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The Journey is the Destination is New Hampton’s theme for RAGBRAI and I have to say I agree entirely.I have been a traveler for many years now — taking off to Maine for two summers to work at a camp, visiting classmates in places like California and Florida and family vacations to new, exciting...
I don’t recall the exact date that I first met Pete Willadsen but I vividly recall the conversation I had with Sports Editor Dorothy Huber later that day.Me: Hi Dorothy, I met some guy named Pete Willadsen today.Dorothy: Oh, how did that go?Me: I’m about 2 1/2 hours behind, but I don’t care. That...
The snow had just started to fall late Sunday afternoon when I opened up Facebook and saw a post from a long-lost friend.“We made it!”Now, you have to understand that years ago Jami Peterson Maifeld was one of those special people in my work life.She worked for me as a part-timer at the Mason City...
Leo Perrero had a successful IT career at The Walt Disney Company.  He worked on the team of tech specialists that kept Disney’s point of sale system up and running so families visiting Disney World could purchase souvenir Mickey Mouse ears, or the famed turkey leg from the park’s vendors. For more...
When I deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as a company commander, I had to follow orders to travel in a buddy pair which applied to all service members on our base camp.Even as a captain, I was not allowed to go anywhere without another service member by my side.This order overseas...
Around here, it isn’t just February, it’s “Frantic February” as we here at the Tribune try to keep up with our area high school athletes as they partake in the postseason.And this year was even crazier than most for two reasons: We had plenty to celebrate and “Frantic February” extended into March....
I have to be honest, I didn’t get a lot done at work between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. last Monday. Nor did I accomplish a lot here in the office between 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday.Oh sure, my eyes were glued to a computer screen but little, if any, tying was taking place; instead, I intently...
I am the Clerk of Court for Chickasaw County. I have been watching the ongoing discussions at the Statehouse with much concern. Last year, for FY2017, the Judicial Branch was given the same budget that we were given for FY2016.In order to make ends meet, our branch of government had to enact travel...
There are days I can form complete thoughts and thus, complete columns. This is not one of those days.So here’s a few random thoughts to kick off the week.•••••The grocery carts were ready and the competitive juices were certainly flowing last Wednesday as the Tribune and KCZE-FM 95.1 The Bull...
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an intellectual giant and a revered defender of the Constitution and the limited role of the judiciary in our Republic. His contributions to the court and to broader judicial philosophy will endure for years.Now, we’ll keep our word to the American...

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