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There are sure signs the season is changing. School is in session, farmers are busy with the harvest, and leaves are changing. I wish I could say as the season changes, fraud and scam attempts slow but that is not the case.

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Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Having just completed nine years on the board of the Hardin County Community Foundation, I got to witness this truth over and over. During those years, the foundation distributed grants of over $1 million to non…

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Pop, my grandfather on my mother’s side, was a big, dark-haired Norwegian with a large nose and a short fuse. A railway mail clerk for the Milwaukee Road, he sorted mail on the run from Minneapolis to Winnipeg for over 30 years. Gone for two or three days at a time, he’d return home only to …

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Relaxing with a cup of coffee at Madeline’s in Riverside, Iowa, you could hear Morgan Rodgers chatting with customers one recent August morning. She knew them all.

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Have you ever had a melancholy morning? You know, one where you see every need . . . even the needs of the world? You get overwhelmed with thoughts of solutions that can be used until your brain just gives up on running rampant through the thought process. You find yourself rushing forward t…

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In the animal world, three animals particularly stir my heart strings: the dog, the horse and the deer. All three make my heart swell with love whenever I am near them. But one, in particular, will bring up a strong emotion - the deer. The sight of one will bring me to tears. Whenever I see …

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My brother Mickey was a precocious little boy. By the age of two he could sing “You Are My Sunshine,” make up his own jokes (“Shut the door so Daddy can’t come in.” “What did you say?” “Shut the door so the flies can’t come in.”) and recognize street signs in South Minneapolis. In fact, he w…

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If the City persists in drilling a poorly performing water well at Weaver’s Cove, in an area designated as a flood hazard zone, the only project being discussed should be connecting the well to the city’s water system for treatment and distribution. Instead the project has expanded and now i…

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My husband and I are finally getting new carpeting. Hooray! Putting off the decision forever, we finally agreed to replace the almost 20-year-old gold wall-to-wall. “Now, we’re going to put the same carpet in the living room that’s in the master bedroom and walk in closet,” my husband told m…