28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand It’s no secret that I absolutely love Elin’s books. I started with The Blue Bistro when I was 19 years old, working in my hometown at a bar on Lake Okoboji in the summertime. It’s not Nantucket, but I could always relate so much to her characters living for the…

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If only the relics and artifacts lining the walls and shelves in Darrell Frerichs’ basement could talk. The history displayed throughout the room is priceless, showcasing everything from petrified turtles unearthed in the Badlands to prehistoric shark’s teeth found along the shores of Silver Lake. The walls are covered with thousands of labeled arrowheads, fossil…

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The Iowa Great Lakes area is blessed with countless non-profit organizations who pour their energies and monies into bettering our community. Whether it is Camp Foster, Cherish Center or the Pearson Lakes Art Center, these numerous groups reach all ages in different ways. However, like any non-profit agency, funds can be tight­—especially this year. The…

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Comfort foods are great for fall gatherings, football, and fieldwork meals. Start with my Mild Chicken Curry Soup. It’s not too spicy, but has superb flavor. The vegetables, creamy broth and shredded chicken blend together and will be your soup must-have at your next chilly day meal. If you are a carrot cake lover the…

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Capturing Breathtaking Views from Above Anyone who has been around Drew Dau knows he lives with passion. He puts full effort into every task and pushes himself towards increased excellence in whatever he does. For many in the community, they observed this fervor when he played basketball at Spirit Lake High School and later for…

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As the air starts to cool and the leaves begin to turn colors, the weather tells us fall is fast approaching. For many farmers in the area, the days quickly become busy as they work hard to gather in their harvest. Two local farmers from Milford have created exciting environments for sharing the joys of…

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Despite his youth, Teddy Saltzman has always had big dreams and a knack for innovation. The 16-year-old businessman has accomplished far more than others his age, considering he runs his own company and owns a patent. The Bishop Heelan junior has developed the popular “Aqua Spool,” a plastic spool that makes it easier to re-roll…

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