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Local Columns

Magic Mike 6XL: A year in review

Last February, I received an email. It was from the North Tama reporter, Ruby McAllister. She told me the current editor of the News Chronicle gave her two weeks' notice, and they didn't have anyone to cover the weekly Supervisor's meetings. She asked if I could cover for a few weeks and go ...

Magic Mike 6XL: Hair today, gone tomorrow

You can call it loyalty or insanity, or a combination of the two, but I've only ever had two people cut my hair. My first barber was Pat, a tall man who was ironically bald. As far back as I can remember, the man never had a scrap of hair on top of his head, just some that clung to the sides ...

You’ll Figure it Out: Notes From The “Important Book”

Does anyone remember Dr. Max & his "Important Book" he would send to us kids way back in the late 50's & early 60s? Probably not, huh? But I needed some kind of title for today's column and that's the best this old cranium could do. So here are my "notes." Kudos to the ...

Iowa Outdoors

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting a series of town hall-style meetings where local staff provide updates on recently completed hunting seasons, discuss possible changes to hunting rules and regulations, and address other topics as requested. Locally, the Iowa DNR will ...

Magic Mike 6XL: The Dollar Store Incident

I feel like I know quite a few people. I've seen quite a few things. But the things that happen to me, I happen to feel, and I've said this before, happen to no one else. If divine destiny is a thing or everything that happens to us is just fate, then somewhere along the way, someone started to ...

You’ll Figure It Out: Snow days in Chelsea!

Back in the 50's and 60's "snow days" were not as quickly accessible as they are today. Maybe, just maybe, after an 8-12 inch snowfall with hurricane type winds, school was canceled — finally. However, you had to get up and sit through the local news as schools announced the school day off. ...

Magic Mike 6XL: Cuttin’ Nuts

A few weeks ago, after reading my column, my Dad came up to me and said, "Can ya ever write about somethin' good I did?" Joking, I said, "When ya do somethin' good, I'll write about it." And, well, if you're reading this old man, let's just say this story ain't gonna earn ya a gold star, but ...

Magic Mike 6XL: Gravity, that S.O.B.

Tiptoe is too great a phrase for it, and step is just an over exaggeration. My feet move forward, one then the other, a centimeter at a time, barely leaving the ground. My hands are out at my sides like a circus performer traveling across a wire. I think this helps, but in reality, it just ...

You’ll Figure It Out: IT’S SO COLD OUTSIDE THAT…

One of the great passages of generation to generation is the ago-old statement, "Why, boy, I remember when I was a kid, I had to walk five miles to school every day, uphill both ways." Or how about this one, "Listen boy, it was so cold when I was a kid that when I milked the cows, ice cream ...

Pastor’s Corner: “Made the grade!”

Remember getting an “F” in school? Ok, you didn’t study and deserved the failing grade. But what about when you studied and got an “F” anyway? Oddly, bad grades stick in our minds more than good grades. In high school, my physics teacher had multiple-choice questions on quizzes and ...