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Rebuilding a Piece of History

Rebuilding a Piece of History

The Old Oaks Hotel BY: RACHEL WUMKES A common hobby amongst Americans today is taking the old and making it look new.  Antiques are refurbished into modern pieces and placed inside sleek homes.  Turning trash into treasure by upcycling used items has become like to game to the avid ‘do it yourself’ type.  People obsess...

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Winter Dance Party 2023

Winter Dance Party 2023

Rock ‘n’ Roll is here to stay! BY: RACHEL WUMKES The rock and roll era sent shockwaves across the country.  It wasn’t just a musical revolution for the young teenagers, but a social and generational rebellion across all ages. A central and pioneering figure during the mid-fifties, Buddy Holly, set his sights on the big...

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Surf Celebrates 75 Years of Keeping the Music Alive

Surf Celebrates 75 Years of Keeping the Music Alive

Rock 'n' Roll Forever BY: RACHEL WUMKES A long, long time ago. Seventy-five years to be exact. After the original building was lost in a blaze of fire and smoke, plans were quickly put into place for a rebuild of the entertainment hot spot.  Located directly across the street from its original location, the current Surf...

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If You Build It…Skaters will Come!

If You Build It…Skaters will Come!

…Skaters will come! BY: RACHEL WUMKES We could argue the pros and cons of social media for hours on end.  But when a Facebook post in the popular community group ‘Clear Lakers’ creates a spark for one man to create an ice rink, I have to put a big check mark on the pro side! Over the weekend, Bob Wolfram took to the...

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Clear Lake Seawall

Clear Lake Seawall

Clear Lake History & Beauty all rolled into one! BY: RACHEL WUMKES When planning a visit to Clear Lake, a definite excursion to add to your long list of fun activities is a visit to the seawall.  Located downtown near City Park, this unique stone wall stands along the shoreline, a charming location for observation and...

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Rachel’s Guide on How to Survive the North Iowa Winter

Rachel’s Guide on How to Survive the North Iowa Winter

Because… Brrrr BY: RACHEL WUMKES It’s no secret that North Iowa winters are a bit chilly.  I’d even venture to label them ‘brutally cold.’ Because… Brrrr. Being on the receiving end of some bitter weather coming down from our friends up in Minnesota, it’s no wonder the winter months have us bundling up in layers.  With...

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