Posted November 26, 2014in Bondurant, Community Featured, Email blast

Answering the calculated call

Bob Jansen walked through his first classroom door in the fall of 1962. He was a recent hire at Bondurant High School as a math teacher. “I was a bit nervous,” Jansen says, chuckling. “My first week of school a mother marched in and reamed me because her son wasn’t

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Posted November 12, 2014in Community Featured, Greene County

An asset for Scranton

Scranton residents have a new place to log onto a computer, check out the latest books and browse magazines — the brand new H.F. & Maude E. Marchant Memorial Library. The library opened with much celebration in September. It was built with the final money from a bequest from the

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Posted November 05, 2014in Community Featured, Johnston

Johnston student sings for millions

Grant Ganzer was very young when his interest in music started. He says he often sang in church and school. When he was 6, he begged his mom for guitar lessons. Soon he was singing in the Wallace Elementary talent show and participating in the Bill Riley talent search at

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Posted November 05, 2014in Community Featured, Perry

Iron women of Perry

Personal achievement, self-confidence, camaradarie and fundraising are all rolled up in the newly-published calendar titled “The Iron Women of Perry.” What may come as a surprise is that the women in the calendar — local personal trainer Marsha McCaulley, JoAnn Harmelink, Cheri Scheib, Jill Dorman, Stephanie Hansen, Cindy Sohn and

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Posted November 05, 2014in Community Featured, Perry

Pinball wizard

Three vintage pinball machines that sit in Jim Walstrom’s basement pool room are more than just a passing interest. They offer up a sense of his youth, memories of the pool hall where he used to hang out and a man who helped him along his path to adulthood. “I

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Posted November 05, 2014in Clear Lake, Community Featured

A place to run

They are our very best friends. They are happy to walk with us on the coldest of winter days. They lick our faces when we return from a long day of work. And sometimes they are so happy to see us that, try as they might, they just can’t help

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Posted October 08, 2014in Community Featured, Greene County

A trail of color

There’s a different kind of trail in Greene County that doesn’t take a bike but does take a car and a map: the Barn Quilt Trail. The trail is one for driving a little slower, stopping to enjoy the scenery and discovering the barns and the quilts along the way.

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Posted October 01, 2014in Clear Lake, Community Featured

Staying on the ball

It just might be some of the best, informal preparation they are getting for a very hectic world. After all, what parent of toddlers, or new graduate in his or her first “real” job or, for that matter, 40-year-old with a mortgage, two car payments and college looming, hasn’t felt

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Posted October 01, 2014in Community Featured, Perry

Keeping up tradition

If it’s Thursday in Perry, it’s time for popcorn by the library. Rhonda Olson has been serving folks popcorn from her stand one night a week since 1995. The sale of popcorn is much more than a money maker for Olson. After all, on special occasions like Halloween, she just

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Posted September 10, 2014in Community Featured, Greene County

Keeping it local

Farm-raised beef, more than 20 types of tomatoes, specially-baked items, fresh red and white potatoes and honey are just a few of the specialties visitors find at the Greene County Farmers Market. The market is open from 4-6:30 p.m. each Tuesday on the Greene County Courthouse lawn in Jefferson and

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