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`Twas A Grand Weekend For All

March 20, 2014 The “good byes” have been said, promises made to renew friendships in a year’s time, and the book closes on another St. Patrick’s Celebration in Iowa Irish Capitol. This past weekend’s St. more »»

Spring In The Air

March 18, 2014 Thursday is officially the first day of Spring. Now don’t get all excited about balmy breezes and blooming flowers. That just isn’t going to happen for a while. We are still in the month of March. more »»

Making Irish Soda Bread

March 13, 2014 My colleagues here at the paper tell me I am in for a treat this week in Emmetsburg. Like many, our family acknowledges St. Patrick’s Day with a number of traditions. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

March 13, 2014 The most recent issue of Health magazine arrived in my mailbox last week, with the headline: Alison Sweeney and Her Super Balanced Life! Allison Sweeny is an actress, host of The Biggest Loser and... more »»

Smorgasbord Time

March 11, 2014 Anyone who knows me well knows one thing I really can’t back away from is a good smorgasbord. To be more specific, I like my vittles.. There, I said it, and I’m proud of it. more »»

In Like A Lion

March 6, 2014 March came roaring in like a lion last Saturday - with snow, wind and sub-zero temps. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m ready for some days in the 30s and 40s - on a regular basis. more »»

Getting Stuck

March 4, 2014 In the twenty years I've lived in Iowa I have never been 'stuck' overnight because of winter weather...until this winter! I go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. more »»

A Lesson in Civics

February 27, 2014 I had a refresher lesson in civics recently when I attended Veterans Day on Capital Hill in Des Moines. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

February 25, 2014 Before we had children, my husband and I lived in downtown Minneapolis with two large dogs, Reggie and Griffey, whom we liked to refer to as our parents’ “grandchildren”. more »»

Road Trip Iowa

February 19, 2014 “Travelers in Iowa spent more money in the state in 2013 versus 2012, according to the 2013 Iowa Welcome Center Survey Report. more »»

Winter Escape

February 18, 2014 After two amazing weeks in Florida visiting family in the middle of January, Iowa welcomed me back with blizzard warnings and waking to temperatures that were below 0. Still, for me, Iowa is home. more »»

Let’s Read!

February 13, 2014 Understanding the written word is critical in this business. And it is great to know there are teachers who have devoted their careers to helping students navigate the path to literacy. more »»

On The Tip Of My Tongue...

February 11, 2014 In everyday speech, there are expressions that get tossed around and we never think of them. more »»

Let’s Talk RAGBRAI

February 6, 2014 Emmetsburg is an overnight stop for RAGBRAI?this summer. What a great opportunity for us to show off our community. We’ve been down this path before -- a couple of times -- so we know the ropes. more »»

Beer & Junk - Adventures In Parenting

February 6, 2014 Somewhere along the line, we seemed to adopt the idea that we could choose what kind of parent we would become without at all taking into consideration the kind of person we were before becoming a... more »»

The Secrets We Keep

February 4, 2014 We all have them... secrets we keep to ourselves or for others. I keep mine in a wooden box on the bottom shelf (easy-access) of my first kitchen cupboard. more »»

Old Home Habits

January 30, 2014 I have been an old house lover since I was a child. The first home I remember was an early 20th century house that my parents rented. more »»

If The Shoe Fits

January 28, 2014 The last offering I brought to this forum dealt with the general topic of sportsmanshi. more »»

Post Your Comment To The EPA

January 23, 2014 We have been providing you with information, recently, about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed change to the Renewable Fuel Standard. more »»

The Christmas Cards

January 21, 2014 The holidays are over, leaving good cheer in our hearts. The decor has been taken down, dusted and stored for future Christmases, including the few new items we seem to add each yea. more »»



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