“Father was a gold seeker, and when he determined to adopt the roving miner’s life he put me in training for rough experiences, for I had no mother and he would not leave me behind,” Cynthia Westover described her early childhood as the daughter
The staff at the Lake Mills Care Center celebrated Christmas and Ugly Sweater Day, Friday, Dec. 21. Pictured above, front row (L-R): Stephanie Gilbertson, Tracy Bolinger, Deb Christianson, Kersten Fisher, and Heather Van Ryswyk.
By Bonnie Kay Baldwin Lake  Mills Graphic May 11, 2017 was the beginning of a long journey for a rural Lake Mills man.
​When the Iowa Press Association met in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, June 18, 1879, several editors presented talks to the membership. J.G.
Lake Mills residents woke to a winter wonderland Monday, as the area trees were covered in the foggy morning’s frost.
Lake Mills residents woke to a winter wonderland Monday, as the area trees were covered in the foggy morning’s frost.


“Woman Mayor Refuses to Sign Big Contract Before Investigating” The headline in Albia’s Daily Times newspaper must have caught the attention of readers in 1922. A woman mayor? And one who was hesitant to spend thousands of dollars in taxpayers’ money? A curiosity, for sure. The woman was Emma...
Several Lake Mills Girl Scouts attended Girl Scout Day at the Capitol, March 28, to see how state legislation works. They had different fun activities to do, pictures with the governor, meeting state representatives, tours of the buildings and more. Pictured above (L-R): Shae Peterson, Bella Jensen...
Most of society would agree that telling the truth is part of our moral responsibility to each other, especially to our parents or spouse.  However, if you’re caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, sometimes telling the truth can do more harm than good. Painful...
Botocudo Men in Brazil
Explorer Travels Deep Into the Brazilian Jungle “An eerie feeling came over me. Suddenly a piercing scream of a dying animal was heard. What it was we did not learn,” Elizabeth Steen, a Knoxville native, told a Des Moines Register Magazine writer in September 1927. Steen was recounting her...
Mama Said Her Bread Was Good “Lois is such a little girl that she had to get on her knees on the stool in the cooking laboratory in order to knead her bread,” an official from the college in Ames said. The spokesperson was describing how Lois Edmonds, an 11-year-old girl from Page County, became...
The Lake Mills Fire Dept. recently received a $1,000 donation from Albert Lea Public Warehouse. Pictured above: Retired firefighter, Bob Storby, accepts the funds from Al Larson.
Vienna, Austria 1916.
Friends in High Places Free Iowa Doctor From Austrian Prison To people in Muscatine, Iowa, in 1916 Dr. D. Powell Johnson was a hometown boy they were proud to claim. He had grown up there, and his mom still lived in Muscatine. A graduate of the University of Iowa in the class of 1888, Johnson had...
Lake Mills High School held prom Saturday, April 21, in the gymnasium. Pictured above are prom king and queen, Alex Martinson and Kylee McGurk.
 “The west certainly surpassed all my expectations, and Iowa is great,” Cy Woodman claimed after traveling from New York to Iowa on a Flanders 4 motorcycle in October 1912. Ethel “Cy” Woodman had ridden cross country to follow through on a dare. The freelance journalist had been at the New York...
Lake Mills High School Chorus and Band students participated in the Iowa High School Music Association’s Solo/Ensemble Festival in Garner, Saturday, April 7. The following students earned a Division 1 (Superior) Rating for their performance: Libby Heagel—Baritone Saxophone; Rebecca Evans—Trombone...


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