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Somewhere in America, there is this large warehouse — I mean it’s the biggest in the world — and it’s packed to the rafters … with stolen political yard signs. Seriously, this place has to exist, doesn’t it? I mean where else could all those signs be? The 2020 election marks the 10th presidential...
The text arrived on my phone at 9:32 a.m. on Thursday. “Hey, is the news about Jace true?” The sender was my youngest son, Noah, and he was talking about Jace Cajthaml, a classmate and teammate of Noah’s for so many years in youth baseball, youth football, middle school sports and high school...
It was a phone call that led to the biggest story of my journalism career. Bill Basler, an investigator with the Division of Criminal Investigation, was on the line that fall day in 1997 and he had a question for the new cops and courts reporter at the Mason City Globe Gazette. “You going to Sioux...
It’s Day 30 of the quarantine, but it feels like it’s Day 3,333,333. I don’t really know what number day of the quarantine it is; I picked 30 because as I write this on Tuesday for this week’s Nashua Reporter, that’s how many days our office hasn’t technically been open to the public. I say...
When I was a kid, one of the things I loved to read were the “Christmas letters” that were inserted into the holiday cards that we received by the dozens. Look, even as a youngster, I knew for the most part that the letters only touched on the best part of a family’s life during any given year. The...
Sam always liked to sneak a pickle or two or three before family dinners, and the author catches her in the act during a Super Bowl party we had at our house in 2014. (Bob Fenske/Tribune)
It’s a phone call that is seared into my mind. My wife at the time and I were on our way to Mason City, and it was a little after 10 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2014. That night, I had put my eighth-grade travel team through a pretty hard workout, and when I arrived home, Teresa was frantic. She couldn’t get...
Lucille C. Whitney, age 95 of Waverly and formerly of Plainfield, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, at Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community in Waverly. Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Life Church in Waverly with Pastor Matt Miller officiating. Burial...
The text message came in on Saturday night, and for a moment my mind wandered back to my high school days. “Dad is in a coma. Has been for a couple of days ... It shouldn’t be too much longer. Looks like a Friday funeral. Family is holding up well.” The sender was Tim O’Brien; the recipients were...
Robert “Bob” Hubert Lechtenberg, age 89 of Lawler, died Monday, August 19, 2019, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Assumption Catholic Church, Little Turkey, with the Rev. Aaron Junge celebrating the...
Ronald G. Nolte, age 78 of Waucoma, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at his home.  A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 8, 2019, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waucoma with Rev. Aaron Junge celebrating the Mass. Interment will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Waucoma...

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