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With the apparent waning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Perry Lions Club is getting more active now that most of the club's member have received their vaccinations. The Perry Lions enjoyed a program April 26 presented by Kirk VanKirk and...
On a pleasant day in mid-February 2020, a male downy woodpecker was drumming on a snag of a elm tree in the northwest corner of my property. He froze when he saw me. He probably hoped that the human...
I have enjoyed watching the American tree sparrows this year. The name tree sparrow is a misnomer because it is not closely associated with trees. While they are living in Iowa, they roost in brush piles and shrubs. During their...
I was awakened with a loud “Who-who-whooo” coming from the trees outside my bedroom window. It was the great horned owl’s mating call right on schedule. Their calling begins in December and can continue through early February. Owls have made...
They're back. I saw the first junco of the season at my feeder Oct. 2, and now a small flock comes every day for a meal. Just as the robin is a sign of spring, the junco is a sign...
My wife and I went for an early morning walk at one of Perry's city parks. We had the park to ourselves. A friend told me about a pair of hawks that he had seen in the area, and...
On the mild and sunny Saturday before Christmas, 23 people fanned out across Dallas County in the annual Christmas Bird Count. They made observations in parks, cemeteries, backyard feeders, roadsides and in the woods along the Raccoon River. The annual...
Retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Michael Franken spoke to about 30 area voters Thursday night when he brought his U.S. Senate campaign to the home of Gary and Mary Weaver of rural Rippey. Franken, a Democrat, is challenging first-term Sen....
The Perry Lions Club met Monday, Oct. 14, and the membership dined on fillet of salmon over mashed potatoes, prepared by the Hotel Pattee. The salmon was covered with a fennel cream sauce and topped with chopped green onions....
"I should have put on my long underwear," I thought to myself as our boat headed north across the lake. "Maybe I should get the heavy sweater out of my wet bag to stay warmer." It was very cool, and...