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DFJ columnist publishes book

Arvid Huisman releases ‘More Country Roads’

October 26, 2012
The Daily Freeman Journal

Hamilton County native Arvid Huisman, whose weekly Country Roads column appears in the Daily Freeman-Journal on Mondays, has published another book. "More Country Roads" is a compilation of 72 of the weekly columns he has written over the past five years.

In 2007, he published Country Roads which included columns he had written since 1988.

Over the past 24 years he was written more than 900 columns. In addition he is a regular columnist for the bi-monthly Iowa History Journal magazine.

"It's difficult to explain why I chose the columns for this book," Huisman said. "Some I chose because I had significant reader response. Some, I felt, are better than others. At the risk of sounding egotistical, a few I just liked more than the others"

Huisman began writing a weekly column when he became publisher of the Creston News Advertiser in 1988. The Daily Freeman-Journal began publishing the column in 1990.

When Huisman left the Creston News Advertiser in 2000 he discontinued the column. Early in 2007 he resumed writing the column and it now appears in several Iowa newspapers.

Like the original Country Roads, his new book was self-published. Huisman designed the entire book himself including the cover.

His first book cover was a photo of a rural road near Ellsworth. The cover photo for his new book was taken in northern Polk County at a tiny village named White Oak.

"I love driving on Iowa's rural roads," Huisman said. "I have found beauty in every part of our state."

"More Country Road"s is available at Carolyn's Hallmark in Webster City. A book signing is scheduled for Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Huisman began his newspaper career at the Daily Freeman-Journal nearly 40 years ago. After working at KJFJ Radio in Webster City for seven years, he became sports editor at the Freeman-Journal in February 1973.

Later he worked at the Sioux City Journal where he became advertising manager in 1981.

After more than 30 years in the industry, Huisman left the newspaper business in June 2007 and is now the development and communications director for The Salvation Army in Des Moines. He also provides marketing and development consulting to Salvation Army Corps in Boone, Fort Dodge, Marshalltown, Newton and Ottumwa.

Huisman grew up in Hamilton County, attending grade school in Ellsworth, Jewell and Kamrar. He is a 1966 graduate of Northeast Hamilton High School in Blairsburg.

His wife is the former Cindy Fisher of Webster City. They reside in Ankeny where Cindy is employed in the continuing education department at Des Moines Area Community College. The couple has two adult children Dirk of Ankeny and Dena of La Crosse, Wis.

"We have moved around some," Huisman said, "but Hamilton County is still home for Cindy and me. Our roots are sunk very deeply there."



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