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5 Things to Know About Veterans Day

by Katie Lange Veterans Day is a well-known American holiday, but there are also a few misconceptions about it — like how it’s spelled or whom exactly it celebrates. To clear some of that up, here are the important facts you should know. Veterans Day does NOT have an apostrophe. A lot ...

November is Here

November is underway and the thought of making it to the penultimate month of the year just eight short months ago seemed like a fantasy. With the COVID outbreak and the onslaught of terrible that came with it, it was hard to see an end to 2020. But that end is just around the corner, and the ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

It took millions of years for the forces of glaciers to form Iowa land and lakes. In the booklet, “The World Beneath Your Feet” by Mark Muller, it says that “Glacial drift is a deposit of sand, silt, clay and gravel left by glaciers or their meltaway streams many thousands of years ...

What Day Is It?

Does your life ever get so involved that you forget what day it is? At the outset of the pandemic, it was easy to lose track of the days. We couldn’t go anywhere or do anything - especially on a schedule - so one day blended with another. Life has become a little more structured, especially ...

The Missing Letters

Last week I included part one of “The Missing Letters,” a chapter from Ghosts of the Iowa Great Lakes, written by Bruce Carlson. The book contains a collection of ghost stories from around the area, with fictitious names used to protect the privacy of those still residing in the ...

UNIFUND Once-A-Year Donation

When can one donation do a lot of good for a lot of people? When you are donating to UNIFUND. UNIFUND has been around for many years. Over time, the community organizations participating in the annual fund raising effort have changed. Still, the intent of the once a year fundraiser remains ...

The Missing Letters An Excerpt from Ghosts of the Iowa Great Lakes

October is in full swing, and for many that means scary movie marathons, haunted houses, and overall frights and delights. However, COVID-19 has disrupted most plans for the coming holiday and forced us all to face REAL horror right outside our front door. With that said, it's still fun to ...

This Is Fire Prevention Week

This is Fire Safety Week and this year's theme is “Serving Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.” Cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Ask yourself this question: Have you ever left the kitchen while cooking? Well -- yes! I can relate numerous tales of “char ...

Five Island Lake Assoc.

It is easy to understand the value of good water quality in Five Island Lake. Watershed projects, like the one happening at Five Island, are started because residents see this value. What fewer people see are the parts and pieces that go into these projects and make them successful. The ...

Autumn Leaves

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sends out weekly fall color reports each week in October. Go to the Weekly Fall Colors Report on the Iowa DNR website iowadnr.gov Their first report for north central and northwest Iowa: trees are dappled with some color. Walnuts, cottonwoods, ...