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Sprucing up for butterfly season

September 18, 2016 If you love butterflies, you need asters in your autumn garden. more »»

Old Atlanta apex of racial tensions

September 18, 2016 “Darktown: A Novel” by Thomas Mullen, 2016, $26.00 / $32.99 Canada, 373 pages Someone always has to be first. That can be a good thing, or a bad one. more »»

Our readers begin a long goodbye

June 5, 2016 I have taken the liberty of borrowing the title of Sandy Mickelson’s book to anchor this column: “When We’re Not Together. more »»

Playing in rain

May 29, 2016 Playing in the rain seemed whole lot more fun as a youngster. Perhaps because “Splish, Splash” had just hit the airwaves. It was 1958, and Bobby Darin wrote the song, his first, in nine minutes fla. more »»

Reason for delay is time

May 22, 2016 There’s a reason, you know, my basement has stayed tied up in boxes and bags since we moved into Dodge those many years ago. And laziness wasn’t the greater part of such equation. more »»

Muddled mind brings up dreams

May 15, 2016 So, here I sit, much like that bird in the wilderness Dad would sing about while waiting for something to eat. more »»

Sadness comes with cruises and collecting

May 8, 2016 Sad. Two weeks. Means the same in my boo. more »»

Delivering baskets on May Day

May 1, 2016 May Day. This almost uncelebrated holiday these days held many and diverse celebrations in the past. In medieval and modern Europe, the day was celebrated for the return of sprin. more »»

Revelations come with cleaning

April 24, 2016 Oh, whoa, I’m figuring out life here. I know I’ve told you before how dirty my glasses always seem to be. Always. more »»

Too much TV, too much clutter

April 17, 2016 Recently I learned that Ancestry’s genealogy software was going down in about a year. more »»

Bradshaw visits in dreams

April 10, 2016 Nobody likes to come home in the dark to see a strange man standing at the front door. Suddenly, though, I stood beside him, surprised as heck to see Terry Bradshaw ready to step inside the house. more »»

Nighttime trials are just like fishing

April 3, 2016 Nighttimes these days is a little like learning to fish. I’m tired, I’m cranky and I’m awake when I should be sleeping. My husband, you see, was a morning man. more »»

Cold makes problems whenever it comes

March 27, 2016 When I eat, I’ve been told, the blood rushes to my stomach to digest the food, leaving my arms unattended and cold. more »»

Sleep has possibilities that aren’t good

March 20, 2016 Ah, sleep, perchance to dream. Yeah, right. No wonder Shakespeare used that theme in Hamlet, a theme about sickness and dreams and a bunch of other stuff I don’t like to think about. more »»

Clock watching brings farm memories

March 13, 2016 Just so you know, and in case you care, rock bottom tossed me away. Right now I’m feeling about 40 percent good. more »»

Memories can hurt or be happy

March 6, 2016 Rock bottom sucks. Even if there are no rocks. Last Sunday I hit rock bottom. I cried more in one day than I have in years. It started with a young girl in a television commercial dancing. more »»

Glasses, shoes and disturbed packing

February 28, 2016 Stranger things may have happened. I just don’t know where or when. My glasses were dirty. My glasses are always dirty, but I decided to clean them before a new HGTV “Fixer Upper” episode came on. more »»

Lists can help fill all needs

February 21, 2016 Strange thing. Some nights, even though I’m tired, I go to bed, sleep for an hour then open my eyes, wide awake. I’ll try to rearrange myself to keep on sleeping, but it just doesn’t work. more »»

Watching, doing are not always equal

February 14, 2016 Dad was a great carpenter, and I loved watching him work, so it only stands to reason I’d enjoy watching HGTV. My obsession for watching HGTV, however, is difficult for even me to understan. more »»

Electronic ineptitude not good

February 7, 2016 If you saw smoke over the west edge of Dodge on Monday, it was me. My sales tax form was ready to submit, after hours of problems, but when I tried to pay, all sorts of new problems came u. more »»

Loss of Internet hurts

January 31, 2016 For five days my Internet connection disappeared. Off and on, off and on. I restarted the modem so many times I’ll have a permanent imprint on my finger. And still I had nothing. more »»


35th Annual Tornado Alley 5K Run/Walk October 1, 2016

ALGONA — The Algona Recreation Department will host the 35th annual Tornado Alley 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, in conjunction with the Algona Band Day Festival. The 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. more »

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