April 4, 2014 As session is drawing towards a close, we have remained very active this week debating bills on the House floor and working with colleagues from the Senate on bills as they make their way back and... more »»

A squirrel banquet

April 1, 2014 A squirrel banquet If you're a fan of cowboy hats, old pickup trucks, flannel shirts, enormous deer racks, big fish and cathead biscuits with sawmill gravy, then you're going to like the subject... more »»

Inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth

March 31, 2014 When my wife and I moved to the city from rural Iowa 14 years ago one of the biggest changes we experienced was church music. more »»

Past reminders and modern highways

March 31, 2014 So I spent my spring break doing a lot of driving and a lot of visiting, headed north in spite of the fact that I rarely hear of anyone going that direction for spring brea. more »»

Celebrating the art of poetry

March 28, 2014 April has the special designation of being National Poetry Mont. more »»

Springtime at the Chamber

March 28, 2014 During that cold snap called winter, we’ve been busy planning. more »»



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