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December was from the Roman calendar. The Roman calendar had only ten months in its year. December was the tenth month which makes sense as the meaning of December is the tenth month. When the … more
A couple of generations ago, an up-and-coming Arkansas retailer was spreading out across America, and Kenneth Stone was inundated with requests to speak around Iowa and far beyond about the … more
Winter is finally here after what I consider a very nice fall. Another four weeks of fall weather would have been a bonus, but I have to remember this is Iowa. Now that winter will be entrenched for … more
Where does the time go?  Thanksgiving has come and Christmas will  soon be here.  Do you have a large group to cook for when these holidays arrive?  Do you have old family … more
Once again it is that time of year, Thanksgiving.  I would like to thank the farmers here in Palo Alto and Emmet Counties.  Farming is hard work that may slow over the seasons but never … more
Visitors to the library this month may have noticed several changes, in addition to the community room remodel, as they browse around. Shelving was moved from the staff storage area and added to … more
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has started mailing ballots for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections to eligible farmers across the country. To be counted, ballots must … more
Mamie Till came along at the right time in American history. During the 1950s, in an era when many Americans were blind to the grotesque toll of racial hatred, this courageous Illinois mother … more
Estherville’s Fright Night Hike has been going on for a number of years, decades actually. I recall Doc Sievert stopping at the shop and telling me stories back when he was involved. One of his … more
It is safe to assume Kirk Ferentz has not enjoyed the glorious autumn in Iowa the way he would prefer. He has feverishly worked his Bubble Yum during the Hawkeyes’ games this season. He has … more
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