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Times Are Changing

December 26, 2012 As schools have re-organized and in some cases, closed their doors completely and dissolved, one casualty that is easily forgotten is the athletic conference that the school participated in. more »»

Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus

December 20, 2012 One of the most famous newspaper editorials of all time has to do with Christmas. It first appeared September 21, 1897, in the pages of a leading newspaper of the day, the New York Sun. more »»

Readin’ & Writin’ And Other Stuff

December 18, 2012 How important is penmanship? It was a huge disappointment to me when I heard that schools will not be teaching cursive writing as part of their curriculum. Don’t misunderstand, it will be taught... more »»

New To Town

December 13, 2012 “Sorry, I’m new here,” has been a common phrase for me these days. I am surrounded by new places, new faces, new events and new wor. more »»

A Day Of Infamy

December 11, 2012 As one drove around the area on Friday, you might have noticed flags flying at half-staff, and many might not have given that fact a second thought. more »»

Let’s Celebrate

December 6, 2012 The weekend was bustling with holiday events The lighted Christmas Parade was a big hit. It almost looked like St. Pat’s weekend with all the people downtown. more »»

Let’s Make A Deal

December 4, 2012 OK, I will confess. I am a vehicle junki. more »»

It’s Christmas!

November 29, 2012 It’s that wonderful time of year when Thanksgiving transitions to Christmas. It’s time for decorating and baking, in anticipation of time with family. more »»

Reality Check

November 27, 2012 Wanna hear a good one? This has to be the ultimate in whining... more »»

Let’s Go Shopping

November 23, 2012 oliday shopping. It’s the day before “Black Friday” -- followed by “Small Business Saturday” -- and wrap it all up with “Cyber Monday. more »»

Dare To Imagine

November 20, 2012 In these times of economic hardship, many entities are struggling with finances. more »»

Do People Really Read Public Notices?

November 15, 2012 We hear this question time and again and the answer is always: YES! People do really read public notices. more »»

The List Game

November 13, 2012 Even though you may not believe it, once in awhile, it gets mighty tough to come up with an idea to write a column about. more »»

The Three Rs

November 8, 2012 Some of us in the “older generation” remember the three Rs as reading, (w)riting and (a)rithmetic. Today, the three Rs have a whole new meaning:?reduce, reuse, recycle. more »»

The Final Countdown

November 6, 2012 In the world of rock music, the group “Europe” released a song a few years back titled “The Final Countdown. more »»

Sick Day Blues

November 1, 2012 Over the last week I've spent a majority of my time sleeping and watching TV. Sounds like a great vacation, right? Wron. more »»

Cast Your Ballot

October 30, 2012 We received another reminder about early voting for the General Election last week. I’ll share it with you...but first... more »»


October 25, 2012 With the political campaigns rising to new levels of disgust and contempt, I turned to the internet to try and find something lighthearted to improve my day, and wouldn’t you know it, I found... more »»

Every Day Is A Holiday

October 23, 2012 A few years ago my sister would keep a calendar of strange holidays on her dry erase board on her refrigerator. Every day had to have something on it. more »»

Sights, Sounds And Smells

October 18, 2012 Fall is a great time of year to pay attention to sights, sounds and smells. For example: The Iowa DNR brought 12,000 young walleyes to be released into Five Island Lake last month. more »»



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