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RATSKIN’S RUMBINGS – Aug. 21, 2014: A slap in the face

August 19, 2014 Amana Colonies news

By BRIAN RATHJEN That thought came to mind a couple of times in the past week with a couple of events last week, when people said things that definitely felt like a slap in the face. One was back at my alma mater, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, with the ongoing debate over whether to […]

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VETERAN’S CORNER – Aug. 21, 2014: Two Eastern Iowa Honor Flights planned this fall

August 19, 2014 Amana Colonies news

By JENNIFER OLSON Here in the presence of Washington and Lincoln, one the eighteenth century father and the other the nineteenth century preserver of our nation, we honor those twentieth century Americans who took up the struggle during the second World War and made the sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: […]

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The world is less funny today!

August 19, 2014 Agriculture News

God must have needed to smile and laugh at some really good humor, because he called a genius home! Robin Williams died last week at the age of 63 and the world is a lot less funny this week. I think we’ve all read the stories and watched the news about his tragic death. The […]

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Being thankful for life and wrapping up the Iowa State Fair

August 19, 2014 On The Road Again

Our homeowners tax bill arrived in the mail the other day. Taking a look, my first reaction was, “Wow!” And to top that, the propane truck arrived last week and dropped off a few gallons along with a bill. And it was “Wow” all over again! Then I started thinking about the fact that I […]

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VETERAN’S CORNER: Aug. 14, 2014 – Camp Lejeune water contamination

August 13, 2014 Amana Colonies news

By JENNIFER OLSON Executive director, Iowa County Veterans Affairs There has been information circulating about the water contamination at Camp Lejeune as well as the possible health side-effects associated with the exposure for the past few years. Although the information has been available, I did not hear about the water contamination until just recently by […]

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Benton County Letters, Aug. 13, 2014

August 13, 2014 Benton County Letters

Alive and well Dear Editor: It was good to hear from Tony Jones after quite a long while. It seems that his blustering conservative, anti-liberal viewpoint is alive and well. In response to his (and other’s) complaints about the “scandal-ridden” Obama Administration, I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that every President […]

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Sour Grapes, Aug. 13, 2014

August 13, 2014 Sour Grapes

About one year ago I filled in and took some pictures of the Oktoberfest Parade in the Amanas. Highlights included seeing longtime friend Meg Merckens in the parade, and then longer time friend Carl Oehl riding in a golf cart which was decorated with sausages. Carl made a point to stop the cart in the […]

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Crystal Ball – Aug. 13, 2014

August 13, 2014 Crystal Ball

Making a joyful noise . . . or not I needed a vacation last week to get over my vacation from the previous week. I suspect I am not alone in this post-vacation condition. After having a week to one’s self, the abrupt return to one’s normal work schedule can feel a bit harsh. Vacations, by […]

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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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