From the category archives:

Opinion

Get out of the flowers!

April 7, 2015 Brooklyn

It’s spring and little green things are coming up outdoors and suddenly it’s not okay for the dogs to go stomping around in the flowerbed by the back door like they have been allowed to do since last October. Phoenix, at age 8, is used to my annual spring freak-out, during which I yell and […]

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A memory for the ages and wrapped up in Facebook

April 7, 2015 On The Road Again

I have a picture-perfect memory. Some people could call it a steel trap memory. For some reason, I remember things from the past based on my experiences. For instance, I remember the date of an event I covered or a person I met and interviewed some years earlier. This drives my boss, Dann Hayes, nuts. […]

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Ties? Not this guy, but …

March 31, 2015 Agriculture News

I hate ties. You know, neck ties, ascot ties, bow ties, bolo ties, whatever. I can’t stand them no matter what they’re named. It makes me think of what a noose might feel like, although I don’t want to find out. Now that I’ve said that, I have to add that there have been several […]

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Friendships, postcards and a mini vacation to Missouri

March 31, 2015 On The Road Again

People come and go in our lives and some have a lasting impression and offer a friendship that lasts a lifetime. I have several friends like that and all are worthy of mentioning. But one that comes to mind is Eric Adams. Eric is a high school art, photography and photojournalism teacher at Lebanon High […]

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Don’t forget 20th Street bridge

March 31, 2015 Agriculture News

Editor, With spring finally here, it’s time to rake yards and trim shrubs and trees in anticipation of another great summer ahead. Grinnell’s brush and compost site (on 20th street) southwest of town will be opening in early April. Perhaps you’re looking forward to visiting the Krumm Preserve. Those of us that live on 20th […]

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Sometimes you need to consolidate out of financial necessity

March 31, 2015 Education

Editor, There comes a time to acknowledge when a building’s design no longer fits the current occupant’s needs. This is the case with Grinnell-Newburg’s elementary schools. Replacing HVAC and windows, adding some outlets, and freshening up the buildings certainly is possible. But all the spit and polish in the world cannot change those three smaller […]

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A note from Superintendent Todd Abrahamson

March 31, 2015 Education

Editor, Out of clutter, find simplicity; From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity. Albert Einstein In a few short months, another class will be wrapping up its time in the Grinnell-Newburg School District. Graduates will be preparing to step out into a world they have spent their whole lives preparing for. […]

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When asking us to invest in new schools, check all the facts

March 24, 2015 Opinion

When considering whether a community of taxpayers should invest in new school buildings, there are some pertinent facts that are seemingly being ignored in Grinnell from the 2010 Census that compares itself to the 2000 census: 1. The current population of Poweshiek County (to be fair, we must look at the entire county since the […]

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The odds are 9.2 quintillion to 1 for picking a perfect bracket

March 24, 2015 Agriculture News

Update! What are the odds of picking a perfect NCAA bracket right after they are announced and the games haven’t been played yet? Ready for it? 9.2 quintillion to 1. That’s the number 9 with 18 zeros after it. Nope, wrong. Another media outlet says it’s 1 in 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Huh? Wait, another says that since […]

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‘Scarves For Dummies’

March 24, 2015 Brooklyn

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that neck scarves are the “it” accessory in women’s fashion these days. I don’t mean the bulky woolen scarves we wear to keep our faces from freezing in the winter. I’m talking about fluttery, colorful prints in all kinds of fabric that are looped, wrapped […]

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