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Monday, August 25, 2014 9:35 AM

When I was a kid and growing up in a small town, hearing the fire sirens blaring was a big deal. That was before modern gadgets such as smart phones and pagers, so the siren was the only way to alert the volunteer firemen they needed to get to the fire department shed as soon as possible.

  • While in Dubuque on our family vacation, my parents really wanted to see the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium. As a matter of fact, that was one of the reasons we chose to travel to Dubuque in the first place.

     
  • Last week I wrote about getting in one last, good trip before the end of summer, and suggested visiting a National Park Service (NPS) unit. The parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites, lakeshores, recreation areas and more have much to offer.

     
  • Tom Donovan of Hartland said his father, also named Tom, was a township officer. Tom the elder once responded to complaints about thistles growing on a farmer’s land. He visited the farmer and advised the man to do something about the weeds.

     
  • Zucchini and summer squash are vegetables best harvested when they're very small. Unfortunately, the humongous versions have given these vegetables a bad rap.

     
  • Short stories give readers just  the right stuff to get them hooked

    Trapped in an elevator, office, front seat of a car, wishing you were someplace, anyplace, else. The people with you are getting on your last nerve. You’ve heard the same phrases over and over and over and you want to scream.

     
  • When I was a kid and growing up in a small town, hearing the fire sirens blaring was a big deal. That was before modern gadgets such as smart phones and pagers, so the siren was the only way to alert the volunteer firemen they needed to get to the fire department shed as soon as possible.

     
  • When we were planning our family’s long weekend in Dubuque, celebrating Mom and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary, I vowed I would try to “go with the flow.” 
  • We’ve all witnessed the devastation that toxic behaviors can cause in relationships, personal and professional growth and the general well-being of both the individual behaving negatively, and everyone in their life. Toxic behaviors push people away from each other.

     
  • As summer winds down, you still might have a chance to take a vacation somewhere. Let me throw out an idea. Pay a visit to a national park.

     
  • It was so cloudy, I couldn’t have given a bottle of suntan lotion away. I knew it was going to rain. Ants carried umbrellas. Butterflies formed rowing teams. Chipmunks wore lifejackets.

     
  • New children’s book may help  relieve first-day-of school jitters

    Yep, this year, you’re going to school. You’ll have a brand-new backpack filled with paper and crayons. You’ll have a desk where you’ll sit and raise your hand when you want to talk. You might even get to ride the bus.

     
  • The term “Minnesota Nice” has occasionally been in the news, and quite a bit in the last couple of years. It’s always a fun thing to think and talk and even argue about.

     
  • As my parents’ golden wedding anniversary approached, they decided they would prefer a long- weekend family vacation instead of a big anniversary open house. Even though their anniversary isn’t until later in September, we all agreed going away in August would be easier than finding a free weekend after the kids went back to school and got involved in fall sporting events. 
  • The Mayo Clinic is known far and wide for its excellence as a medical healthcare facility.

     
  • I live where people live in complete harmony with mosquitoes in January.

     
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