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Magic Mike 6XL: For outdoor use only

Alright, let's get the compliment out of the way right now, then we can move on to the fun stuff. Ya see, the old one, my father, can fix about anything if he puts his mind to it. He's fixed furniture, cars, mowers, doors, you name it. The thing is he doesn't always fix it the way one would ...

You’ll Figure It Out!: Dear graduate

Graduation time is exciting. And often scary, going from the familiar to the unfamiliar but there is absolutely nothing to fear because this column has come to save the day for you. Being a South Tama graduate of 1969, I have learned some valuable experiences, (some positive, some negative), ...

Magic Mike 6XL: Pros, cons, and the near death bugaboo

Alright, so if you've had as many health problems as I've had in my life, there's something you have to deal with. The out of town doctor's appointment. My family has learned to make a day out of it, ya go out to lunch, Goodwill, maybe a few other shops, then back home. It's a pros and cons ...

Pastor’s Corner: The most famous mother of all!

Who is the most famous mother of all? It’s an extensive list of notable women who’ve left their footprint on humanity and qualify for such fame. Some might say that it is Mary, the mother of Jesus. Or other most famous mothers might include Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Nobel Prize winner ...

Dengler Domain: Rain

This year’s weather feels different. With farming, paying attention to the weather is key. Three tabs are open on my phone’s web browser with weather related information which does not include also checking the weather app. The previous two years were so easy. Look at the forecast, see no ...

Magic Mike 6XL: Grooving after dark

Alright, I have a confession. I am about to tell you something that no one in my life knows. I've kept it secret for years, but here it goes. I secretly dance. Yes, you heard that right. Okay, let me be clear about this, there is only one type of dancing I understand. Line dancing, tap ...

You’ll Figure It Out: My “Mom” story!

We all have those exceptional stories about our Mothers! Some funny, some sad, some heart-warming and some just dog-gone interesting. This story would be in the latter category. You see, in our Sheda Family, Mom was clearly the "brains" of the clan. She was meek, friendly and mild-mannered ...

Pastor’s Corner: EF-0 tornado versus an EF-7!

After moving to Des Moines from the farm, I won’t forget the tornado of 1964. Later, it was characterized as an EF2 tornado (with winds 113-157 mph). Playing in our yard with my brother and sisters, I looked up through the neighbors back yards at the ominous, heavy, dark clouds and a sudden ...

Magic Mike 6XL: A fever, a cough, and two tubes of Chinese toothpaste

Well, I got sick, had me some Influenza, a sprinkle of ear infection, and just a touch of pneumonia. The bad part is the rest of the house was sick too. I can't have nothin' for myself. Ya know, somethin' else? I either look like death all the time or when I'm sick I have the power to retain ...

You’ll Figure It Out: John’s annual pet peeve article!

Finally! After a long and cruel winter, I've managed to lock a lot of things inside me, things that just frustrate and annoy me. Those little things are called "pet peeves." Over the last month or so, I've asked a number of people those little annoyances that just bug the "bejeebers" out of ...