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September 5th

A Win is a win

Hawk Talk

I’m sure plenty of Hawkeye fans out there are somewhat disappointed with Iowa’s 31-23 victory over the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) last Saturday.
Why was it so close?
Why didn’t we blow them out?
The simple answer is the UNI Panthers are pretty good.
They beat Iowa State last year.
Two years ago, they opened with Wisconsin and lost, 26-21.
UNI returned most of its defense, including three pretty good defensive backs.

Paul Steuri

Paul G. Steuri, 84, of Earlville died Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, at his residence surrounded by his family.
Funeral Services were Aug. 26 at Peace United Church of Christ in Monticello with Mike Cleeton officiating. Burial was at Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque with military honors accorded.

Dorothy Luedtke

Dorothy Ann Luedtke, 87, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Linn Manor Center.
Service was held Sept. 12 at Cedar Memorial Chapel of Memories with Grant Hagen officiating. Burial was at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Angelina Arnold

Angeline Ann Arnold, 77, passed away Aug. 21, 2014, at her residence in Mayhill, New Mexico, surrounded by her family.
She was born Aug. 26, 1936, in Walford, to Charles and Adeline Kadera.

Water over the dam

Walkin'

Free, men’s Oskgosh overalls, size 56, never worn, call…
I read this ad in the Keota Eagle shortly before pushing off for Oskaloosa on a dreary misty morning.
I always make it a point to read the local newspapers while on the road and have found some gems over the years. My favorite was one that read, “found $300 in the bank depository without a deposit slip call to tell us who you are.”
The ads exemplify one of the things I love about our bicycling trips; the people. Not only is it interesting to talk to someone new but we’ve received so much kindness from strangers it’s amazing.

The high cost of prosperity

Every year I try to make at least one pilgrimage to my husband’s hometown in northwest Iowa. There are friends and family there, and a little brick house that has been in the family for many generations since they arrived in Graettinger from Oklahoma in the ’20s. Not far from the Minnesota border, there are several lovely glacial lakes within a few minutes’ drive from the town. The soil is black and rich– some of the best farm land in the world– fields of corn and beans stretch, lush and healthy, for miles.