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A Hidden Calling

March 17, 2016 I have a deep, dark secret - at least it might seem deep for those who don’t know me wel. more »»

Songs of Spring

March 15, 2016 Spring in the Air. It's a new season and what a delight it is to hear the songs of Spring. My favorite is the street sweeper son. more »»

Take Control of Stress At Work

March 10, 2016 Many of us spend a majority of our time and energy working - eight, ten and even twelve hour days are not uncommon. more »»


March 8, 2016 I dislike being sick. No, that’s not accurate - I really don’t like being sick. I make this statement because, despite my best efforts of washing my hands, etc, I got my Winter cold. more »»

Butterflies And Milkweeds

March 3, 2016 Monarch butterflies are receiving about as much press as some presidential candidates recently. Last week, the World Wildlife Fund announced the orange-and-black butterflies may be recovering. more »»

Spring Has Sprung

March 1, 2016 You must have noticed by now just how much more light there is. The days are getting longer and longer giving us plenty of time to come home from work or school and be outside doing whatever. more »»

Words Is Words, Right?

February 25, 2016 A compatriot at State Wrestling gave me this piece last week, saying that he knew how much I liked lists of off-the-wall topics. Reading it, he was right on the mark. more »»

Recognizing Grant Wood

February 23, 2016 It feels a lot like Spring and we’re ready to road trip. more »»

Scalia: The Man, The Justice

February 17, 2016 I am not a politician and I will never claim to be. I generally don’t discuss politics, even at home, because most of the time my viewpoint greatly differs from those around me and starts an argument. more »»

Keeping Up

February 16, 2016 There’s an old expression, “Keeping Up With The Joneses” which has been used to address that mindset that people have that goes, “if my neighbor has something, well then, I should have it, to. more »»

When Tax Time Makes You Smile

February 11, 2016 It’s time to start thinking about filing income tax returns. This is a pleasant thought for those expecting a refund; not so pleasant for those who have to pay in. more »»

As The Stomach Turns

February 9, 2016 As you read this column, the 50th Anniversary of the NFL?Championship is history. Either the Carolina Panthers or the Denver Broncos won the game on the scoreboard. more »»

Here Comes The Storm

February 5, 2016 For the past week, we have been hearing about the snow storm. Of course, we didn’t know how the storm was going to track...but...we were certain to be in the path of 8 to 12 inches of new snow. more »»

“Thank You” To The Truck Driver

February 2, 2016 Hopefully I don’t open up a can of worms with this column. I felt the need to write it only because a member of my family has been a truck driver for 25 years and it is a thankless job. more »»

The Winter Ritual

January 28, 2016 The Bi-annual rites of Winter have occurred within the past week, and actually almost went by unnoticed by a majority of folks. more »»

Biofuels in 2016

January 28, 2016 by Jeff Broin Agriculture – and the whole Iowa economy it supports – could take a significant blow in 2016 if voters don’t make Midwestern priorities their guide at the February caucuses. more »»

Iowa Caucus

January 26, 2016 The Iowa Caucuses are next week. Do you plan to participate? It occurred to me there may be some who don"t know anything about the caucuses. more »»

Predicting The Weather

January 21, 2016 Growing up on a farm in northwest Iowa, I listened to many of the superstitious predictions of my parents, aunts and uncles, and just grown ups in general. more »»

Do The Right Thing

January 19, 2016 For almost eight months now, the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors has been approached by Palo Alto County Sheriff Lynn Schultes, asking for the authority to hire an additional full-time Dispatc... more »»

What's The Buzzz?

January 14, 2016 Cold winter days allow your mind wander to warmer times. Garden catalogs come in the mail and there just isn't enough space for all the wonderful plants that would look beautiful when they bloom. more »»



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