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Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell

20 years ago - 1999 Newcombs enjoying Sweet Dreams, take over management of local bed and breakfast - As of July 1, Dr. Bell's Sweet Dreams Bed and Breakfast has a new management team. Rick and Ann...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times

20 years ago - 1999 ANNUAL SOAP SCRIMMAGE AND LABOR AUCTION - The Annual South O'Brien Football Scrimmage and Labor Auction will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 27, at the South O'Brien Football...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Sutherland Courier

20 years ago - 1999 Three slots open on City Council - The terms of three members of the Sutherland City Council will be open for election this year. The positions of Brad Thorn, Alan Mills and...

 

Saved by the Bell

I've got it: An easy way to avoid talking to people we don't want to talk to. Coincidentally, it's the same way we avoid talking to people we do want to talk to, and you know how we do that. We talk...

 

Crosswords and Sudokus

Our online Crosswords and Sudokus. Have fun!...

 

Siri, Cortana and Alexa Walk into a Bar

(Dear reader, what follows is a true story that I made up. In other words, it didn't happen, but it really could have.) Ann told a group of us having lunch that her husband is having an affair. "We...

 

Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell

1999 - 20 years ago Schueder earns Best of Show - Michelle Schueder, photographer and owner of Jons Gallery in Primghar, recently entered eight photographs in the professional competition held at the...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times

1999 - 20 years ago Zion-St. John Lutheran School Begins August 25 - Zion and St. John Lutheran Church will make a Christian Education available to their member's and members of the community who woul...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Sutherland Courier

1999 - 20 years ago Grand Marshal Nominations sought - "The 21 Club" is seeking nominations of individuals to be Grand Marshal of the Sutherland Labor Day Parade. The 21 Club replaces the now defunct...

 

American Life In Poetry

There are so many delightful poems by Faith Shearin that it can be difficult to select just one to show you. This one is from her sixth book, Darwin's Daughter, published in 2017 by Stephen F. Austin...

 

Big Foot Is A Gasbag

After a great deal of time and effort and some very careful calculations, I've managed to measure my carbon footprint. It turns out that, much like my actual footprint, it's somewhere between a large... Full story

 

American Life In Poetry

Lately I've been worried about the welfare of a young groundhog who lives under our front deck. His back legs won't support him and he drags them behind. This poem has been a good lesson for me. That...

 

One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Bubblegum

It was fifty years ago on July 20 that astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins traveled to the moon, changing America forever and inspiring one of the most famous and often-quoted...

 

May I Speak to a Real Person Please

I once ordered virus software from a particular company. Turns out, it would have been easier to have a virus. I was unable to download the software, so I emailed the support desk for help as...

 

American Life In Poetry

The following poem by James Davis May, published in 32 Poems Magazine, has a sentence I'd like to underline, because it states just what I look for in the poems I choose for this column: "We praise th...

 

American Life In Poetry

I am often asked if I know of a good poem to be read at a wedding, and here's one by James Bertolino, from his new and selected poems, Ravenous Bliss. Bertolino lives in Washington state and I have... Full story

 

Business is Picking Up

An article's headline is like a carnival barker without the midway. Metaphorically speaking, it calls out to readers as they hurry by. "Read this! You won't win a giant teddy bear, but you won't have... Full story

 

American Life In Poetry

I'm afraid that if I'd asked my grandparents what the past was like they'd say it was "hard," and that would be it. But Megan Arlett is privileged to have a grandmother who knows how to enchant us...

 

Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell

20 years ago - 1999 Fire departments respond to garage fire - The Primghar and Paullina Fire-Departments were called to a fire at 4037 Roosevelt Avenue just southwest of Primghar on Wednesday, June...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times

20 years ago - 1999 Chapman to replace retiring City Clerk/Administrator Donald Dawson - In action Monday night, the City Council voted unanimously to appoint current Superintendent of Utilities Ron C... Full story

 

Past News From The Files Of The Sutherland Courier

20 years ago - 1999 Council okays specs for Willoway Heights - At their regular City Council meeting Monday, June 7, the Sutherland council unanimously approved the specifications and set bid letting...

 

American Life In Poetry

Here's a fine poem about a loving, attentive father, by Elise Hempel, who lives in Illinois. Notice how deftly she's placed her rhymes so that we scarcely notice them as the words flow on. Ms....

 

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Past News From The Files Of The O'Brien County Bell

20 years ago - 1999 First Annual Pink Ribbon Classic at PG&C C June 9 - On Wednesday, June 9, a very special event will be held at the Primghar Golf and Country Club. The O'Brien County Chapter of...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times

20 years ago - 1999 Wolverines score 10 points in Boys Class 2A State Track Meet - South O'Brien scored 10 points in the 2 A State Meet held in Drake Stadium on Friday, May 28, and Saturday. May 29....

 

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