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Interstellar is Truly Stellar

by Jay Pinder Christopher Nolan’s latest film featuring Matthew Mcconaughey is finally here, and it’s….good. Though it doesn’t quite raise the bar of thought provoking, as well as inception, it succeeds at being a great film that makes you think. This film sets itself in the no too distant future, with a barren earth only […]

Big Hero and the 6 stages of Grief

by Jay Pinder Despite the added extra stage of grief to this title, Big Hero 6 fits the formula for dealing with grief. Big Hero 6 is a colorful film created by Disney and the Studio that brought you Wreck it Ralph and Tangled. It also directly follows the explosively popular Frozen. This film centers […]

Rebecca McGraw commands the stage as Ann Landers in ‘The Lady With All The Answers’

With All The Answers

The George Daily Auditorium kicked off its 2014-15 professional season on Monday night in Oskaloosa. For those who missed the performance, or those who may one day search for information on the production to determine if they want to attend, we offer Oskaloosa News theater critic Jarrod Diehm, and his thoughts about the production. by […]

Patriot Guard Riders Line Up To Escort An Ottumwa Hero Home

Patriot Guard Riders line up and prepare to escort the body of Lance Corporal Adam Wolff, from the Cedar Rapids airport back to his hometown of Ottumwa, (photo by Shelly Spaur)

by Shelly Spaur It’s 8:30 am on a Saturday morning in June in eastern Iowa. While many families begin their weekend and children celebrate being out of school, a group of strangers gather in a parking lot. The sound of pipes rumbling fills the air as motorcycles begin to line up. These strangers from across […]


Bos Landen Golf Club (submitted image)

by Marty Racheter There were three resolutions related to the Bos Landen Golf Course acted upon at the Pella City Council meeting May 20. The City has always owned the golf course ground, and recently offered to purchase the pro shop, conference center, restaurant, and two maintenance buildings from R&R Management, the firm that closed […]

Everyone’s descended from someone; QUEEN LEAH BLANKESPOOR and HER COURT

A view of the tulips from the 2012 Pella Tulip Time. (photo by Denis Currier)

by Marty Racheter The 2014 Tulip Time Queen is Leah Blankespoor, a 17-year-old Pella Christian High School Senior, who, born during the week of Tulip Time Week, has had a life-long fondness for all things Tulip Time. She would even walk to the mailbox in her wooden shoes as a child, and indeed, wore a […]

Dutch Fun for Everyone!

A view of the tulips from the 2012 Pella Tulip Time. (photo by Denis Currier)

by Marty Racheter Everyone knows there will be three day and three night parades in Pella during Tulip Time, but there are lots of activities in addition to that which make it worth your while to come on over to Pella! Thursday evenings, “The Freddy Gazzo Band” entertains at the Pella Opera House with an […]

Closing of Veterans Memorial Building Still Draws Heated Debate

Veterans Memorial Building - Grinnell, Iowa

By Helen Hotchkin The atmosphere of the Grinnell City Council meeting was a bit on edge as a debate heated up concerning the future of the Veterans Memorial Building between Dale Lamb and another man who requested to remain anonymous. The anonymous man read a passionate article about the veteran history of his family that […]

Spring Brings Many Preparations for Street and Sewer Improvements to Grinnell

City of Grinnell

By Helen Hotchkin The Grinnell City council meeting was held on March 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm with Mayor, Gordon Canfield, Julie Hansen, Jim White, Sondra Burnell, Jo Wray, Byron Hueftle-Worley present, as well as City Manager, Russ Behrens. Greg Roth gave an in-depth talk about the Phase 4 construction 4th avenue between State and […]

Inquiry for Road Restoration Highlights Grinnell City Council This Week

Road damage at the corner of 4th and Pearl (photo by Helen Hotchkin)

By Helen Hotchkin Grinnell, Iowa – Highlights at the City Council Meeting last night were road restoration and repair projects, brought to the table by inquiries from the public. Grinnell held a regular session of the city council on Monday, March 3, 2014 with all members in attendance; Mayor, Gordon Canfield; Julie Hansen; Rachel Bly; […]

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