Category Archives: News

Searsboro, Killduff Telephone Companies celebrate 40 years with Don Long

Don Long of Knoxville is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his ownership of the Killduff and Searsboro Telephone Companies.
Photo above: Don Long  stands by the 18 by 30 inch switch now used for Killduff telephone customers. The building once housed a 12 by 20 foot switch. Equipment is much smaller than in the past.
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VanDer Pol on ‘The Price Is Right’ May 8

Wearing her old “Iowa Girl – Do I look like I know how to drive a tractor” T-shirt, Carlene VanDer Pol, who lives four miles south of Sully, was selected for “The Price Is Right.” When interviewed, she raised her hands with all the excitement she could muster and shouted, “I’m a farm girl from...
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The Wooden Spoon by Shelly Rankin – May 1

Oh, my, this week comes with thee most delicious recipe for this warm, yet a nip in the air, dreary weather we’ve had this week and thee most random thoughts. Well, more like random pictures. Most of them speak for themselves, but I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. I stumbled across...
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Bikers trekking across Iowa on gravel roads ride near Sully

Call them fearless, determined, or just plain crazy. All three adjectives describe the 104 Trans Iowa bikers who attempted to travel 336 miles on a bike, riding on gravel or dirt roads, for a maximum of 34 straight hours. Trans Iowa is considered the monster of gravel road events, attracting adventurous cyclists to travel 336 miles,...
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Fourth graders travel back in time

Rain and the annual fourth-grade Living History Farms field trip seem to go together. Wednesday, April 23, was no exception as Mrs. Brillhart’s and Mrs. Winegar’s fourth-grade classes trekked up to the historical farms in Urbandale. Drizzle and chilly temperatures aside, the classes had a full day of learning and fun at their respective farms. [caption...
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Remember When – May 1

35 years ago (1979) Valerie De Vries, age 4-1/2 and daughter of Pete and Marlys De Vries of rural Reasnor, became an American citizen during ceremonies at the Federal Courthouse in Des Moines. George’s Market’s ad featured Old Home Buttertop Bread 2/$1.09 for an 18-ounce loaf. Rhodes Frozen White Bread Dough was $1.39 for five one-pound loaves. Kruseman...
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Baseball and newspapers have things in common

The teaser for last week’s Iowa Newspaper Association bulletin got my attention: Baseball and newspapers have more in common than merely being a part of everyday American life. Included was an article by the CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, Carolyn Little. “There are few aspects of American life that are the same today as...
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