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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, ...

Listen to Understand vs. Listen to Reply

Years ago, while completing management training within "Corporate America", I wrote a report on the most applicable and valuable lesson from The 7 habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey (Try to suppress that yawn and hear me out!). Covey notes, “Most people do not listen with ...

Farm Safety

Last week, the third week of September, is observed as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first sitting U.S. President to proclaim the annual promotion of safety on the farm. That was in 1944. This week, Palo Alto County elementary school students would have ...

Five Island Lake Association

Communities throughout Iowa develop projects to attract visitors and potential homeowners and businesses. The results include museums, historical attractions, sporting venues, an emphasis on the arts, natural sites that are made to accommodate visitors and other unique ways to boost a city or ...

Out and About

With the annual flu season coming on the heels of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are cautious about what they do and where they go. Some days there is very little traffic and very few vehicles parked downtown. School activities are keeping families involved. Football, volleyball and cross ...

Exit Summer, Welcome Fall

It happened overnight - people traded swim suits for sweatshirts. We had one last day of Summer before Fall came knocking at the door. Labor Day weekend was the turning point. This Summer we endured days on end of temperatures in the 80s and 90s and little to no rain anywhere. Here we are in ...

Using Turn Signals

The older I get the more I can appreciate living in a smaller community. Of the many benefits that residing in such a community provides, safe and relaxed driving situations has to be near the top of my personal list. When I lived in Las Vegas, I would spend my mornings at a near ...