Unsung heroes

During one of my story interviews a while ago, I talked with a widow of a Vietnam veteran who told me the story of her husband’s life. The story ran in our publication quite a while ago, and readers were introduced to an extraordinary tale of a man who served his country with passion. What…

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Take the time to mend bridges

There is a lot of talk throughout this county about bridges. The supervisors talk about them, city councils are planning to fix those within their city limits and in a council of government meeting last month, the councils all combined to discuss a bridge issue. Never before have I heard so much about bridge building…

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We should be vacationing in the land of the tourist

I’ve been too busy lately to stop and smell the flowers. Actually, I’ve often forgotten flowers exist. I’m constantly buzzing around, talking to people, snapping photographs, shopping and cleaning my house. I’m busy, but that makes me no different than many others in this community. Well, no different from the members of this community that…

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The fictional but real University of Okoboji

I remember the first time my parents tried to explain to me that there really was no University of Okoboji. “They make t-shirts,” I replied. “There has to be a university.” Finally, after an hour or so of seemingly illogical arguments, I gave in. “Okay,” I said. “It’s a university without classes. That makes no…

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That old hat

The Iowa Great Lakes Rotary Club has a new tradition of passing around this crazy “Old Age Combat Hat.” The original idea was to honor the “young at heart” among us.

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Celebrating the Environment

Last week, I made my third visit to the Orphaned and Injured Wildlife Refuge in Spirit Lake. Not only did I get to watch our beloved trumpeter swan Clyde healed and back on his feet, but I also encountered some of the most adorable “babies” I’ve ever seen.

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