Category Archives: Feature

The DeeZee Spirit by Darrell Zegers Feb. 20, 2020

I spent decades looking through a windshield and thought of myself as a pretty good driver. Maybe I wasn’t as good a driver as I thought. Now that I’m a geezer, I’m a terrible driver. I don’t hardly dare to ride with myself. Last weekend, I went to Grinnell early in the morning for breakfast with a...
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Zegers gains solid reputation, lifelong friends in the service

A few weeks ago, Bill Zegers of Newton was working on an antique John Deere tractor for a customer from Maryland, which isn’t very unusual in itself until you realize that Zegers is 93 years old. His reputation of skill and knowledge of John Deere equipment has spread far and wide, due to being a...
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Van Zee delivers cups of joy

L-S sixth-grader Evan Van Zee and his crew of helpers are making the end of the work week brighter and better for Hawk staff members through Friday morning deliveries of hot and cold beverages. Evan’s Coffee Shop started off small this school year but has quickly grown by faithful customers who look forward to Evan’s cheerful demeanor...
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Serving U.S.: Ervin Arkema, U.S. Army Cook

Serving in the military will undoubtedly change a person’s life. For many veterans, the training received and subsequent eye-opening experiences will mold each of them into a more mature version of their former selves, carrying this knowledge forward with them as they return to civilian life. However, experiences on duty in the military are not...
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812 Faith Place in Pella provides a home for four area men

812 Faith Place is located at the corner of Lincoln Street and Marion Street in Pella. Construction on the four-bedroom house began in early 2019. Dec. 4 was the official move-in date for the residents. At the home’s center is an open-concept kitchen and dining area, opening into a great room where the residents spend time...
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The DeeZee Spirit by Darrell Zegers Jan. 2, 2020 Christmas is over. The maddening herd finally left my home Sunday. I got up Monday morning and went to the kitchen. That floor was so sticky, I walked right out of my socks. The huge dog showed up again and cleared off the table with his two-foot long tail....
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The DeeZee Spirit by Darrell Zegers Dec. 26, 2019

I love a brown Christmas. I hate snow so as I write this on the Monday before, it should be a good Christmas for me. But so far it has not been great. I have an old wooden nativity set I put out every year. It was cold the night I put it out, so I...
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