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At least 3,000 expected for fire convention

August 12, 2014 Agriculture News

I’m looking forward to the 136th Annual Iowa Firefighter’s Convention in Grinnell from Sept. 3-7. The Grinnell Fire Department has done a wonderful job putting this thing together. They’ve basically built a campground southeast of Grinnell across from the Poweshiek County Fairgrounds – installing electricity and mapping the entire area to provide almost 1,600 camp […]

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A trip to the state fair is always a fun time

August 12, 2014 On The Road Again

Debbie and I spent a few days this past week at the Iowa State Fair. While there, we ran into (not literarily) Leon and Pat Rowell of Montezuma near Pioneer Hall. “Where’s your camera?” asked Leon. “I didn’t bring it with me,” I replied. They seemed to be surprised, since I’m usually glued to my […]

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Benton County Letters, Aug. 6, 2014

August 6, 2014 Benton County Letters

Thank You Obama? To the editor, Since I live out of town, I am a little late in responding to a recent letter that concluded by thanking our “leader” for his hard work. The writer thanked Mr. Obama, for all that he’s done to keep our country safe, out of wars, using good financial sense […]

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Sour Grapes, Aug. 6, 2014

August 6, 2014 Sour Grapes

I am getting back to the normal routine. It’s an adjustment after working for three straight days on the Benton County Fairgrounds, where my office is either my car or a portion of a table in the 4-H office. Even the fair has the routine. A judge will use his usual phrases to describe what […]

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Crystal Ball, Aug. 6, 2014

August 6, 2014 Crystal Ball

Vacation I’m on vacation this week. I’m not going anywhere, so as usual, it’s more of a stay-cation. Those are the best. My vacation time tends to be sort of unconventional. It’s often more fun (and easier from a work standpoint) to just take a couple hours or a day off here and there throughout […]

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What Cheer flea market walk is an art form

August 5, 2014 Agriculture News

Throughout my life, I figured there were only three walking speeds. There’s: • Fast – also known as power walking in some circles. • Average – a nice, mellow, easy walk that gets you where you want to go • Slow – something a little less then average, but a lot more lazy. However, this […]

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Opportunities, reunion time, feeding the hungry and more

August 5, 2014 On The Road Again

Debbie and I, along with my mother-in-law, went to Des Moines on Sunday. We made several stops including Menards, Target, B-Bops (for lunch), Sam’s Club, JC Penneys (to buy some much needed new clothes) and the Iowa State Fairgrounds to set up our book display in the food building. Our book company “Our Front Porch […]

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VETERAN’S CORNER – July 31, 2014: All about Agent Orange

July 31, 2014 Amana Colonies news

By JENNIFER OLSON Executive director, Iowa County Veterans Affairs There has been an onslaught of information in the news media for the past few years pertaining to Agent Orange. I was not overly familiar with the topic of Agent Orange and asked some of the local Vietnam veterans what it was and what it was […]

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July 31, 2014 Amana Colonies news

WHS boosters explain costs of school athletics I’ve been a volunteer for the Williamsburg booster club for the last three years. During that time, I’ve learned a lot about the school’s extra-curricular programs and I’d like to make sure that all parents of athletes, POMs dancers and cheerleaders in the Williamsburg junior high and high school […]

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Benton County Letters, July 30, 2014

July 30, 2014 Benton County Letters

News flash Dear Editor: COWBOY NEWS FLASH: Even though President Obama’s approval rating isn’t real high right now (around 41 percent) our Congress has an abysmal historically low approval rating of 15 percent, thanks to the pig-headed obstructionist Republicans who won’t do a thing to address the problems this country faces because they hate Obama […]

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