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Brrrrr. Fall is here and winter is right around the corner. I’m going to talk about programming in the Children’s Dept. Some of it is new programming and some of it is continuing … more
As the saying goes, art imitates life. One could say Sandy Moffett’s entertaining and enlightening novel, The Ghost of Craven Snuggs, has a whole lot of life to it. Moffett, emeritus … more
Autumn is here and we feel the fresh air announces that winter is coming, while the Creator invites us to enjoy the beauty of nature, the plants and trees changing colors, the animals preparing for … more
I try to stay atop the day’s news. But I must have dozed off last week — because I missed the response from Iowa Republican leaders to the Biden administration’s announcement of … more
Well, it’s happening……fall is here! Each new day I enjoy more beautiful signs; the colorful foliage, farmers’ fields turning to amber waves of grain, bright blue skies with … more
When prioritizing expenses, a major household bill is utilities (e.g., electricity, gas, water and sewer, landline and cell phone, and internet/cable). The highest utility cost is typically heating … more
“Reasonable” is a word that is used often in Iowa’s laws. Reasonable fees. Reasonable rules. Reasonable efforts. Reasonable force. But events in recent weeks show government … more
Have you ever been asked that question in the past several years? Now much time is spent on people’s computers and/or their smart phones. People’s jobs often include hours of reading on … more
Who doesn’t like a good ghost story. Louise Erdrich takes a ghostly tale into the realm of humor with her latest enchanting novel, The Sentence, the story of a woman named Tookie who is … more
On Thursday, September 22nd at 6:00 pm the Estherville Public Library will host a program with E. Calvin Alexander Jr. covering the Estherville Mesosiderite, Meteorites, and Planetary Geology.   … more
Growing up in Bloomfield in the 1950s and 1960s, I remember seeing empty coffee cans next to the cash registers in places like Ollie O’Briant’s drug store, Bill Tews’ coffee shop … more
Televisions are getting larger, but that does not make it easier to decipher the political ads that are as common these days as gnats at a picnic. There is one thing we should understand about … more
It’s hard to believe, but summer is over. The new school year has started, Labor Day has come and gone, and the school activities have all started. Estherville Public Library is also ready for … more
Taking leave of a visitation one recent Sunday evening Rose and I picked up burgers and fries at Hardees before heading out to our favorite spot in the world, The Little Green Bridge south of Tuttle … more
Suicide deaths are tragedies yet they are also preventable. September is Suicide Awareness and Prevention Month and suicide is the 12th leading cause of death nationwide. Among kids 10-14 and adults … more
It is difficult for many of us to muster empathy for people accused of crimes who have complaints about the way police treated them. This lack of empathy probably occurs because ordinary folks do not … more
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