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  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Sixty-eight years ago this summer, Glen Durst drove to the dead-end of a dirt road in the middle of nowhere, lit a Camel and set up his transit. He was about to make a decision that would draw tens of thousands of people to Montgomery County, yet today hardly anyone knows his name.

    Durst didn’t have a degree and, other than taking night classes to learn surveying, had no formal training in landscape architecture. What he had was an instinct for the form and function of parks and an absolute resolve to get them right.

  • On the Side | Brad Hicks

    Having your identity or even a credit card or debit card number stolen is unnerving. A family member who lived in Iowa had his identity stolen a few years ago and someone took out a $17,000 loan in his name and he didn’t even know about it for months. My debit card number was stolen a few years ago and someone used it to buy about $800 worth of furniture from some place in Florida while I was in Texas.

    I am sure, however, that there are other technological invasions of our lives that are more creepy.

  • Mud Fence Creations | Conni Delinger

    In the summer of 2016, I wandered by car through 24 states, mostly the Midwest to the Atlantic, just seeing America. For the most part, I was ‘off the grid,’ not paying much attention to newspapers or television. The weather was whatever I observed out my windshield, and it varied from sunny, to tornadoes, to rain of varying amounts. In Pennsylvania, I began to overhear folks speak of flooding in West Virginia, but I did not get the particulars, figuring it did not impact me – I could just drive around the storm.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    The recipe that mom’s favorite cousin, Vernon Slane, referred to as “Christmas Puddin’” wasn’t pudding at all. It was a dense, dark liqueur that called for 29 black walnuts, which were to be “picked from the tree on June 23.” Vernon, apparently a poet, lived in Missouri, and I’d guess their growing season is a week or so ahead of ours. The window of opportunity is no doubt more than just a day, so if anyone wants to try making a batch, the walnuts in this area are probably still okay.

  • On the Side | Brad Hicks

    Earlier this month, the board of directors of the Iowa Finance Authority gathered for a public board meeting.

     During this meeting, they launched investigations into how the state agency handled its funds, and the impact of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ firing of Dave Jamison, its director, for alleged sexual improprieties with staff members.

    Alarmingly, five of the six voting members of the board of directors and a non-voting member met privately for an hour prior to the start of the public meeting, according to a report in The Des Moines Register.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Our May 29 Time Capsule began with the one-square bathroom visit advocated by some of today’s environmentalists and ended in yesterday’s fragrant realm of two and three-hole outhouses.

    Einer A., an old friend who calls me on picky things, said seeing that at the top of the editorial page was like stepping into a home and finding a porcelain throne in the kitchen.

  • Montgomery County History Center | Dave McFarland

    I know this may sounds a bit strange, but in April I got to do something kind of fun. I was requested to do a cemetery walk for a group of ladies who were friends and had all been high school classmates, and they were all about to celebrate their birthdays. Being safety conscious, I am not going to say what birthday it was.

  • On the Side | Brad Hicks

    Trump and Kim are talking peace. Reynolds and Hubbell are hurling barbs. Rain keeps flooding Iowa. It’s an incredible news cycle, but let’s get to the most bressing, I mean pressing, story.

    IHOP is now IHOb.

    Yes, the International House of Pancakes is now the International House of burgers. Well, not really, it’s just IHOb, according to the company. The reason, according to the CEO, is that America loves burgers, and IHOb wants to be part of the great American burger debate.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    Kay is a working mother with two school-age children. She’s made a YouTube video showing how she raises all the greens consumed by a family of four. Her garden is in the living room and uses no soil. Because there are neither weeds nor insects, her vegetables have not been treated with chemicals. She tells us the cost is about half what she would pay at retail.

  • The Time Capsule | Roy Marshall

    On our front page in early May was an article about the release of a pair of trumpeter swans at Viking Lake. A picture, which shows swans, spectators and DNR employees, is similar to others we’ve seen since the swan repopulation project began in 1993. The article discloses that this may be the last attempt at Viking.