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  • A bouquet of choices: Let the floral experts help
    Today’s brides are more prepared than ever. In years past, brides were armed with binders full of magazine clippings and photos of flowers and wedding decorations. However, times have changed and many brides arrive for their floral consultation with digital images of bridal bouquets and table arrangements downloaded to their smartphones or tablets. 
  • For Jan Hilsabeck and her sister Linda Koenig, “too many cooks in the kitchen” is never the case. Jan and Linda, of Jan’s Catering, have been catering special events such as weddings, graduation parties, and anniversary dinners for over 25 years. They take pride in serving homemade food and cater for both large and small events. 
  • Fit for each other: Couple find long-distance romance
    A phone app brought together two people who lived on different continents separated by the Atlantic Ocean. Kristen Taylor and Kris Senior live 4,057 miles apart, but still managed to form a friendship that blossomed into long-distance love. 
  • Manilla’s Olson secures win for veterans

    A prominent Los Angeles attorney with deep western Iowa roots is a leading figure in a recent legal settlement with implications so profound for America’s veterans that journalist Tom Brokaw featured the case on “Meet the Press” earlier this month.

  • Manning vet successfully deploys stem-cell therapy
    At 8 years old, Wrinkle was done playing. The black dog had severe hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation of the hip socket that causes painful arthritis and can lead to lameness. 
  • Fundraising underway for veterans’ memorial at Black Hawk Lake
    A proposed veterans’ memorial at Black Hawk Lake would include a plaque to those who have served in the military, are serving, and will serve — because there are sure to be more wars, said Lake View Mayor John Westergaard. 
  • The art of flying
    The call came nearly 36 hours too soon — the aircraft carrier was 800 miles from the Japanese coast instead of the planned 400 miles. 
  • At hydraulics shop, military service ties employees together
    With tools stacked up and semitrailers parked outside, Carroll Hydraulics, situated alongside U.S. Highway 30, looks like a typical shop. 
  • 280 pounds lost, new life gained
    Rhonda Martin pedaled her way to a healthful lifestyle and discovered what living was all about along the way. By riding an electric bike and counting calories, Rhonda shed an astounding 280 pounds in 2½ years. 
  • Wes Niles reflects on 56 years in car business

    Wes Niles never tried to sell you one car. He wanted you to buy five or 10. Or more. Not all at once, of course.

  • ‘A Natural Chemistry’
    “Yeah, it’s pretty clear, I ain’t no size 2; but I can shake it, shake it, like I’m supposed to do. … I’m bringin’ booty baaaaaack.” 
  • ‘The most complicated ordinary man’

    More than 350 people, including local and statewide leaders, celebrated former Lt. Gov. and Carroll Mayor Arthur A. Neu Saturday in a memorial service at the Carroll Recreation Center auditorium.

  • Tattooed ‘corporate oddity’ urges local students to turn their passions into jobs
    Inquisitive. Funny. Respectable. Partner in crime. Strong. Beautiful. Silly. “Like a sister, but more of a best friend.”

    With lots of laughter, some quiet pauses and a few tears, nine teenagers went around a circle and listened as their peers showered them with compliments. 
  • A grape’s journey

    It’s a small grape — innocuous, really. Light grayish-purple in color, the Frontenac Gris grape is diminutive, growing in long bunches that are exposed to the sun with careful pruning.

  • Hospital acquires robotic surgery tool
    A robot can’t do surgery — but it can help. 
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