Posted April 02, 2014in Community Featured, Perry

Caring for others

An idea that developed through an inspirational Facebook page created by the Rev. Ken Bose, minister at Trinity Lutheran Church, has resulted in a fundraising effort to erect wheelchair-accessible swings at Pattee Park. Operation We Care had raised about $3,500 by mid-March. The initial goal is $15,000. With little fanfare,

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Posted April 02, 2014in Community Featured, Perry

Building a parish

Following the vote to build a new church, a building committee (of St Patrick’s Church) let a contract for $15,356. The stone for the new building was shipped to Perry in huge cakes via the C. M. & St. Paul Railroad.  It is said that a spur of the railroad

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Posted February 26, 2014in Community Featured, Waukee

Feels like dancing

The pungent smell of sickness hung in the thick, humid air of the small shack in El Salvador. A girl named Rosita lay in the makeshift bed. She’d been wasting away for weeks. Her lithe body consisted of little more than skin pulled tight over her tiny skeleton; she weighed

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Posted February 05, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

Chamber announces 2013 award winners

The Johnston Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual dinner on Thursday, Feb. 13 at Stoney Creek Inn. One of the highlights of the evening will be the announcement of the 2013 Ambassador of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Business People of the Year.They are: 2013 Ambassador of

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Posted December 11, 2013in Community Featured, Norwalk

In memory

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. . .” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) This past month Norwalk lost a respected educator, coach and community leader,

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Posted December 11, 2013in Community Featured, Greene County


Thomas Jefferson Gardens, now under construction, will pay tribute to the community’s namesake where it is being built, as well as the history of agriculture and the greater Greene County community. Don Orris took a break from helping lay brick and doing other work at the site on the southeast

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Posted November 06, 2013in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Cemetery stories

Riding a lawn mower gives a person time to think, especially when one is mowing acres upon acres of green grass at the Clear Lake Municipal Cemetery. Dennis Ouverson spent a good share of his 39-year career with the city of Clear Lake here, caring for the final resting place

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Posted October 23, 2013in Boone, Community Featured


Raising awareness in the community is the goal for staff members at ACCESS during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. ACCESS, or Assault Care Center Extending Shelter Services, serves a five-county area including Boone, Greene, Story, Marshall and Tama counties. From an easily accessible, yet slightly tucked-away office in Boone,

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Posted September 18, 2013in Community Featured, Windsor Heights

Oktoberfest set for Saturday, Oct. 5

The Windsor Heights family-friendly Oktoberfest is the area’s premier fall celebration with fun for children and adults. The festival begins at 2 p.m. at Colby Park, located at the end of 69th Street, south of University on Saturday, Oct. 5. In true Windsor Heights style, the Windsor Heights Oktoberfest has

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Posted July 24, 2013in Boone, Community Featured

Little Free Library

This should be every child’s dream. A library, an adorable little library, right down the block from where he or she  lives. For children in the South Main Street neighborhood of Boone, it’s already a dream come true. With a little help from his grandchildren, Bill Richter built his own

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