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Book shows ways to cut grocery bill in half

May 5, 2013 Last weekend Jennifer Christenson Wicks and her daughter planned to stay overnight with m. more »»

Questions about plague can plague a person

April 28, 2013 So many questions plague me, but right at the top of that list sits the question of why someone decided the word plague should mean mass destruction AND mere annoyance. more »»

Half a century makes antiques out of anything

April 21, 2013 Remember Perry Como singing “Letters, we get letters, we get stacks and stacks of letters.” It might have been “I get letters,” but that’s beside the point. more »»

Annual auction major fundraiser for D/SAOC

April 14, 2013 Time flies, and you don’t even have to be having fu. more »»

Is this heaven? Baseball coming with a price tag

April 7, 2013 Because newspapers don’t come with sound effects, unless you get a paper cut, let me just tell you I’m gasping for air. It started a few days back when I picked up the sports section of The Messenger. more »»

Hindsight can help with telephone mumblers

March 31, 2013 Somebody dragged my soapbox out of hiding. Not using it would just be rude. People, people, people. Don’t mumble. Especially on the phone, don’t mumble. more »»

Churches are offering more ways to have fun

March 24, 2013 The cowboy way. That’s how Dee Coleman describes the coming church service at Faith United Methodist Church in Humboldt. more »»

Remembering past makes death easier to take

March 17, 2013 Clouds are far behind her now, troubles melted like lemon drops. Skies will be blue again. Some day. more »»

Lack of words really can bring on writer’s block

March 10, 2013 For almost a half century, I’ve been writing. Not always for newspapers, but writing, and in all that time I’ve secretly ridiculed people who say they have writer’s block. more »»

Quilt retreat is really a women’s slumber party

March 3, 2013 Two things happened last weekend I never thought to hear. Fellow quilters applauded — not a lot, but enough — my finished quilt and I was told I had very tight abs. Only that wasn’t a good thing. more »»

If only falling apart meant missing pieces

February 24, 2013 If falling apart meant pieces of flesh would inexplicably fall off my body, I’d be skinny. With a capital S. more »»

Hand quilting is a craft that requires real skill

February 17, 2013 Sometimes special jumps on your head and beats you until you can’t take any more of it. That happened to me last week when I joined my friend Sandi Butt at her new home near Ackley. more »»

Valentine’s Day romance shouldn’t be overlooked

February 10, 2013 Interrogation — to interrogate, to scrutinize, to question. Interrogation. Such a harsh word, but the word my family used whenever I talked to my daughter’s friends. more »»

Waiting for something can cause some anxiety

February 3, 2013 I’m just sitting here waiting for a huge snowstorm. Not that I want a huge snowstorm, but doggone it, this waiting is giving me the creeps. more »»

Found paper proves collection mess is getting better

January 27, 2013 OK, put your thumbs together so the knuckle lines match up. Now look at your thumbnails, which should be side by side. One’s bigger than the other, right? Please say it is. If not, I’m weird. more »»

No matter when the mind stops, help is a good thing

January 20, 2013 He was born on my birthday, so I call him Sandy. This perfect little bull calf, a purebred polled Hereford, is part of Leland Dencklau’s newest venture of raising beef near Vincent. more »»

Oh, for the love of memories and baseball

January 13, 2013 A person just can’t know when she’s in sixth grade what some kid in fourth grade will do when he grows up. Heck, he probably doesn’t even know. more »»

If wishes were fishes, we’d all have a fry

January 6, 2013 Holidays on a Tuesday will wreck a mind. Well, my mind. It doesn’t seem like Monday until Wednesday and if it’s Wednesday I’m way late with things. more »»

Beauty of Christmas gives way to fight for plans

December 30, 2012 Few things could be as beautiful as the darkened sanctuary at Grace Lutheran Church on Christmas Eve when candles are lit and held by every member of the congregation and “Silent Night” is sung. more »»

Christmas magic brings happiness and hugs

December 23, 2012 Christmas magic fills my home today. I continue to bask in the happiness of having our daughter home for several days last week. more »»



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