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Crosswords and Sudokus

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

 

Sole Mates and Surgery

I used to keep the partners of every sock my family ever lost on the off chance that someday their sole mates would return. It was wishful thinking, considering some of them probably went missing...

 

American Life In Poetry

Liz Ahl was once a very talented graduate student in our creative writing program at The University of Nebraska, but she’s long since moved on to teach at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. The following villanelle is from her handsomely... Full story

 

American Life In Poetry

Caitlin Doyle, who lives in Ohio, writes haunting, memorable poetry about the familiar and the strange. Her poetry is a fine example of what I call strategic artistry, as if her words have been carefully held back until they burst into light at just...

 

Dropping the Ball and Breaking the Plates

I'm trudging across a slushy parking lot when an acquaintance hurries by and says, "Hi! How are you?" I say, "Great! How are you," like I just won the lottery. Except I'm not fine. I had minor foot...

 

Past Files of the O'Brien County Bell

20 years ago – 1999 Primghar Community Playhouse to present Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" Apr. 9-11 - The 20th season of the Primghar Community Playhouse will kick off with the production of...

 

Past Files of The Paullina Times

20 years ago – 1999 Fund driver underway to renovate Paullina Golf Clubhouse - A drive is currently underway to raise about $25,000 to renovate the physical aspects of the Paullina Golf Clubhouse....

 

Past Files of The Sutherland Courier

20 years ago - 1990 Bertha and Chester Wittrock to celebrate 60th Anniversary - Bertha and Chester Wittrock of Sutherland will observe their 60'" wedding anniversary on February I, 1999. Their...

 

American Life In Poetry

There are so many fine poems in Richard Robbins’ new and selected poems, Body Turn to Rain, published by LynxHouse Press, that I had a difficult time choosing one to show you. This one, though, with its tablecloth trick, is one of my favorites....

 

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

30 years – 1989 Betterment Council receives $163180 for 8 ton of paper - A check for $ 163.80 has been received by the Betterment Council for the.last newspaper collection. There was eight ton, and...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times

20 years ago – 1999 Paullina City/Clerk Administrator Donald Dawson to retire - Paullina City Clerk / Administrator, Don Dawson decided to end the first City Council meeting of the new year by...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Sutherland Courier

20 years ago – 1999 Sutherland receives $200,000 grant - The exciting news from economic development at Monday's Sutherland City Council meeting was the awarding of a $200,00 Local Housing...

 

American Life In Poetry

A child at a school bus stop, on his way out into the world, a fine subject for a fine poem by Dante Di Stefano, who lives in Endwell, New York. Might we all live out our days in a place called...

 

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

40 years ago – 1978 Value of O’Brien County farmland drops 4.48 percent - AMES, IA — The average value of an acre of farmland in O’Brien County dropped to $2,409 in 1998, a decrease of $113 from the $2,522 average value per acre in 1997....

 

Past News From The Files Of The Paullina Times

40 years ago – 1978 “The Song off Christmas” to Be Presented - The Sunday School of Siloam Lutheran Church will be presenting their annual Christmas program on Thursday, Dec. 2.1 at 7.00 p.m. Pastor will conduct the invitation to worship. The...

 

Past News From The Files Of The Sutherland Courier

40 years ago – 1978 Dar Gunnerson New Ruritan President - At the regular meeting of the Ruritan Club last. Wednesday night, Dec. 13, new officers were installed. Darwin Gunnerson is the new president and other officers are Clayton Hill, vice presid...

 

O'Brien County Bell Past Files

20 years ago - 1998 Jaycees purchase fax machines for SOS sites, honor teachers - A special assembly was held at each South O'Brien school site last Tuesday, November 24, to honor teachers and their...

 

The Paullina Times Past Files

20 years ago - 1998 South O'Brien substitutes receive five-percent pay raise - Pay for substitute teachers and aides in the South O'Brien School District has been a matter of concern for some time....

 

The Sutherland Courier Past Files

20 years ago -1998 Commercial Club finalizes plans for Old-Fashioned Christmas - At their November Commercial Club meeting, the Sutherland group finalized plans for the Old-Fashioned Christmas...

 

Sutherland Past Files

30 years ago – 1988 Brandt not surprised by Sioux Valley’s vote - Sutherland superintendent Bill Brandt said last week that he was not surprised by the 3-2 Sioux Valley school board vote to begin sharing talks with Sioux Rapids-Rembrandt. Brandt...

 

Paullina Past Files

30 years ago – 1988 School to search for guidance counselor - John Galliger, the school counselor shared by Paullina and Primghar, asked that Paullina seriously consider hiring a counselor for the second semester. Galliger made his request at...

 

Primghar Past Files

30 years ago – 1988 U.C.P. to observe Congregational 100th anniversary - The United -Church of Primghar, the merged Congregational and Methodist churches, will observe the 100th anniversary of the Congregational Church on Sunday, Nov. 20. The...

 

Help a Bat: Build a Bat House!

Iowa DNR Bats are a great addition to any backyard - not only are their nightly aerial acrobatics fun to watch during the summer, they are also an excellent source of pest control and will kill loads of those pesky mosquitoes! Give bats a place to st...

 

O'Brien County Bell Past Files

80 years ago – 1938 Birthday Dinner For Mrs. Bohan - A 5:30 birthday dinner was enjoyed Sunday in the Mrs. Anna J. Bohan home in honor of her 70th birthday. Those present were Mayor and Mrs. C. H. Dougherty of Sheldon. Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Mulhern an...

 

Paullina Times Past Files

40 years ago -1978 Jaycee Ettes To Meet November 15 - The Jaycee Ettes will meet Nov 15 at 7:00 in the Zion Lunch Room, for a meeting and to make holiday balls St. Joseph’s Parish Turkey Supper Nov. 19 - St. Joseph’s Parish of Granville will...

 

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