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Reserve Your Seat

A cowboy lay sprawled across three entire seats in a posh New York City theatre. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered, “Sorry, sir, but you’re only allowed one seat.” The man didn’t budge. The usher became more impatient. “Sir, if you don’t get up from there, I’m going to have to […]

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Q1 2014 Tama County Pitch & Build

The Tama County Q1 2014 Pitch & Build occurred on January 21, 2014 with presentations on Tama County’s 2nd annual STEM Festival in Traer, the expansion of the Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center’s Tama-Toledo Clinic in Toledo, and the opportunity to purchase Petty Livestock Equipment Manufacturing in Gladbrook. Lisa Chizek of North Tama School District […]

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A Wild Ride

Jim strode into ‘John’s Stable’ looking to buy a horse. “Listen here” said John, “I’ve got just the horse you’re looking for, the only thing is, he was trained by an interesting fellow. He doesn’t go and stop the usual way. The way to get him to stop is to scream heyhey and the way […]

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The Post-It Note

A man and his wife had been arguing all night, and as bedtime approached neither was speaking to the other. It was not unusual for the pair to continue this war of silence for two or three days; however, on this occasion the man was concerned – he needed to be awake at 4:30am the […]

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Tama County Pitch & Build 2013 Q2

Tama County Economic Development’s Pitch & Build for the second quarter of 2013 was held on Tuesday, May 28, in Toledo.  The field of presenters was diminished due to heavy rains that caused major flooding on area roadways and in basements throughout the county.  Some business owners that were not able to make it out […]

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The Late Speaker

After twenty-five years in the same parish, Father O’Shaunessey was scheduled to say his farewells at a retirement dinner. An eminent member of the congregation – a leading politician – had been asked to make a presentation and a short speech, but was late arriving. So the priest took it upon himself to fill the […]

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How Big is Your Bull Today?

Milo grew up on a cattle farm in southern Italy. Like most boys his age he enjoyed the physical hand-to-hand sport of wrestling, but unlike other boys Milo was extremely small and frail. For when he was just a week old he became extremely ill and nearly died. Milo’s father saw that wrestling and constantly […]

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A baseball lesson

Another page turns and another season is upon us, spring is here. This season of new beginnings turns many of us to the sport of baseball. It is a big time of year in our family as I am starting my 8th year of coaching youth baseball. My youngest son Cael is in his final year […]

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Triple Filter Test

In ancient Greece, Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?” “Wait a moment,” Socrates replied, “Before you tell me, I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.” “Triple […]

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Where is the Ship?

A magician worked on a cruise ship. The audience was different each week so the magician did the same tricks over and over again. There was only one problem: The captain’s parrot saw the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every trick. Once he understood, he started shouting in the […]

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