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-Take a Mulligan-

Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? A while back, a friend, (I think he was anyway), sent me some answers to this eternal question from some very interesting people. I’m sure their quotations are not accurate but given their personal thoughts, personalities and ideas about life and ...

Tis The Season…

So much to do during the Christmas season; baking cookies, buying presents, Christmas programs, cards & newsletters and visiting good ol’ St. Nick too. But we still have to find the time to enjoy the Christmas season, don’t we? One of the best ways is sitting down, getting the family ...

Take A Mulligan

Thanksgiving is over, (or I think it is), and we all can officially begin the Christmas season. No “bah-humbugs” please. We’ve had enough of that in the past ten months or so, haven’t we? Let’s break through all the nastiness of this past year and get into the Christmas ...

Community outlook: MA, LMHC Erin Gumm

Engaging in healthy ways with social media By Erin Gumm, MA, LMHC Licensed Mental Health Counselor How many of us have scrolled mindlessly on our phones for a few minutes, which then leads to an hour or more, in order to avoid some of the tasks that need attention at work or at home? ...

“Deja Vu All Over Again”

Everyone knows this quote from the legendary Yogi Berra. He also said when ordering a pizza, “You better cut it into four pieces. I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat six.” Here are some more quotes from famous people: “The secret to staying young is by living honestly, ...

Back to school quiz time

I know school in some shape and form has been going on for a little while now, but this has given everyone some time to prepare for the first "quiz" of the Fall Quarter. Remember those "pop-quizzes" we used to get back in the stone age? Well, we have brought them back to life again. ...

Community outlook: Shannon Zoffka

2020 has been a year like no other for all of us. Tama County has been faced with a virus that has touched the lives of many and a derecho that damaged so many of our homes and towns. With World Mental Health Day on October 10, it is only right to ask, how often do we take time to care for ...

That first presidential debate

I’m writing this column one day before the debate and you’re reading it several days after the debate. So, how did each one do? I surmise that President Trump was in “attack mode” and perhaps even some personal attacks, probably even bringing up Joe’s son, Hunter every now and then. ...

Q & A with Doug Ray

What things did you see in Tama within the last month that inspired you about how Tama citizens responded to the derecho? What I saw was people helping people. Friends and neighbors were jumping in and working on getting their yards and the city back up and going. All the city’s employees ...

Community outlook: Sup. Jared Smith

Life is full of second chances. Whether it be re-taking a driver's license test, running another 5K race, or repairing a relationship, life has a way of providing opportunities for improvement. When given extra chances, it is imperative we make adjustments. By examining our failures and ...