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FARMERS MARKET: Two weekends left; delicious squash

W hat’s the best squash for pumpkin pie? Well, that’s kind of like asking about the best dill pickle recipe-everyone will give you a different answer. Over the years I’ve tried nearly every different type of squash in a pumpkin pie or pumpkin bars. 
I enjoy doing taste tests on pumpkins and squash to see what types are the sweetest. So, which one is the best? I can only say this  – it’s hard to go wrong when you start with a fresh-picked squash or pumpkin.


... So I walked up and sure enough there was a knot in the line.
While I stood there looking at the knot, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “How did you do that?” But after a few moments, to collect my composure, all I said to my son was, “okay sure… let me see it and I’ll fix it for you.”
But my son refused to hand the rod over. “No dad. I got this.”
Read the rest of the weekly column from a local pastor in the Sept. 23 Advance.

ON THE SIDE: Sanctuary

Last week, a unanimous Kossuth County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution that declared Kossuth County to be a Second Amendment sanctuary. There was some discussion about what that really means, and what it would accomplish. No one was really able to put it into words. I’m sure there were those who wanted to say this: “Don’t come for our guns.”
Read the full column in the Sept. 23 Advance.

INKSPOTS: Continuing saga of my travels

My history with airlines over the years had been – um – interesting. I’ve flown twice with no identification – left my wallet once in a park in Los Angeles and the other time in my sister’s cottage in Vermont. I had no other IDs with me. However, the TSA agents were nothing if not understanding and allowed me to board my plane with only a minimum of fuss. Okay, maybe a maximum of fuss. Still, I managed to overcome all obstacles and wing my way home.

TRAVEL DIARY: The happy wanderer and East Germany realities

Even though the East German police checked us over the night before, we slept well and awoke ready to tour the Goebel porcelain factory – especially the Hummel figurine manufacturing section. Approaching the entrance, we were greeted by an eight foot tall concrete copy of their Happy Wanderer figurine which happens to be my favorite. 

OUT OF THE PAST: New roof for fair grandstand

At a recent Kossuth Fair Board meeting, it was decided to put a new roof on the present grandstand. Hopefully the work will be done this fall. Estimated cost is about $4,000 to $5,000 according to Board Secretary Vern McClure. 
What else happened in history this week? See Gene Miller's Out of the Past weekly in the Advance. 

WRITERS & WRITING: Proles is a look at 2084

We’ve all heard about George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. But what could happen in the future? 
That’s the question Joel E. Lorentzen tries to answer in his novel Proles: A novel about 2084. 
Read the book review in the Sept. 23 Advance.

ADVANCE EDITORIAL: Learn about the candidates

The deadline to file nomination papers to serve on a city council or as a mayor or on a school board was last Thursday, and this edition of the Kossuth County Advance carries an extensive list of people who have signed on as ready to ask you for your vote. 
Given election calendars that begin weeks before Election Day to accommodate early and absentee balloting, it’s time to start learning who these people are. 
But what do you ask people when they knock on your door?

FARMERS MARKET: Try a new recipe

Comfort food lover or a new food enthusiast - which one are you? Perhaps many of us are a little bit of both. There’s something comforting about those classic favorites - that’s why they call it comfort food. 

ADVANCE EDITORIAL: Congress must save Americans’ bacon from California power grab

Three years ago, voters in California went to the polls and while there, passed one of the propositions that was on the ballot. Now, the bacon in the pan is sizzling because the law’s implementation date is just around the corner, and most pork producers across the country haven’t taken steps to meet the law in California, whose people consume about 15 percent of the pork raised in the country.

ON THE SIDE: Deadly Mixes

When I was a younger man and did such stupid things, I came up with a cocktail my buddies called the Hixer Mixer. The blend should probably be outlawed, and certainly one was sufficient to achieve the desired effect. Two led to a friend spending the night on the host’s couch. I’m not sure anyone ever dared a third. Truly, after these many decades, I cannot even remember what all was in it.

TRAVEL DIARY: Hummel Figurines

... The story of how Hummel figurines came to be is interesting. The child prodigy, academically educated artist who excelled and was highly respected by her educators and the general public, Berta Hummel, eventually joined a convent and became a nun. While fulfilling her other responsibilities in the convent, she pursued her passion for creating art.

FARMERS MARKET: Sights, sounds, smells of fall arrive

Mother Nature seems to be reluctant to leave summer behind this year. We’ll have a cool, fall-like morning followed by a hot day with temperatures perfect for the pool. Will we need a sweatshirt or sunscreen? One never knows in Iowa!
Numbers on the thermometer are only one aspect of a season. We need to use all five of our senses to fully experience and appreciate a favorite season like fall.
Read the full column in the Sept. 16 Advance. 

FAMILIES OF FAITH: Keeping your faith plugged in, charged

These days many of us travel quite a bit.  No longer do children and grandchildren live down the road. At one time, in many of our rural churches worship was a family get together. It is not unusual to hear of how after worship the family went over to grandma’s house for dinner. Those special days are long gone. Today our children and grandchildren frequently live several hours, if not several days, of travel from us.

ON THE SIDE: Cultured meat

... Maybe I’m out of touch, but I had to wonder, “What the heck is meat made using cultured cells derived from animals and fish? Well, I found some websites and the folks who wrote about the matter  are excited. 
Read the full colunn in the Sept 9 Advance.

OUR KOSSUTH COUNTY: COVID on the rise again

Is anyone else having a feeling of déjà vu? In many ways our situation today looks very similar to the fall of 2020. 

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