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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
These days, I stand in front of audiences and engage in what is politely called “public speaking” more often than even Mr. Gentry ever imagined when I showed up at his office door 55 … more
A few years ago I made a trip to Peru with some friends and visited Machu Picchu, the famed Incan ruins near Cuzco.  Because of the high number of tourists who visit the site, tour groups are … more
President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loans for many borrowers is fair game for vigorous debate — and disagreement. Americans have been debating and … more
Not all of the best medicine comes with a prescription from a physician. Don’t read this to mean I am advocating treating coronavirus with ivermectin, a drug more often used on horses. … more
People in the health care field have worked their tails off since the Covid pandemic hit Iowa with a vengeance in 2020. Doctors, nurses and all manner of technicians and support staff have … 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 … more
Many people who either live in Swea City or drive-through Swea City have been enjoying the beautiful flowers on the corners of our streets in town. As well as those in the corner of the park. Those … more
I was cooking supper last night when I turned and saw my 5 year old pushing my 1 year old around the house in his little plastic radio flyer wagon. The smiles and giggles coming from both boys were … more
Today many people use GPS (Global Positioning System) for getting directions when traveling. Spiritually speaking, the Bible does that. We read in Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my … more
Cliff Steinberger of Armstrong passed away Tuesday morning, July 5 at the age of 97. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8 from 9:00 -10:30 a.m.  at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in … more
Here we are, well into year three of the effects and after-effects of Covid.   An oft-heard comment during this time has come from people who believe government should simply butt out. These … more
What is happening to us? What passes for public discussion these days certainly is not civil or thoughtful. Nor is it really much of a discussion.  If you read the comments from some … more
 Traveling with kids is something else. My husband’s sister (Amber) is getting married soon so I’m prepping and planning for that trip and to be honest I’m still a little … more
And that's a wrap!  The final week of session has concluded and there were a few pleasant surprises. While the second session of the 89th General Assembly was shorter than the first, we didn't … more
Officially, bishops and archbishops in the Roman Catholic Church have one boss, the pope. Of course, their ultimate authority figure is Jesus. That’s why many Catholics and non-Catholics … more
Aaron Salter Jr., 55, was on duty at the security job that supplemented his retirement income. Ruth Whitfield, 86, was buying groceries. Celestine Chaney, 65, stopped in for strawberries for the … more
I think we’ve all been enjoying the sun lately. The older kids are breaking in the bikes they got for Easter and my 1 year old who just learned to walk is adjusting to walking with shoes on and … more
The legendary U.S. Supreme Court justice Louis Brandeis once observed, “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Brandeis was not talking about everyday cleaning around the … more
Let me introduce myself, for those who don’t know me.  I am Deacon John Rudd.  I serve St. Patrick’s Estherville and St. Mary’s Armstrong as the Parish Deacon. … more
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