Yearly Archives: 2018

That’s a Wrap on 2018!

photocredit: istock.com BY: RACHEL SMITH There’s always something special about this time of year, that week between Christmas and New Year’s.  Radio stations play “the best of” for the year, highlighting the top songs of the past 365 days.  Lists pop up on social media from magazines and other random freelance writers. It’s basically a wrap-up of everything,...
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Something for everyone at Ralphene’s

photocredit: Ralphene's BY: RACHEL SMITH This story has been many, many years in the making.  Over forty, which is incredible.  Dave and Ralphene Stokke were married in 1966 and opened their first store in Forest City that same year.  Then, in 1978, they moved their family and their business to Clear Lake and have been here ever...
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The Uglier – the Better!

photocredit: poshmark.com BY: RACHEL SMITH Once upon a time people gathered for Christmas parties and Holiday get-togethers dressed in their “Christmas Best.”  Women donned beautiful gowns with gloves up to their elbows, while their gentleman friends wore a suit and tie with pride. And then the 80s happened, shifting the meaning of “Christmas Best” to something all-together different. Sweaters...
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There really IS an app for everything!

photocredit: www.macmixing.com BY: RACHEL SMITH Today is National App Day.  Seems like an odd thing to ‘celebrate’ if you ask me.  I was just excited that it coincided with the release of the new mobile banking and app for Chamber Member, Clear Lake Bank & Trust and giving me something to write about today! Coincidence?  Maybe.  Maybe not. Either...
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