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A new generation of thought

May 4, 2014 A new study came out about me, and I learned some things I never knew. Pew Research released its latest study of America’s four, “named,” generations. more »»

You can pay me now, or pay me later

May 4, 2014 Would it come as a surprise to you if I told you we as Iowans are spending more to house people in prisons than we are to educate people in our colleges and universities? Or that it costs more... more »»

Scouting is thriving in north central Iowa

April 27, 2014 There are currently 15 Cub Scout Packs and eight Boy Scout Troops in Twin Lakes District, which serves more than 500 Scouts and 200 adult volunteer leaders in Kossuth, Humboldt, Webster, Pocahontas,... more »»


April 27, 2014 About 25 years ago, I heard farmer/storyteller Mike Cotter of Austin, Minn., tell about having to put down Davy, the family dog who was in poor health due to his old age. more »»

Never seen end of ‘Sound of Music’

April 27, 2014 You read the title of this correctly. In my mind the movie stops after the Von Trapp family sings a song to a big room filled with their enemies and the family escapes. more »»

The future just might be in junk

April 20, 2014 We spend a lot of time in our area towns trying to “put on airs” as my grandmother used to term it. more »»

Getting ready for a changing world

April 13, 2014 The great power of digital media has influenced how we interact with one another, how we view the world and our peers in it, and even influenced how we get ours news and break it down into fact... more »»

Nineteenth annual Cake Auction is Saturday

April 6, 2014 So much has happened in the past 12 months both internally and externally to Victim Service delivery in Iowa. more »»

Understanding head and neck cancer

March 30, 2014 The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 118,050 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity, pharynx, throat and thyroid this year. more »»

2014 Fur Ball is Saturday

March 30, 2014 When is a Fur Ball a good thing? When it’s the sixth annual “Bets for Pets” Fur Ball to benefit Almost Home. Mark your calendars for Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m. more »»

Unnecessary hunger in the midst of plenty

March 23, 2014 There are things in life that I simply fail to comprehend. One of them is how people can be allowed to go hungry in a community where food is being thrown awa. more »»

On being properly Irish

March 16, 2014 My mother’s family is Irish. We are descended from the Shannons and the O’Flahertys; it’s hard to get more Irish. more »»

This is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 16, 2014 Colorectal cancer is the second leading killer among cancers that affect both men and women in the U.S. more »»

Regional Career Academy set to launch in fall

March 9, 2014 With increased academic demands placed on the high school curriculum as well as shrinking dollars, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for school districts to offer career-oriented programs. more »»

Are cell phones on airplanes a good idea?

March 2, 2014 Read the other day that the Federal Communications Commission is working on a plan to let people use their cell phones on passenger airline flights. more »»

The blizzard bogeyman

February 23, 2014 We were all ready for it. We battened down the hatches, raised the red flags, made emergency runs to the grocery stores and kept the young ’uns safely indoors. more »»

Hunger March is March 8

February 23, 2014 Now in existence for 40 years, the Lord’s Cupboard is Webster County’s largest source of help for the food insecure. more »»

Sweetheart Gala 2014 is Saturday in FD

February 23, 2014 March, and hopefully spring, is around the corner, which means it’s time for an annual favorite, the Webster County American Heart Association’s Sweetheart Gala. more »»

What would Martin Luther King Jr. think?

February 16, 2014 I wonder what Martin Luther King would think of what we have wrought in his name? A day off work for postal carriers and some federal employees? I doubt if he would have cared much about that. more »»

Culinary Arts program is achieving its goals

February 9, 2014 Seven years ago, in the spring of 2007, a close family friend, Don Decker, called me with an interesting proposal that, in hindsight, would prove to be a life-changing conversatio. more »»



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