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Visitors to Effigy Mounds National Monument, north of Marquette, Iowa, try throwing an atlatl as American Indians might have in years past while hunting. It was offered as a park ranger program that day in 2006. Atlatl is pronounced like you're saying "cattle" twice without the "c." LISA BRAINARD/BLUFF COUNTRY READER
Visitors to Effigy Mounds National Monument, north of Marquette, Iowa, try throwing an atlatl as American Indians might have in years past while hunting. It was offered as a park ranger program that day in 2006. Atlatl is pronounced like you're saying "cattle" twice without the "c." LISA BRAINARD/BLUFF COUNTRY READER
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:25 AM

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.

  • 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.

     
  • When I was up north last time, I cooked and cooked. But we went to the original Famous Dave's, located outside of Hayward to celebrate my birthday, a few days late, on Saturday night.

     
  • Children’s book inspired by  true story of dog joining a race

    If you are like most kids, you’d do it right now if you could. You also like to run and explore which, unfortunately, can get you into trouble sometimes.

     
  • The term “down-sizing” is like many other made-up words, such as “wind down,” neither of which can really be accomplished. We don’t “down-size” when losing weight, for instance. What we do is lose a size or two. And we don’t “wind down” a skein of yarn or a ball of twine; we unwind it. But for lack of a better term, I guess we are down-sizing.

     
  • Life seemed so much easier when you were younger, right? Even though it seems that way, the truth is, life still is easy. It always will be. The only difference is the older we get, the harder we make things for ourselves. 
  • July proved to be a very busy month for the newspaper and for our staff. Every year I think our calendars will open up a bit in the summer, after the school year comes to a close and the last sports team finishes its season. However, each year I am reminded that our communities really come to life during these summer months. 
  • It’s interesting how vacations work. Most of the time, if possible, I believe we target a destination that’s a good distance away from home. 
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