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When I arrived at the office on Sunday, my plans for this space were simple.I was going to try to make some sense out of the last week in national news and to plead for some sanity.I awoke on Friday morning with absolutely no hope as I watched people on social media line up on two sides of a one-...
What are the odds?Iowa's population? Three million. Florida's? Twenty million.And five years earlier I had written a book about growing up 1950s-style in the small northeast Iowa village of Lawler: short essays recalling its unique characters and its character.Five years after selling a thousand...
 Loving memories are what help families and friends deal with a death of a loved one. Nashua residents have had many chances to look back on the memories of the ones who passed in the last month. Many were gone too soon and others lived a full, rich life. Either way it is never easy when you get...
 I take a lot of grief — and justifiably so — for trying to capture “candid” photos of my friends.More than a few times in the past few years, New Hampton Parks and Recreation Director Rick Kramer has threatened to stick that camera somewhere that would be — how shall we say this? — uncomfortable....
We sat underneath the big tent at Irish Fest and I kept waiting for my old pal Bill Sheridan to bring up the Cubs.Sheridan is the Lawler native who wrote the book “Depot Street Memories: The Lawler Stories” and I never really tire of telling the story of how I met him.During my first spring here,...
Will eating bacon and other processed meats really make you sick? Recently the World Health Organization (WHO) came out with news stating that processed foods are linked to cancer.   I am a sixth-generation farmer and my husband and I have raised pork for the past 27 years. I am not an expert in...
I am sitting here on a Sunday evening wrapped up in emotions I didn’t see coming when I came to the office earlier today. For much of this weekend, I’ve been looking forward to Monday night’s Class 2A state playoff football game between New Hampton and South Tama.   I began my career in...
While many people are skeptical on this year’s time for trick-or-treating on Halloween I say embrace it! New Hampton volunteers are trying something new this year and I see a great opportunity for kids and adults alike.   I say hit up New Hampton for trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating and the...
It’s Monday morning here at the Tribune and I just took a quick glance at Brittany Bierle’s column, which is about Halloween. Dang. She stole my idea. Spoiler alert: I, too, was going to write that we need to embrace — not ridicule — this year’s Halloween celebration here in New Hampton. Instead,...

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