The Decorah Nespapers
June 28, 2016
  • So explain it: What exactly is ‘the Decorah way?’

        It’s a subject that’s been bouncing around in my head for quite a while, and I can’t keep my thoughts bottled up anymore. I know my cynicism might offend some ultra-loyalists, but that’s OK. It won’t be the first time.

    Could someone please explain to me what “the Decorah way” actually means? A rather ambiguous expression to say the least, and one that’s been -- and remains -- a puzzlement to me.

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  • Another day, another massacre; firefighters hot
    I awoke Tuesday morning in a bit of a funk – make that stressed out – because Tuesdays are when I write this column and when I don’t have a solid “idea,” it can make me a tad anxious. I don’t get catatonic – or at least I haven’t yet – but there are times when it takes awhile to suck it up, put one foot in front of the other, quit whining and get on with it.
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  • He was easily The Greatest ... and pretty too

        It’s at times like these I wish I could write at a level the subject matter deserves. However, in all honesty, I’m not sure there’s any columnist alive who could really do justice to the man … but I owe it to him to try. So I must.

    If I fall short in my effort, I apologize in advance. One thing I do know that gives me great comfort is that he wouldn’t have judged my words harshly. Instead, he would have truly appreciated my sincere attempt to do him justice. That was his nature, his true self, and I loved him for it – we all loved him for it.

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  • Time for Dr. Kildare to turn in thermometer -- stat
        As a youth – not far removed from the days when people communicated by drums and smoke signals – I can distinctly remember the advent of color television. We were in awe -- our mouths agape in unbridled wonder when we first witnessed the NCB peacock standing proudly in living color. It was a wonder to behold.
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  • 50th Fest needs support
        It would be difficult, if not impossible, to accurately describe what Nordic Fest has meant to Decorah. To say that it has had a huge, positive impact on the community’s reputation as one of the best “small” towns in the Midwest is a colossal understatement.
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  • Geez, couldn’t you have taken Kanye?

        Dear God: What the heck is going on? I know it’s all part of your heavenly plan and my strong faith tells me to trust in your divine wisdom, but some moves on your part of late have me confused, sad and, at times, downright angry.

    I mean you took comedic genius Robin Williams home to be with you just a short time ago, and recently you decided to have David Bowie and Merle Haggard join your heavenly host … and now Prince? What gives?

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  • Screw ups and bad luck ... that’s turkey hunting
        I sure can’t call it my happy place. Not by any stretch. But it’s not really an unhappy place either. After all, sitting under a majestic old cottonwood tree on a beautiful spring morning in Iowa is never an unhappy occurrence. Warmed by the rising sun as I listen to the woods wake up, I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather be.
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  • We’ve worked too hard to settle for something less
       Although local residents have been aware of it for a long, long time, in recent years the Decorah Community School District has been repeatedly recognized as one of the finest “overall” school systems in the entire state of Iowa and the Midwest region. For that matter, there’s no question the Decorah District ranks well above the curve on a national level.
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  • With their hearts broken, Panthers still walk with pride

        It was over, period. Nothing shy of a miracle or an act of God was going to change the outcome. So I retired to the bedroom, threw on my “sleeping” sweats and tried to do a little reading as the final moments of the contest played out on my Toshiba. And then it happened.

    The entire state of Iowa, as well as thousands of basketball fans throughout the United States, remain in a profound state of shock as I write this. It still upsets me no end.

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  • Accepting the challenge separates winners from losers
         It’s a column I wish I didn’t have to write, but it needs to be said. While my words are meant for everyone who takes the time to read this column, they are especially directed at Emily Busta, the perky, enthusiastic Turkey Valley basketball player who missed a crucial free throw in the waning seconds of the Class 1A state championship game last Friday night against Springville.
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  • Trump’s refusal to condemn KKK is final straw
     I’ll admit I was among the thousands of Americans who had become disenchanted (disgusted?) with our elected officials in Washington, D.C. and their inability to get anything accomplished for their constituents. Using the past tense in this statement isn’t really accurate either – I remain upset with their performance as I write this.
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  • Look out M.J., I’m coming for you ... with a new knee

       It all started some 33 years ago in the main gym at Upper Iowa University in Fayette.

    I was sports editor of the Oelwein Daily Register at the time (a small, 6-days-a-week newspaper publication), and since I was still in my physical “prime” (no comments please), I spent a lot of my “off hours” pursuing a few competitive passions, like golf, softball and basketball.

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  • One Lemon who was sweet for America/world
        While their efforts may not rank up there with the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. or Abraham Lincoln, a strong argument could be made that they did as much to promote racial relations in the United States as just about any entity other than the aforementioned pillars of our nation (If I left anyone out, I apologize.).
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  • Perhaps a New Year’s resolution I can accomplish
         I’ve been writing a “New Year’s resolutions” column since Lassie was a pup, and admittedly it’s become increasingly difficult to come up with a new, fresh perspective on the popular subject.
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  • Duck lips, selfies and political obsessionists

     Call me a nerd, twisted, incredibly bored, a dweeb (see letter to the editor on this page) or whatever, but I’m the type of person who actually enjoys watching home movies. Say what?

    That’s right, while most people would rather stick a meat thermometer in their ear than be subjected to two hours of video showing a family on vacation in Yellowstone, I’m just the opposite. I genuinely get a kick out of experiencing the moving-picture memories of family and friends and their journeys through life.

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