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December 1, 2013 10 YEARS AGO NOV. 27, 2003 Reinbeck Park Board unveils new Aquatic Center plans for the new Family Aquatic Center. Estimated cost of the new proposal is $2,115,00. more »»

Pacific Springs and the ice slough

November 25, 2013 About 2.7 miles west of South Pass in Fremont County, Wyoming, on the Oregon Trail is what is known as Pacific Spring. more »»

Library News

November 24, 2013 We have several new books which were purchased with memorial money: A Story of Christmas and All of Us by Roma Downey is in memory of Lois Stephan from Gary and Ginny Poppen. more »»


November 24, 2013 There are literally thousands of graves along the route of the Oregon Trail. Many were left unmarked, and those that were have certainly disappeared over the years. more »»

Looking Back

November 24, 2013 10 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 20, 2003 Jodi Dinsdale received the 2003 Iowa Girls Soccer Coach of the Year at a luncheon held at Stoney Creek Inn in Johnston, Iowa on Nov. 8. more »»

You are a chosen people

November 24, 2013 “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light. more »»

Library News

November 17, 2013 Mardel Brockett was here for story time on November 5. Children enjoyed listening to her stories and doing a craft. The next story time will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19. more »»

An amphibian migration

November 17, 2013 Around the first week of October for about a two week span I began to notice little black critters slowly trying to cross roads near ponds or wetlands. more »»

Life in a fort

November 17, 2013 A frontier soldier might spend up to half of any given year on campaign against the Indians, which meant he spent the rest of his time on pos. more »»

Library News

November 10, 2013 Rick Homan has sports memorabilia in the library display case during the month of November. Stop in and take a look. Different sports including football and baseball are represented. more »»

A recent trip

November 10, 2013 I have mentioned in previous news columns that I get a lot of thinking time while deer hunting in the tree stand. more »»

God Bless America

November 10, 2013 Oops – we really can’t say that anymore without being “politically incorrect” in someone’s opinion! The Grundy County Museum recently received a stack of old newspapers. more »»

Mast years

November 3, 2013 2013 was a mast year. Mast refers to the seeds that are produced by certain plants. The hard fruits of trees such as oaks, hickories, and walnuts for example are called the mast of the trees. more »»

South pass

November 3, 2013 On the Oregon Trail there was an almost imperceptible crest in the Rocky Mountain chain, yet it is the most significant site on the westward emigrant trails. more »»

Looking Back

November 3, 2013 10 YEARS AGO OCT. 30, 2003 Gladbrook-Reinbeck district earns $50,000 grant. United Methodist Church will celebrate the 125th anniversary of its official founding on Sunday, Nov. 2. Mr. & Mrs. more »»

Devils Gate

October 27, 2013 About 5.8 miles southwest of Independence Rock (Wyoming), or a day’s travel by wagon train, was yet another trail landmark for the Oregon Trail – Devil’s Gat. more »»

Looking Back

October 27, 2013 10 YEARS AGO OCTOBER 23, 2003 Heather Wagner & Brian Ehrig were married Aug. 9 at the United Presbyterian Church in Traer. Sarah Sparks and Derek Bruner will be married on Dec. more »»

Library News

October 20, 2013 Fire fighter Aric Stickfort was here for story time on October 8 in observation of fire safety week. Kids attending enjoyed seeing the fire truc. more »»

Mud daubers - they’re one in a million

October 20, 2013 In all of creation, we are told that there are over 900,000 different species of insects that have been identified. Many feel that the number is closer to a million. more »»

Chimney Rock and Independence Rock

October 20, 2013 Geographically, Chimney Rock is a 300’ high rock formation in Western Nebraska. It is known as the most famous landmark on the Oregon and Mormon trail. more »»



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