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November/December 2019

Bob’s Drive-Inn Expanding to Year-Round Location in Iowa Great Lakes

Continuing to Carry on Iconic Family Traditions Kevin Kass grew up learning how to run a business from the pros – his family! His grandfather Bob Kass opened Bob’s Drive-Inn in Le Mars, IA in 1949, creating an eating establishment that quickly became a popular hangout for people of all ages. Later, Kevin’s father Myles…

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Holiday Traditions at the Dinner Table

A person could find traditions every where they looked.  The tradition of the biggest pep rally before your favorite’s team homecoming football game. The tradition of decorating for the seasons. The tradition of visiting your grandma every year for her birthday who is now 97! The tradition of taking first day of school pictures. The…

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Young Hearts for Giving

Elementary Students Raise Funds for Local Public Services Some could say youth don’t have the means or the skills to make a difference. But sometimes their enthusiasm and innocence have a bigger impact than those much older. This is true for a group of elementary girls who have big hearts and a desire to help…

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Kylie’s Book Nook

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh This was my first book from Clare Mackintosh and had I known she was a former police officer, I definitely would have picked her work up sooner! Let Me Lie is both a psychological thriller and a character-driven, beautiful narrative. If you decide to read this, be prepared for…

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Creating Family Memories for a Lifetime

A Magical Family Tradition: Picking Out a Christmas Tree Magical memories are created every year when families carve out a special time to pick out a Christmas tree together for their home. The entire experience is centered on finding that perfect tree. Is it tall or plump? Maybe short and thin? Compromises are made, snow…

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The Toews Embrace Old and New Holiday Traditions

Family Blessed by Foreign Exchange Students Back in fall 2013, Marcy Toews was waiting for her son Carter to finish soccer practice at the Bedell YMCA. During those moments, she spotted a random post on Facebook about a family announcing the exciting news, “It’s a boy!” The story went on to explain how the family…

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Sharing Music from the Heart — Family Style

St. Joseph Church in Milford Hosts Brown’s Family Christmas Dec. 8 Some of the Brown family’s first musical recollections together are singing Christmas carols door-to-door in Le Mars. Shelly dressed up the three kids in Victorian costumes, top hats for the boys and full skirts for the girls. While those costumes long ago became too…

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Lake Life Review

The other day, six of us ventured onto the “Riddle Me That” grounds to put our minds together and master the riddle of one of their rooms. Walking in we were greeted…by someone…I wasn’t aware of exactly who, because I was soaking up  all the puzzles, they are everywhere! As our crew started to arrive,…

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