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Debate continues over this winter’s forecast

December 16, 2014 The big questions is: Will we have a cold winter, or, will we have a mild winter. Weather forecasters are pretty tight-lipped about thi. more »»

Cynical about Santa

December 15, 2014 Do you recall believing in Santa Claus when you were a kid? I don’t. Oh, I accepted his candy when he was handing it out free. I colored Santa Claus drawings with my classmates in grade schoo. more »»

A holiday visit from family

December 15, 2014 I remember friends telling me about how much they looked forward to their grown children who lived away coming home for a visit, to stay several days or a week or whatever the schedule would all. more »»

Hundreds of Christmas pixies

December 12, 2014 There are some great Christmas memories in the making around Hamilton County. Lots to see and do this weekend and next. more »»

Using the library from home

December 12, 2014 It’s official: the library is decked out for the holiday seaso. more »»

How about a present for the town?

December 10, 2014 Several studies indicate that the average spending per person for Holiday Season gifts ranges from $100 to $1000. All of that tends to go to other individuals. more »»

From one holiday to the next

December 10, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Peaks and Troughs” by We Were Promised Jetpacks I hope all of our readers had a great Thanksgiving holiday. That wish is coming a bit late. more »»

Poinsettia pointers

December 9, 2014 There are many forms of poinsettia plants available, ranging from dwarf, single stem, hanging baskets, tree forms and occasionally they are sold as cut flowers. more »»

Wolves on decline

December 9, 2014 The wolves of Isle Royale are declining due to inbreeding. The famed wolves of Michigan's Isle Royale National Park may be on their way to extinction. more »»

Fish differently for different fish

December 9, 2014 An angler new to ice-fishing and I were having a conversation recently about ice-fishing. He had some questions, and I tried to answer those questions. more »»

Deck the halls

December 2, 2014 As a small child, I thought the lyrics to this song to be “Deck the halls with balls of holly. more »»

A different style of ice-fishing

December 2, 2014 There is no question that ice-fishing season has arrived early in the Midwest. For those of us who like to go ice-fishing, that’s a good thing. more »»

The backyard bird feeder

December 2, 2014 Well, here we are … just past the month of November and we still have song birds out there that should have migrated through here during the first week of September. more »»

Christmas is love in action

December 1, 2014 If I meet you on the street or in a store in the next few weeks I will wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope that’s okay with you. more »»

Giving back all year long

December 1, 2014 This is the time of year when most of us start to think seriously about giving, whether from a sense of obligation or joy or perhaps from finally believing the endless media ads telling us what to... more »»

A quiet day with family

November 28, 2014 It was a quiet Thanksgiving at the Blankenship house. We stayed home and had dinner with just Daniel and our four legged children. more »»

Making memories this winter

November 28, 2014 The total quiet woke me. At 2:30am on Dec. 22, 2013, I woke from a dead sleep, instinctively aware that something was wrong. more »»

A chance to make a difference

November 26, 2014 Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! Nov. 29, 2014 is Small Business Saturday around the United States. more »»

Iowa’s greatest teams — Our hometowns

November 26, 2014 Successful Iowa communities have similarities to winning sports teams. Championship teams have great coaches and talented players. more »»

Put a glow in your fishing

November 25, 2014 Lure presentation is always an important part of fishing success. more »»



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