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Springtime Reminders

April 18, 2017 Though the calendar says we are firmly in Spring time, the sun hasn’t apparently gotten the memo, or is still on Daylight Savings Time, whichever you choose to belive. more »»

Invasive Plant Species

April 13, 2017 With April being designated invasive species awareness month, I decided to take a look at just a few of the invasive species we have in Iow. more »»

It’s Spring

April 11, 2017 Spring has officially arrived -- the first daffodil bloom in my garden opened Monday. With a little rain and a lot of sunshine, more will open their bright faces this week before Easter. more »»

Are You Listening?

April 6, 2017 Life in Iowa has been quite interesting of late, or at least since the start of the current Legislative sessio. more »»


April 4, 2017 As I write this, there are 113 days 12 hours 34 minutes until the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa begins for 2017. more »»

Entertainment In Your Back Yard

March 30, 2017 What talent we have in our own back yard -- and I am not talking about the busy little bunnies, the squirrels and our returning winged friends who sing to us each morning. more »»

Disproven Myths

March 28, 2017 Time to turn to the Internet for some little-known trivia, in the form of myths that still exist, but have been disproven. more »»

My Unusual Hobby

March 24, 2017 Like almost everyone in the world, I have those things that I consider fun and relaxing, almost therapeutic. more »»

Where Do I Come From

March 21, 2017 With St. Pat’s Day this past weekend, I began to wonder about where my family came from. What nationalities make me who I am and how far back I could trace my genealog. more »»

Smile And The World Smiles With You

March 16, 2017 Growing up in the small community of West Bend, my father encouraged us to “smile and say hello” to people we would meet on the stree. more »»

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

March 14, 2017 Here we are, the week of St. Patrick’s Day. There is snow on the ground, that may or may not be there on Saturday when we have our grand parade. more »»

What A Weekend

March 9, 2017 The first busload of performers pulled into the parking lot at Emmetsburg High School about 3:45 last Friday afternoon. more »»

What Really Inspired The Iditarod?

March 7, 2017 The Iditarod Dog Sled Race is currently underway. It is an eight-day race that covers 970 miles and tests the stamina of man and beast. more »»

Are You Ready?

March 2, 2017 We have had a taste of Spring, a return to Winter, and now we can’t wait for the snow to melt. Wednesday it was a question of March coming in like a lion or a lamb. more »»

A Little Humble Pie

February 28, 2017 For those of you who know me well, or have known me over my 20-plus years here at The Reporter and The Democrat, you know I don’t really like being out in the spotlight. more »»

Surfing On The Internet

February 23, 2017 Before our very eyes, an amazing new world has taken shape, an alternate universe where technical communications are ranked right up there with TV sitcoms and popular music. more »»

A Taste Of Spring

February 21, 2017 Let’s keep this short today: Here we are, just midway through February, and it might as well be Spring! For several days, people have been walking around in shirtsleeves and enjoying the sunshine. more »»

Grassroots Politics

February 15, 2017 This past Saturday, the Emmetsburg Chamber of Commerce hosted the first of three Legislative Town Hall meetings at the Iowa Welcome Center. more »»

Ten Most Important Life Skills

February 14, 2017 You’ve heard the saying, “The best things in life are free,” but what it doesn’t say is that it takes time, effort, dedication and commitment to obtain the best things. more »»

Attention, Please

February 9, 2017 From our very first days of recollection, we have been told to “pay attention.” From toddler to forever, our minds wander and we have to bring things into focus and pay attention to the real world. more »»



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