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  • Duck Day Afternoon

    It is well-known and indisputable fact that ducks are the fourth most terrifying member of the fowl family, following in order, chickens, turkeys and ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:07 pm
  • ‘If it bleeds ...’

    I watch, read and listen to a lot of news. It’s what I do, so I’m inclined to see, watch and listen to what other media outlets are doing as well. I t ...
    July 22, 2016 - 3:07 pm
  • Right on the money

    Here's my two cents' worth: I couldn't be happier that dollar bills are being revamped to include more women and minorities.
    July 25, 2016 - 9:48 am
  • A pocket full of memories

    A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about hankies — an item most ladies from yesteryear used to carry with them without fail. Those hankies were a ...
    July 19, 2016 - 5:09 pm
  • I am THAT mom

    I am THAT mom.I am the one who just finished cleaning the snake cage, while he snuggled in my bosom ...
    July 18, 2016 - 12:57 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It’s a big week for many young people in Bureau County, as the 2016 Bureau County 4-H Fair rolls into town. Held at the Bureau County Fairgrounds in P ...
    July 18, 2016 - 2:21 pm
  • The Red Line

    I am currently writing this column from the air-conditioned comfort of my motel room in Silver Springs, Md. My wife and I thought we’d pack a bag or t ...
    July 15, 2016 - 3:15 pm
  • Considerations by Nedda

    A friend and I were talking about some folks holding on to anger and resentments for long periods of time. You are all familiar with this. Someone has ...
    July 18, 2016 - 11:47 am
  • What to write?

    I have been struggling to come up with a topic for a new column. I think of an idea and write a few paragraphs, but then the words don’t flow or don’t ...
    July 13, 2016 - 2:17 pm
  • Coloring outside the lines ...

    My name is Simeon Bystry, and I am planning to write columns for the BCR. I am 12 years old and going into seventh grade in the fall. I am home-school ...
    July 13, 2016 - 2:17 pm
  • Philip 48

    Whatever is true … cannot be denied. The facts have no partner, and all of time. They speak a universal language centered in the roots of the fruit, u ...
    July 13, 2016 - 2:17 pm
  • Feeling the heat ...

    If you're anywhere around my age or older, the idea of hot and humid weather no doubt takes you down those dusty roads from yesteryear, when the words ...
    July 12, 2016 - 4:00 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    Last week was a terrible week — given the tragic and senseless murders that happened in Texas, Louisiana and Minnesota. We had quite a conversation in ...
    July 11, 2016 - 2:13 pm
  • Tink

    Things change rapidly in the journalism world. I was all geared up to tell you a frightening tale about a duck roundup I was recently involved in, but ...
    July 8, 2016 - 1:47 pm
  • But it’s a dry heat

    Being in the midst of summer, heat is at the forefront of my mind. I was hesitant to write about it, mainly because I dread sounding like an old man — ...
    July 6, 2016 - 2:30 pm
  • It’s more than just a fireworks show

    For some people, the Fourth of July is just another holiday with fireworks and parties, but it’s a whole lot more than that.
    July 6, 2016 - 2:28 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    By now, “the rocket’s red glare and the bombs bursting in air” are just a memory after another fun-filled Fourth of July weekend. I hope you had a gre ...
    July 4, 2016 - 1:01 pm
  • Traditional? Old-fashioned?

    I like to think of myself as a traditionalist. Actually, most people might prefer to say I’m old-fashioned, but regardless of the description, I hold ...
    July 1, 2016 - 12:49 pm
  • No sweat ...

    This last week, I’ve been spending a considerable amount of time looking at some photographs that are hanging on the walls of my house. Every time I s ...
    July 1, 2016 - 12:50 pm
  • Heavenly hankies

    It was white, had been laundered a bazillion times, and there was usually some kind of embroidery on it — I assume to make it pretty. All women of any ...
    June 30, 2016 - 4:20 pm
  • ENOUGH!

    Note to readers: The following editorial, provided by The State Journal-Register, Springfield, has been published in more than 65 newspapers across Il ...
    June 29, 2016 - 4:49 pm
  • Workcamp was a great experience for all

    In regards to the 2016 Workcamp: I would like to thank the St. Matthews Lutheran Church and Linda B ...
    June 29, 2016 - 1:36 pm
  • My new normal

    I’m just getting back into the swing of things here in the newsroom after taking time off to welcome my first baby to the world. It’s been an adjustme ...
    June 29, 2016 - 1:35 pm
  • Climbing the Walls

    It's wonderful how people now can trace their family roots back for many generations. My family tree has a mystery, however, that I think even Ancestr ...
    June 28, 2016 - 12:59 pm
  • From the editor’s desk

    It was sure a busy weekend. Like I’ve always said, you don’t have to stray too far in our own backyard to find something to do nearly every weekend th ...
    June 27, 2016 - 3:12 pm