Posted October 30, 2013in Adel, Altoona, Ames, Ankeny, Appanoose County, Beaverdale, Boone, Clear Lake, Community Blogs, Des Moines West, Downtown, Fort Dodge, Greene County, Norwalk, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Urbandale, Waukee, Webster City, West Des Moines, Windsor Heights, Winterset

A Consumer Revolution in Wine

“This democratization of wine is great,” asserted Jancis Robinson, one of the world’s leading wine authorities, over coffee one recent morning. Robinson was in Washington, D.C., to promote the seventh edition of The World Atlas of Wine, the indispensable reference book co-authored with Hugh Johnson. Robinson has spent the last

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Posted October 29, 2013in Boone, Obituaries

Michael Walsh

December 1, 1928 – October 26, 2013 Michael “Mike” Welsh, age 84, of Boone and the Eastern Star Masonic Home, died October 26, 2013, at the Home. A Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, October 30, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Sacred Heart with Rev. Randy Schon

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Posted October 28, 2013in Boone, Grimes, Obituaries

Paul J. Somsky, M.D

March 31, 1929 – October 13, 2013 Paul J. Somsky, 84, of Des Moines, formerly of Granger, IA and Omaha, NE, passed from this life on Sunday, October 13, 2013, at Senior Suites of Urbandale. In agreement with Paul’s wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. A private family graveside service

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Posted October 28, 2013in Boone, Obituaries

Edna Wikstrom

August 14, 1924 – October 25, 2013 Edna L. Wikstrom, 89, passed peacefully to her TRUE HOME with the LORD JESUS on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa. Edna was born in Madrid, Iowa on August 14, 1924 to Mary Charlotte Walker

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Posted October 28, 2013in Boone, Obituaries, Perry

Florence Grace Bennett

September 5, 1918- October 24, 2013 Florence Grace Lockard Bennett was born September 5, 1918 at Searsboro, Iowa to Cecil E. Lockard and Flora M. Reed Francis and died October 24, 2013 at the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone at the age of 95 years. She graduated from the

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Posted October 25, 2013in Boone, Obituaries

Diana Marie Gallahan

October 12, 1942 – October 23, 2013 Diana Marie Gallahan, age 71, of Boone, passed away on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. Following cremation, a Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Walter ~ Schroeder Funeral

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Posted October 23, 2013in Boone, Obituaries

Martin W. Cernetisch, Jr.

October 3, 1924 – October 20, 2013 Martin Walter “Marty” Cernetisch Jr., 89, formerly of Des Moines, passed from this life on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at the Madrid Home, in Madrid, IA. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, at the Sanborn Memorial Chapel

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Posted October 23, 2013in Boone, Community Featured

Cole School

During Boone County’s first 100 years, most of the county’s children were educated in rural schools. Besides the Boone city schools, there were 10 rural school districts in Des Moines Township in the 1880s. Cole School was located in District 7. Constructed in 1888, Cole School was the second school

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Posted October 23, 2013in Boone

Cemetery stories

The stories are everywhere. In acres upon acres of green fields, in tiny plots by the side of the river, in overgrown cemeteries nearly forgotten at the edge of a field. Stories linger from these places of final rest. A quiet walk on a rainy day through the cemeteries of

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Posted October 23, 2013in Boone, Community Featured

1964 Malibu

Collectors — whether they collect classic cars, baseball cards, stoneware crocks or salt and pepper shakers — are always looking for the one that got away. Classic car collectors, in particular, never seem to forget that first car they took to the drive-in on hot Saturday nights so long ago

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