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Sweet Corn Summer

September 24, 2015 Each summer I watch the weather along with the farmers. I pray for rain when crops are dry and for sunshine when they’re swimming. more »»

Building A Modern Nation

September 22, 2015 Historically speaking, earlier this month marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Sometime after September 1, 1945, soldiers began returning to lives as a civilians. more »»

A Little Bit of Paint

September 17, 2015 It’s always a quandary what to do with left over paint -- and certainly we all have at least a couple of cans stashed somewhere. Can paint cans be recycled. more »»

Fair Time Memories

September 15, 2015 While the calendar doesn’t seem to indicate anything out of the ordinary, anyone who has grown up in this area knows very well that when the Clay County Fair rolls around, lots of things begin to... more »»

On The Go -- Again

September 10, 2015 The monthly e-newsletter from the Iowa Tourism Office provides us with Iowa-related places to go and see, now and later this Fall. more »»

Cyber Security 101

September 9, 2015 As I get to deal with the Information Technology and all the electronic gizmos at the newspaper, I receive lots of articles on IT trends, and this piece was very timely with the start of school once... more »»

From One Baby Boomer To Another

September 3, 2015 Here’s the headline of an article written by Michael Bivona: Are Baby Boomers Forgetting Something Essential When Planning Retirement? Many Don't Realize It Until They Stop Working "Pre-retirees an... more »»

Leave Us Alone!

September 1, 2015 Just in case you missed it, Friday was a momentous day for farmers and rural America. more »»

Iowa Road Trip

August 27, 2015 The Iowa Tourism Office has provided information that could send us on a Road Trip across the state. Here are some highlights for September. Midwest Old Threshers Reunion, Mt. more »»

This Is Where We Live

August 25, 2015 The following was released a few weeks back and of course, my sister, who lives in Ames, spotted it first and sent it to me, wondering how I rated. more »»

Amazing Corn

August 20, 2015 How many of you readers spent time in a corn field during the summer months? Detasseling, of course! Memories of those few weeks of summer are fresh as ever. more »»

The To-Do List

August 18, 2015 People like lists. It’s a given. Just think about it - you have grocery lists, the world-famous “Honey-do” list, bucket lists and the to-do list. more »»

A Taste of the Grape

August 13, 2015 The Iowa State Fair opens today and already winners have been announced. We received a news release last week announcing the winners in the Iowa State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. more »»

Take It Outside

August 11, 2015 At some point, everyone has heard the expression, “Take it outside...” Now, depending on the situation, that simple phrase can have some interesting meaning. more »»

Kids at Camp

August 6, 2015 My grandson is at camp in Texas for two weeks. This is the third year he has gone to Camp Eagle. Last year was not the most pleasant experience, but this year is going great. more »»

Five Mysteries

August 4, 2015 Like a good mystery? Everyone does, to some degree. This selection was shared with me during the past week and I?found it quite interesting. Let’s see what it does for you folks. more »»

Fair Days Continue

July 30, 2015 The Palo Alto County Fair has come to a conclusion. The kids had a great time and earned nice honors. And the food was good, too. more »»

Farewell To The Fair

July 28, 2015 If you were one of the people who ventured out over the past week to the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds to look around at the exhibits and livestock, thank you! As a member of the County Fair Board, I... more »»

So...Here’s The Deal

July 23, 2015 So... more »»

Be Realistic, People

July 21, 2015 In the past couple of weeks our publications have received letters to the editor complaining about truck traffic through the community. more »»



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