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Weddings and whimsy

October 16, 2015 Whimsy is defined as an odd sense of humor or “playfully unusual”. I inherited a peculiar type of whimsy from my parents. Sarcasm was the norm in my house growing up. more »»

For the birds

October 13, 2015 Now that fall is in the air, many birds also will be in the air starting their winter migration flight. more »»

Ice fishing baits for open water

October 13, 2015 The cool weather we’ve been feeling in recent days reminds me that it’s time to get the ice-fishing baits ready to go. However, I won’t be using them for ice-fishing just yet. more »»

Harvest time memories abound

October 12, 2015 There’s just something special about seeing the combines moving through the fields this harvest season, chewing up the rows of grain that fill the wagons and the semi-trucks. more »»

What do you think of that?

October 12, 2015 It had been awhile since I stopped by the coffee shop and had a cup of joe with my grumpy old buddy, Eb Griper. more »»

That Chautauqua Thing was a great learning experience

October 7, 2015 We have to send a shout out to all of the folks who helped organize and carry out the enormous program of events that were part of That Chautauqua Thing. more »»

To prune or not to prune

October 6, 2015 Many folks are now thinking about pruning landscape shrubs for winter clean-up around their home. more »»

Fall for crappies

October 6, 2015 Fall has fell in the Midwest. When we left the dock at Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota last week at about 8 a.m., the air temperatures were in the high 20’s. more »»

Diversity abounds in big city market

October 5, 2015 “Hey, Omar, what’s this?” the clerk in my checkout lane at the market called through the din of the international market to the clerk manning the cash register in the next checkout lane. more »»

I hate when that happens

October 5, 2015 A couple of weeks ago I was driving into town on a two-lane highway. A car pulled up to a stop sign at a rural intersection. I was grateful when the driver appeared to be waiting for me to drive b. more »»

Laura Ingalls Wilder at the Library

October 2, 2015 I was five years old the first time I recognized myself as a character in a book. Thanks to my mom, by that age I had heard hundreds of stories read aloud, and was already learning to rea. more »»

My new found love for alpacas

October 2, 2015 My adventure this week came from a trip home to see my parents. It was my dad’s birthday, so I thought a trip home would be a good way to spend my weekend. more »»

A creative solution to a problem

September 30, 2015 You have to hand it to Jared Hanson. He’s come up with a creative and clever solution to the problem of how to fund a city project. more »»

Fall is the time to fish smarter

September 29, 2015 I went fishing last week and the action was okay. I’m going fishing again this week and I expect the action to be better. more »»

Fall garden chores

September 29, 2015 Fall has arrived and days have become noticeably shorter. Now is the time to make the most of the remaining warm weather days in your garden. more »»

Remembering school days

September 28, 2015 Recently I was visiting with a female friend about activities we were involved with during our high school years, and the topic of Future Homemakers of America came up. more »»

Shaking the nuts out of the family tree

September 28, 2015 As a child I enjoyed listening to the older folks talk about family history. We are of peasant stock so there were no tales of conquering knights or beautiful damsels. more »»

Between the pages

September 25, 2015 The other day I was browsing probably one of the most addictive sites on the Internet: Pinterest. I frequent Pinterest for recipes, humor, memes and feel-good inspirational quotes. more »»

We want to hear your views

September 23, 2015 Fall is officially here. As we morph into crisp temperatures, changing foliage colors and shorter days, another season is looming on the horizon — caucus season. more »»

Garden Invaders

September 22, 2015 Local ISU Extension Offices are often called upon to help identify plants that mysteriously show up in flower beds and gardens. more »»



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