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What Is A Blizzard?

The word “blizzard” is the creation of a newspaper editor in Estherville, O.C. Bates, who made it up to describe a late snow storm in 1871. State Representative Megan Jones included this bit of information in her newsletter last week. Out of curiosity, and in search of a definition for ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

A watershed is an area of land where all water drains into a central point like a lake, river or stream. The saying, water takes the path of least resistance, is appropriate in terms of a watershed. Every drop of rain passes over the watershed before it reaches the lake. Five Island ...

Chasing Sun Dogs

Throughout the arctic blast that sent us into sub-zero temperatures, I have been on the lookout for sun dogs. As a child, I remember my mother talking about sun dogs and pointing them out to us when they appeared in the cold winter sky. It’s a spectacular winter phenomenon. For the past ...

Home Comfort Tips During Arctic Cold

With the arctic air that has settled into the Midwest, MidAmerican Energy offers tips to help customers save money on utility bills while also remaining comfortable. During normal winter conditions, MidAmerican recommends turning down thermostats at night to save energy. But, in extreme cold, ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

In the natural course of nature will a lake eventually die? In the northern part of Iowa, three different glaciers impacted the landform and the formation of the lakes throughout the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. According to the research done by Dr. James Coffey and shared in ...

Iowa at 175

Iowa is celebrating this year. The year-long commemoration will culminate on Dec. 28, 2021. Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs offers some background: Before President James Polk went to bed on Dec. 28, 1846, he dipped his quill pen in ink and wrote in his diary: "Nothing much happened ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

As the days of winter continue, sometimes it is pleasant to think about all of the joy that spring promises – warmer temperatures, longer days, working to prepare and plant vegetable and flowers gardens and once again hearing the sounds of Five Island Lake. While still indoors there are ...

Surf Ballroom: An Historic Landmark

The U.S. Department of the Interior has designated the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, as a National Historic Landmark, recognizing its enduring role in the history of American music. The ballroom is best known for hosting the last concert of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big ...

What Makes Her Grand

There are very few people in this world I cherish as much as my grandmother, Mary Blake. Having been born the first grandchild a whole seven years before any others came along, I’ve had the privilege to spend countless, uninterrupted hours building a unique bond that continues to this very ...

Five Island Lake Assoc. Community Support

Since the glacial formation of Five Island Lake, it has been local people interested in the long-view of the lake that’s been the impetus to improve it. In Dr. James Coffey’s book, Saving the Glacier’s Creation, the author states that Five Island Lake has always benefitted from the ...