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In conversations as well as emails and phone calls, I’ve received several questions regarding the very bright orange “star” which has been visible in the late night and early morning sky.

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When it comes to thinking of and remembering things about my grandpas, I am so thankful that they were in my life to make up for both the physical and mental absences of my dad and stepdad. I am just as thankful I had my grandmas in my life, but I’ll talk about them in another column.

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Comets have been pretty scarce in our part of the country for quite some time, but now comes word of a comet discovered by the PanSTARRS telescope located on the summit of the Haleakala volcano in Maui, Hawaii, that has the potential to become a naked eye object as we get further into July a…

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Mormon pilgrims passing through southwest Iowa first brought Concord grapes to the area. Though the planters’ intentions were to be long gone by the times the grapevines matured, their forethought provided fruit for the benefit of travelers who would be coming later. Permanent settlers obser…

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In 1896, Lettie accompanied her daughter Eleanor on a trip to the Western United States as a high school graduation gift. Eleanor invited several friends to accompany her on the excursion. The group traveled in style in The General’s private railcar. Each day, a member of the party would wri…

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For many years, space debris has been of growing concern to NASA and other space agencies around the world. Their primary worry is that a collision at orbital velocities could either destroy the satellite or cause significant damage to working satellites.

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Louis Charles Empkie, father of Fred Empkie, was born near Berlin, Germany, in 1845 and came to this country with his parents in 1856. The family settled in Michigan where Louis was educated and worked in a lumber yard before attending Poughkeepsie Commercial College.

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Have you ever wondered how socks feel when they seem to have lost their mate? They start off paired up, but some take off and end up in a clothes hamper, while their mates descend to a lower life undercover or under the bed. From then on, there is a risk of becoming a lonely sock.

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As a city councilman, Andrew Graham was well aware of the many benefits Council Bluffs had to offer. But it was the park system that held the potential to really make the city something special.