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Welcome Back Although Armstrong had cloud cover, didn’t most of us who had an opportunity look skyward for a view of the solar eclipse!   Once in a lifetime, 3 min. 42 sec. to witness … more
April…. time to blow out winter cobwebs. My therapist is doing just that. She’s taking a 10 day holiday so for my “session”, I’m venting in print.   Who, … more
The Future of Ethanol and SAF   Sustainable aviation fuel or SAF is quoted as potentially being a 35 billion gallon a year domestic market by 2050. This I believe is incorrect because SAF … more
It is the round ball “super bowl” event. A 3 week long sprint of full-court defense, logo 3 pointers, 30 second shot clock, nothing but net, and buzzer beating upsets. 68 teams compete to … more
What were they thinking? That is a question I ask myself a lot lately. Those were the first words out of my mouth when the Manhattan district attorney had to postpone Donald Trump’s New … more
The weather has been absolutely beautiful. For those snow birds waiting to return, we have a cold snap coming later this week into next but as I type this column we are looking at possibly breaking … more
Hope Springs Eternal March’s arrival in my childhood was observed with anticipation, whether the month would, “come in like a lion or a lamb?”   I believe the Old … more
I Cannot Tell A Lie Mrs. Carmichael taught 2nd grade and a calendar highlighted one of the bulletin boards in her classroom.   Students helped each month to fill days with our birthdays and … more
On Monday night the Armstrong Betterment Club held an open house meeting to discuss a few things and most importantly, hand out awards. These awards consisted of new business plaques which now … more
These days, with political campaigns that seem to go on forever, Iowans may not recognize the significance of what occurred at polling places across the state on November 5, 1968. Voters … more
Last weekend I tried my hand at potty training Calvin. Taylor was working overnights on Friday and Saturday nights but I felt confident that I could get Calvin potty trained by the end of the … more
We finally had RingTel hook up our fiber optic line to our house which gets me good enough internet to run the TV out in our garage. Hartley and enjoyed watching some football games and the Iowa … more
All of our yearly Christmas’ are now completed. We safely made it to Mediapolis and back from Mediapolis for our final Christmas of 2023. After I finished printing on Friday afternoon we took … more
Veterans Day is around the corner. For John and Bob, the day will be for remembering the men and women who serve in the United States military — and for two service members, in particular. … more
Campaigning for public office is no picnic. Day after day there are speeches, Q&A’s, interviews and the constant need to think before you speak. Candidates eat enough chicken to have … more
One of Hartley’s favorite things to do outside is ride his bike. Like most small town kids, he will ride it on the street in front of our house and come tearing down our driveway. He loves … more
After writing last week that people need to sign up for the Armstrong Firemen’s Golf Tournament, I found myself not attending. I was stuck at home with the stomach flu that my two loving and … more
One of the photographs of my father that I clearly remember appeared on the pages of the Bloomfield Democrat about 60 years ago. Pop was standing chest-deep in a hole that had been hastily dug … more
Pastor Jim Dewar • First Baptist Church Bancroft Trusting God   Do you have any Scripture memorized? The Bible verses in today’s article, Proverbs 3:5-6, could quite possibly be … more
This summer has been one of the busiest summers I have had in a long time. We are currently remodeling our walk in shower on the second floor of our home. Which has brought me to realize I … more
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