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1 Nothingburger no substitute for the real thing
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | July 20th, 2017

"Nothingburger: Something lame, dead-end, insignificant, especially something with high expectations that turns out to be average, pathetic or overhyped. Two pieces of bread with nothing in between. A news story hyped by the mainstream media for ratings or political agenda." - Urban Dictionary.
   
2 We vacation in the land of gators and moss, and encounter two creatures
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | July 13th, 2017

After seven years without a vacation, I finally realized the perfect occasion to take time off was never going to come, so I just dropped everything and went. I didn't carefully plan what would be the most fun or the best value. I didn't care.
   
3 Fireworks now legal in Iowa: What could possibly go wrong?
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | July 6th, 2017

When Iowa became a "shall issue" state in 2010, making it a whole lot easier for the average Iowan over 21 to get a permit to carry a gun, I figured everybody and his grandmother would start packing heat and the next time somebody sneezed in a crowded elevator, it would be like Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. It's true, the number of gun permits shot up, but that was all.
   
4 Pulse-pounding rides at the state fair will take our minds off daily worries
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | June 29th, 2017

The new slogan for the Iowa State Fair (Aug. 10-20) is "Nothing compares to State Fair Thrills," and the ride areas are now being called "thrill parks."
   
5 When fast food isn't fast, there may be consequences
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | June 22nd, 2017

We're all accustomed to the convenience of fast food. We are willing to stand in line at McDonald's or KFC for a couple of minutes while a smiling employee in a goofy uniform, earning minimum wage, stuffs our order into a paper bag and hands us our change. But what happens when fast food is not fast enough?
   
6 When fast food isn't fast, there may be consequences
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Hiawatha | June 22nd, 2017

We're all accustomed to the convenience of fast food. We are willing to stand in line at McDonald's or KFC for a couple of minutes while a smiling employee in a goofy uniform, earning minimum wage, stuffs our order into a paper bag and hands us our change. But what happens when fast food is not fast enough?
   
7 President proves he's unquestionably presidential
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | June 15th, 2017

Some say Donald Trump became truly presidential when he ordered missile strikes on Syria. Others have said he became presidential when he honored fallen Navy SEAL William Ryan Owens. Chris Wallace of Fox News declared Trump was elevated to presidential status the day he addressed the joint session of Congress.
   
8 First Daughter offers effervescent suggestion for stylish Memorial Day celebration
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | June 8th, 2017

Americans have always been uncomfortable with matters of etiquette. While Europeans are steeped in social traditions, in this country we can feel a bit awkward when it comes to the social niceties. For example, knowing how to celebrate Memorial Day can be touchy. Fortunately, first daughter Ivanka Trump has come to our rescue.
   
9 With all the tasty, nutritious stuff in nature, why do gnats bug us?
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | May 25th, 2017

I was working outside yesterday, enjoying the beautiful clear spring weather, when suddenly a cloud appeared overhead. It was a small cloud, but it was my own personal cloud. And, instead of rain, it was full of gnats.
   
10 Semi driver crushes antique bridge, with GPS to blame
by Dan Brawner Columnist · Opinions | May 18th, 2017

Last Friday, a semi-trailer carrying grain and weighing 30 tons headed onto the Daleys Bridge on the Upper Iowa River, east of Cresco. And squished it. This should not have come as a complete surprise to the unnamed driver because the 100-year-old bridge had a posted weight limit of three tons, excluding any vehicle heavier than a full-sized pickup. The driver presumably saw the warning sign, but explained to authorities that he was only following the directions on his GPS. (Lucky for him, his GPS didn't tell him to drive into the Pacific Ocean.) Estimates for the repair are expected to be in the range of $900,000.
   
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