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Dollar Stretchers

Good Looking Fruit! It’s common to use lemon juice to keep fruit from discoloring. I have switched to pineapple juice. It does a great job, and it doesn’t leave a taste like lemon sometimes can. Connie Musty Luggage? Here’s a neat trick that costs nothing. When you come back from ...

Slices of Life By: Jill Pertler-The day after

It’s over. The wedding. My daughter and her new husband tied the knot last Saturday in a whirlwind weekend of near perfection. The loving couple has been preparing for this for over a year. They were kind enough to allow me to enjoy an active role in the process. I am a planner by nature; ...

Touring the Skies

Ps. 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. By Jim Bonser (jbonser@usa.net Every month in ‘Touring the Skies’ I share with you where the bright naked eye planets are in the sky. Sometimes, I’ll share about a prominent ...

Looking Back from the Front pages of the Northern-Sun Print By: Drake Terven

20 yrs. ago August 2, 1996 The 1996 Tam county Fair was held July 26-29th at the fairgrounds in Gladbrook with the theme “ Celebrating 90 years of 4-H”. Very nice temperatures prevailed making it a very enjoyable fair with good crowds at all the shows. 30 yrs. ago August 1, 1986 Nearly ...

Library News

New at the library:Nonfiction books: We Are Charleston by Herb Frazier, A Killing in Amish Country by Gregg Olsen.Fiction: Night and Day by Iris Johansen.Young Adult: Theodore Boone: The Scandal by John Grisham, Outrage by John Sandford.Children's books: Stanley the Mailman by William Bee, ...

Nature deficit disorder

I took a short vacation over the weekend. We traveled a whopping 2.5 hours from here. The trip was to the little community of New Albin, Iowa near Lansing. That is in NE Iowa. A part of Iowa that is very different from around these parts. It was skipped by the last couple of glaciers. I ...

Looking Back

10 YEARS AGOAUGUST 10, 2006Sarah Pakala of Dike was crowned 2006 Grundy County Fair Queen.2006 alumni Splash Back Team donates $5,000 to go towards purchasing geysers for the new pool.Mr. & Mrs. Terry Finzen, Dysart, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary with an open house on ...

Library News

The summer reading program for kids is over for another year. The following children read enough to earn books, coupons for free movie rentals and/or ice cream and fruit at Truncks: Lauren Allen, Xandra Anderson, Allen Baker, Olivia Baker, Dalton Boldt, Devin Boldt, Paul Brockett, Britley, ...

The great heat wave of 1936

As we began to experience and hopefully prepare for last week's blast of high temperatures, it got me thinking about my grandfather, Roy Warrick. I called him Pappy. He was probably the most resourceful man I will ever be blessed to know. I don't think that there was anything that he couldn't ...