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Frost — affects and effects

October 20, 2015 Now that we here in central Iowa have received several evening frosts, our annual plants are weeping. more »»

Short Takes

October 20, 2015 Speaker to give talk on PEO convention The Hamilton County Reciprocity P.E.O. Committee invites all chapter members to a meeting Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1229 Kathy Lane, Webster Cit. more »»

Fall river walleyes

October 20, 2015 Across the Midwest many anglers are putting their open water fishing gear away. Some are going hunting, others are getting ready to go ice-fishin. more »»

The lost art of cursive writing

October 19, 2015 One of the current issues in the news, I see, is the flap over teaching cursive writing in the schools. more »»

An interview with Pastor Herman

October 19, 2015 (Author’s note: The following is written with a smile and with deepest appreciation to the men and women who serve God and humankind as pastors. more »»

October fun for everyone

October 16, 2015 One of the more amusing conversations I’ve had recently was with a teen during the library’s regular after-school progra. more »»

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 »»



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