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Our Tree

Pete had spent a better part of the day and much of the evening at a local bar. When he got in his car to start home, he was astounded at what he found.  He dialed 911, and with a tone of fury combined with indignation, he yelled, “My car has been vandalized.  They stole […]

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Scottish Jim

An old weathered farmer asks a young man in a finely tailored suit: “Where are you from?” To which the pompous Ivy League young man replies: “I come from a place where we do not end sentences with prepositions.” The farmer replies: “Okay— where are you from, jackass?” The question of the day – Do […]

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the oyster

The Oyster

Cowboy humorist Baxter Black is known for his jokes, so when he puts them in a poem, the crowds laugh twice as hard. “The Oyster” is one of his favorites, and he describes the poem as a classic city vs. country misunderstanding. The sign upon the café wall said OYSTER: fifty cents. “How quaint,” the […]

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In the Trenches

An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!” Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!” Buddy didn’t respond. Once more the farmer […]

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Not Knowing

A well-known motivational speaker gave a talk at a local women’s club. At the end of his talk the secretary of the club approached him with a check, meant as reimbursement for his traveling expenses. The speaker declined to take any money and said it could be donated to a good charity. “Would you mind,” […]

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Late one evening, Walt heard some strange noises outside.  He peered out the back door and saw 2 or 3 guys stealing things out of his barn. He stumbled in the dark to reach the phone and called the police. The dispatched asked, “Have they made an attempt to enter your house?” Slightly miffed by […]

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1946 Spark

The year was 1946. Harry S. Truman was president. A first-class stamp cost $0.03. The Chicago Bears beat the New York Giants 24 to 14 in the NFL championship. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox 4 games to 3 in the World Series.  And John took a big risk with a spark […]

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Iowa Premium Beef Ribbon Cutting

Iowa Premium Beef’s CEO Jeffrey Johnson hosted the Governor and Lieutenant Governor in a ribbon cutting ceremony announcing the renovation and  expansion in Tama.  At full capacity this will bring 1,000 new jobs to Tama County.  This great news highlights the vital role that the agricultural industry plays in contributing to the economic vibrancy in […]

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Tama County Community Foundation grant cycle open November 1

The Tama County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, will begin taking grant applications for the 2015 grant cycle on Saturday, November 1, 2014.  Applications may be found online at http://www.tamaccf.org.  The deadline to apply is midnight on January 15, 2015. A training session will be held on November 1, […]

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Honesty is the Best Policy

Mr. Graham was on a plane for the first time, so his wife drove him to the airport, the flight attendant told him wear to sit, he’s a little nervous, and a big Texan in a white suit sits down next to him, they exchange pleasantries. They serve the meal and he starts feeling sick, […]

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