Erin Sommers Graphic-Advocate Editor

07/17/2018 - 3:19pm
There are things in life that people just don’t fully understand until they go through them themselves, Linda Ramthun says. One of those things is just how amazing a Make-A-Wish trip can be for a family with a sick or disabled child. Ramthun’s grandson suffered a traumatic brain injury, which forced him to use a wheelchair and need round-the-clock care. “It’s a constant...
07/17/2018 - 3:18pm
No matter what Jillian Kurovski had just explained about the low threat level a tarantula represents to human beings, when one of the furry legged spiders escaped her glass home Friday morning, spectators jumped back a bit. Kurovski works for the Iowa State University Insect Zoo, a traveling exhibition that visited the Calhoun County Expo....
07/17/2018 - 3:16pm
Children’s games during last year’s Lohrville Fun Days weren’t a big hit, City Clerk Kris Kavanaugh said. So when she began planning children’s activities for this year’s festival, she was looking for something new. Kavanaugh saw Manson had hosted a bike rodeo for kids during this year’s Crater Days festival,...
07/17/2018 - 3:13pm
New Opportunities is reaching out to residents in its seven-county region with information about how to better handle their finances. But the financial literacy classes, don’t just teach participants about how to create a budget or how to determine how much of their income is going toward expenses, says Albina Tigges, a financial counselor...
07/17/2018 - 3:12pm
Calhoun County Attorney Tina Meth Farrington told the Board of Supervisors July 10 that a rock broke the window on the front of her office July 4. The rock, which came from the landscaping of a nearby business, “came through (the double-paned glass) and dented the wall behind (the front) desk,” Farrington said. “It kind of...
07/17/2018 - 3:11pm
Years ago, Kerri and Earl McAlexander tried to offer their son, Jacy, a choice. “When he was about 8 years old, we told him that he’d need to make a choice between 4-H and Boy Scouts,” Kerri said in an email to The Graphic-Advocate this week. “We said that he should probably only be in one or the other. He told us that he...
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