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Welcoming students back to school

It has been so great over the past few weeks having our kids all back in school. We know that most kids won’t admit they are excited to be in school, but the smiles we see on so many faces tell us how good it feels to be back in a more typical routine. Staff at each our school sites ...

Museum exhibit brings back memories of 1980s farm issues

The upstairs floor at the Lyon County Museum offers a great chance to appreciate the 20th century in the local area. It depicts sports teams, movies, supper clubs, manufacturing plants, a typical mid-century home and much more. It speaks to me in many ways, reminding me of what I witnessed as ...

On the Porch

The passage below about 100 years of business in Lyon County was written by Bob McVenes for the Lyon County Centennial book published in 1970. It gives a great account of the changes in business in Lyon County in its first 100 years. “The past 100 years in business in Lyon County has seen ...

Farm girl – Dorothy (Bossuyt) Swedzinski – growing up on a farm

We have been learning about rural Milroy’s Dorothy (Bossuyt) Swedzinski, whose mother, Irma (Cooreman) Bossuyt, grew up in Belgium in the years before and during World War I. She, her mother, Elodie, and her siblings endured the German occupation of Belgium before finally joining her father, ...

YouTube inefficiency

YouTube is a marvelous thing. Watch a few hilarious cat videos and the next thing you know you’ve wasted half a day chuckling over how high Mittens jumped when that balloon popped or how Muffy puffed up when she saw that strange kitty in the mirror. Many of the videos that YouTube suggests ...

Books and Beyond

Library patron So much in Susan Allen Toth’s memoir, “Blooming: A Small-Town Girlhood,” c 1978, reminds me of my childhood and teenage years. She grew up in Ames, Iowa, and I grew up in a smaller Iowa town about 50 miles east. Relatives on the Mohr side live in Ames, and we have visited ...