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One day at a time adds up to 25 years

One day at a time adds up to 25 years
I’ve got to be honest, I really don’t remember much about what was happening in the world in early 1996 in general and on March 23, 1996, in particular.

OK folks, what's up with yard signs and the need to steal them?

Somewhere in America, there is this large warehouse — I mean it’s the biggest in the world — and it’s packed to the rafters … with stolen political yard signs.

There are no ‘magic words’ to say about death of 19-year-old

The text arrived on my phone at 9:32 a.m. on Thursday.
“Hey, is the news about Jace true?”

This death penalty opponent can sleep well with this execution

It was a phone call that led to the biggest story of my journalism career.

Here's hoping it's OK to laugh at this virus

It’s Day 30 of the quarantine, but it feels like it’s Day 3,333,333.

Editor tries to make up for the lack of Christmas cards, letters

When I was a kid, one of the things I loved to read were the “Christmas letters” that were inserted into the holiday cards that we received by the dozens.

The lesson of Sam’s suicide is to be there for anyone hurting

It’s a phone call that is seared into my mind.
My wife at the time and I were on our way to Mason City, and it was a little after 10 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2014.

Lucille C. Whitney, 95

Lucille C. Whitney, age 95 of Waverly and formerly of Plainfield, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly.

Farewell Mr. O’Brien and thank you for making an impact

The text message came in on Saturday night, and for a moment my mind wandered back to my high school days.

Robert ‘Bob’ Hubert Lechtenberg, 89

Robert “Bob” Hubert Lechtenberg, age 89 of Lawler, died Monday, August 19, 2019, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City.

Ronald G. Nolte, 78

Ronald G. Nolte, age 78 of Waucoma, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at his home. 

It’s tough to say goodbye to our mischievous, but faithful, Shelby

The date was June 16, 2010, and I had already made the decision that we were not getting this dog.
But the boys – and they were really boys back then — begged me to go at least see this beagle named Shelby, and I caved.

Austin Lee Rasing, 26

Austin Lee Rasing, age 26 of Ionia, died Friday, May 24, 2019, at his home.
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church, New Hampton, with Pastor Candraeah Carey presiding. 

Mayor explains why she voted no to ambulance

Before rumors, emotions, and exaggerations take over conversations I’d like to report the facts that have been discussed in open public meetings.The ambulance council rejected a contract bid Monday from the Chickasaw Ambulance and I would like to

Race is for a great cause, but Trib’s skid must end

I knew we were in deep trouble in the annual Chickasaw County Farm Bureau Grocery Cart Race almost as soon as I turned over the clipboard.No where on the list did I see “Snickers,” “frozen pizza” or “ice cream.”Instead, our list included good food

During a blizzard, countless folks stepped up to help those in need

I don’t often get goosebumps when I’m doing interviews, but Monday morning, despite having a space heater directly in front of me, I shivered as Jeff Bernatz recounted a Sunday maybe never seen before here in Chickasaw County.Bernatz is the Chicka

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