From the category archives:


Pumpkins, emails, winter weather and reminiscing

October 15, 2014 On The Road Again

I was in Brooklyn the other day and decided to stop at Brooklyn Community Estates and guess the weight of the big pumpkin. The residential care facility has a huge pumpkin on the front porch and the person who comes closest to guessing the correct weight will win a $100 Visa gift card. I think […]

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VETERAN’S CORNER – Oct. 15, 2014: Resources available to veterans living in rural areas

October 14, 2014 Amana Colonies news

Over the course of the last six years I can’t even begin to remember how many people I have talked with in reference to the resources available in Johnson County and Linn County for a large portion of the population in need. I will be the first to admit that those two counties have an […]

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Benton County Letters, Oct. 15, 2014

October 14, 2014 Benton County Letters

Political ads So many negative political ads these days from all candidates. One has to question if any candidate is worthy of the office. However, looking at who is sponsoring these negative ads tells a lot about how the candidate will act and vote during their term of office. Most ads coming from Branstad and […]

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Sour Grapes, Oct. 15, 2014

October 14, 2014 Sour Grapes

Wrong place It was a typical League of Cities conference for Belle Plaine’s City Administrator Jeff Horne. The conference was in Council Bluffs, and had interesting sessions on development and nuisances. There was even an advanced nuisance class. Clarification – It was an advanced class on nuisances. Not a class on advanced nuisances. But there […]

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Sour Grapes, Oct. 8, 2014

October 9, 2014 Sour Grapes

Funk Working within the system, to change the system, continues. Readers, I’m working to make the big fonts smaller and the small fonts bigger. One concerned reader said there too many ads. Well, I’m not going to change that. *    *    * Speaking of fonts, when I get an email from a politician whom I […]

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Benton Letters, Oct. 1, 2014

October 1, 2014 Benton County Letters

Fred Dear Editor: Even though election season is in full swing, I’d like to stray from my usual sparring with local members of the Conservative Right and tell you a story of deep appreciation. My dad, Fred Fredericks, passed away on Sept. 12. He would have been 92 in October and he had lived in […]

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Sour grapes … 2 weeks worth

October 1, 2014 Sour Grapes

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The Brotherhood of Suspenders and a writers’ conference

September 30, 2014 Agriculture News

I’ve never thought of suspenders as being a topic worthy of discussion outside of maybe a comment between good ole boys shooting the breeze at Ron’s Barber Shop on the Montezuma Square. But that was the case on Saturday week ago. Zachary Michael Jack, a young college professor and Iowa author from Jones County, was […]

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Electronic gadgets, bats and RVTV comes to town

September 30, 2014 Brooklyn

When it comes to electronic gadgets such as a cell phone, I’m like a bull in a china shop. The other day, I called Debbie and said hello and then hung up on her. It happens quite often and not just to Debbie. I’ve hung up on other people, too. Debbie and I bought Motorola […]

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I must have had a deer in the headlight look

September 30, 2014 Agriculture News

I finally found out what a deer feels like at night when a car comes around the corner and shines it’s headlights in its face. We are talking frozen in place! Maybe even a dumb look. I have now been there — be quiet you guys (you know who you are!). Here’s what happened. If […]

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