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Ours Only For A Little While...

December 23, 2015 There it was, sitting in a display case on my daughters night stand… a baseball bearing the name and emblem of Major League Baseball. more »»

Underrated? No, We’re Iowa

December 17, 2015 The topic of this column is not about the lack of respect shown to the Iowa Hawkeyes through the football season, even though I?could write volumes about it. more »»

Christmas is Coming

December 15, 2015 Ready or not - here it comes! Christmas is only ten days away. The anxious faces of young ones as they see Santa Claus is always priceles. more »»

Winter ABC’s

December 10, 2015 Like many, I receive emails from friends and family who live in the southern states where it seldom gets below 40 degrees. more »»

And So It Begins

December 8, 2015 As I?sat at my computer thinking about the topic for this visit, a phrase I’d heard in a TV show the other night sort of elbowed its way into the forefront. “And so it begins. more »»

Home For The Holidays

December 3, 2015 “Home for the Holidays” – Beginning with Thanksgiving, families gather together through Christmas. What a warm feeling. Our extended family enjoyed Thanksgiving together. more »»

Childhood Memories

December 1, 2015 I sit here on the farm listening to the wind blow and watching the snowfall during the first snowstorm of the year, and I remember snowstorms of my childhood. more »»

No Double Standards

November 27, 2015 Some interesting questions need to be answered about a lawsuit that could have very far-reaching effects on agriculture in Iowa and across the United States. more »»

Giving Thanks

November 24, 2015 This time of year there are numerous articles and columns written about Thanksgiving and giving thanks. We have so much for which we are thankful, and we should express those thoughts every day. more »»

10 Spots To Visit

November 19, 2015 Since I’ve become fond of lists of things you didn’t know (or worry about), I’ve found lots of off-the-wall things and place. more »»

A Look At Freedom

November 17, 2015 Freedom – We all enjoy the comforts of what that word represents, usually without giving it a second thought. more »»

Rules Of Iowa

November 12, 2015 A friend living in Omaha sent me the following set of rules for living in Iowa, after watching and hearing lots of “Urban”?ideas and comments about us folks out here “in the sticks,” as it were. more »»

We’re Still There

November 10, 2015 The years have gone by, and we remember those who have died; But what about the many who came back and are trying to survive. more »»

Greenlight A Vet

November 10, 2015 Remember the green lights Emmetsburg residents used when hosting RAGBRAI last year? Put those green lights to use again to "Greenlight A Vet. more »»

On The Road Again

November 5, 2015 It’s good to be back in the news room and it’s time to be on the go again. So let’s take a look at where we could travel during November. more »»

Local Elections and Newspapers

November 3, 2015 by David Chavern, President & CEO, National Newspaper Association November is election time in America. Voters in many local municipalities will go to the polls soon to choose local public officials. more »»

The Blame Game

October 29, 2015 One of the things I?learned many years ago as I started my career in community journalism was the fact that in a community setting, people will be reluctant to blame an individual if something goes... more »»

Down To The Wire

October 27, 2015 Here at the offices of The Reporter and The Democrat, we’ve benn running a little race. more »»

A Social Phenomenon

October 22, 2015 It was about this time in 1979 I attended my first showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I went with a friend on a Saturday night following the Davenport West High School homecoming dance. more »»

Fears And Phobias

October 20, 2015 Everybody has some kind of fear - be it imagined or real. For some folks, the fears are minor and for some, they are phobia. more »»



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