Beginning with the first day of kindergarten, school was the perfect fit for Denny Button. “I can say with honesty, from kindergarten through my senior year, I had wonderful teachers that truly meant something to me," Denny shared with a smile. "I really enjoyed my school years. In fact, so …

The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute, featuring Iowa-born Shawn Gerhard, will be presented on Saturday, August 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Williams Center for the Arts in Oelwein. This show is first of seven crowd pleasing events for the 2022-23 season. Tickets are still available, but due to the e…

The Shell Rock Historical Museum, located at 127 E. Adair St. in Shell Rock, will be open on Saturday, August 20, from noon to 3 pm. Everyone is welcome and there is no admission charge.

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In just a few weeks, students will be heading off to college – and parents will be getting out their checkbooks. Without a college-bound student in your home right now, you might not be thinking much about tuition and other higher education expenses, but if you have young children, these cos…

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On Aug. 2, I attended my 64th Altoona High School Class Reunion. The name tags included our graduation photos.

I never gave it a thought, until I slowed my truck and gave it a thought. Like I’ve done hundreds of times before, I drove past the entrance to Harlington Cemetery. On this particular afternoon, I didn’t have to find the time, check my watch, or make the time...I had the time. This was a goo…

Late on the evening of July 14, we landed in McAllen, Texas. It was well past nightfall. Soon after touching down, we climbed into a row of vehicles and headed a few miles further south to the far edge of our nation’s border with Mexico and into the heart of what’s known as the Rio Grande Va…