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Pastor’s Corner: Catch It!

Local Columns

Here’s fun, catchy phrases, like “The Quick Picker Upper” (by Bounty), “Finger-Lickin’ Good” (by KFC), and “Where’s the Beef!” (by Wendy’s). Some phrases we know well, like…“Have it Your Way!”, “Like a Good Neighbor…”, “Snap, Crackle, Pop!” and “You ...

Forgetting What I was Taught

Local Columns

I've been learning some things about my adoptive hometown and the people that populate it. First of all, Gladbrook is not afraid of cold weather. The good souls of my hometown go out in subzero weather to deliver goodie bags. I sit shivering in my home because I am freezing all the time. To ...

THE RURAL RENAISSANCE of the IOWA DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Editorials

(January 27th, 2023) It’s good to talk to people. As I make the telephone rounds, the topic that comes up most – along with the Steering/Executive Committee discussion the woeful state of our rural Democratic party in this state. IT’s down so far (you could see it coming), that some ...

Slices of Life: Strong like…

Local Columns

A friend recently encouraged me to be “strong like bull.” I was a bit confused (not uncommon.) Somehow, I thought the phrase was “strong like a bear.” Which, of course, lead me to Google. Turns out the phrase “strong like bull” is a pop culture reference from a handful of movies, ...

A Glance at the Past: February 1948

Local Columns

Jim Sorensen, a local high school athlete, has advanced to the Golden Gloves tournament to be held at Cedar Rapids. Appearing in the ring for the first time and fighting in the 160-pound class, Sorensen, a southpaw who starred in football for Toledo high school, won the right to enter the Cedar ...

You’ll Figure It Out!: Snow Day Fun

Local Columns

Well, in case you haven't figured it out yet, we are in the throes of "old-man winter." The snow, the cold, the wind, and we're in the middle of winter. February is just starting, and not sure at this writing if the groundhog saw his shadow or not, but to be fairly honest with you, I really ...

Slices of Life: Lessons from the past two years

Local Columns

The last couple of years have been doozies - for just about all of us. The world has changed before our eyes in ways we never would have or could have imagined. I’ve found - often the hard way - that difficult times are opportunities for growth, new perspectives, and outlooks. Two years ...

Pastor’s Corner: Haystack Sweating?

Local Columns

I read a story about an uncharacteristic young farm boy who was known to be somewhat lazy. But one warm summer day, that all changed as a salesman passed by. The farmer boy was working feverishly on a hay mound, tossing pitchforks of hay over his shoulder…hay flying all over. His shirt was ...

Pastor’s Corner: Catch it!

Local Columns

Here are fun, catchy phrases, like “The Quick Picker Upper” (by Bounty), “Finger-Lickin’ Good” (by KFC), and “Where’s the Beef!” (by Wendy’s). Some phrases we know well, like…“Have it Your Way!”, “Like a Good Neighbor…”, “Snap, Crackle, Pop!” and “You ...