.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Columns

  • The Time Capsule: A toast to Effie Bean

     We’ve reached the point in our way-too-long campaign season that our choices are nearly settled -- which means the hand wringing has begun. Predictably, I am hearing declarations from both disgruntled Republicans and Democrats about sitting out the election. Poppycock!

  • Miner Queries:Think you don't have choice?

     We’ve reached the point in our way-too-long campaign season that our choices are nearly settled -- which means the hand wringing has begun. Predictably, I am hearing declarations from both disgruntled Republicans and Democrats about sitting out the election. Poppycock!

  • On the side: Signing off

     Sign. 

    Sign. 

    Everywhere a sign.

    Well, not quite.

    The Red Oak Express sign’s days are numbered.

    No, we aren’t a Taurus.

  • The Time capsule: Lake Darling, Viking Lake and the Hultman Trail

     The “Hultman Trail” sign, apparently a victim of old age and weather, has been gone for months. This hardly seems worth mentioning – not many noticed and even fewer have any idea of the sign’s significance. Bernie Wickstrom did, and if he still ran a newspaper he’d throw a shoe. 

  • On The Side: The 'Pilot Project'

     Internet access is vital for today’s economic development ventures. Most businesses need access for point-of-sale devices that take credit and debit cards or for storing data off-site.

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced funding for five small U.S. towns in a pilot project aimed at providing broadband service for downtown revitalization and economic development.

  • The time capsule: Who could forget Lynn King, season of '36?

    Not long before Jim Zabel passed away, I asked if he remembered Lynn King of Villisca. The long-time sportscaster, on the phone from his Arizona home, didn’t hesitate. “Oh, man!” he said. “Who could forget him?” Zabel knew King as a middle-aged bowler, but was well aware of what he had been.

  • On the side: What? Us? Lazy?

    Chris Kolmar,
    Marketing Director
    Zippia
    28 2nd St., #300
    San Francisco, CA 94105

    Dear Chris:
    Earlier this month, you and-or your company issued some sort of “analysis” that ranked my community, Red Oak, as the laziest in Iowa.
    I wanted to share a few things with you about your diligent “work” to inform the world, and in the process, drum up free marketing for your business. Yes, we’re smart enough out here in the sticks to know your agenda.
    First, you offended a bunch of good people.
    Second, it’s very Iowan to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before you cast aspersions.

  • The Time Capsule: Demetria Stephens, Turkey Red, and the Miller boy

    Demetria Stephens is an interesting young lady. Given a little rain, the wheat she grows is high as her chin, and we met because five or six years ago I planted too much sweet corn.  

  • Miner Queries: Did you vote for obstruction?

    Don’t you love our Iowa delegation in Congress? They get Iowa lots of press. Steve King gives us a reputation for racism. Senator Ernst promotes a caricature image of a pig castrating, bread-bag-wearing Iowan and now Senator Grassley leads the legion of obstructionists. 

  • The Time Capsule: George Hallock vs. The Crooked Creek Gang

    Although the Crooked Creek gang terrorized Southwest Iowa, they didn’t do well when it came to shootouts.      

    The story of these post-Civil War outlaws was first told to me by J. Frank Berry, a local historian who wrote extensively about them. The basic facts of his account came from newspapers and county histories and have since been more or less verified — or at least reprinted.