Tuesday, December 23, 2008

He doesn't know any snowbirds!

He doesn't know anyone leaving SNOWY DUBUQUE for warmer climes this HOLIDAY SEASON.
It appears he is destined to FREEZE along with the rest of us.
Dubuque has received 23 inches of SNOW this season, more than halfway toward the winter average and it is only Dec. 23. Yesterday's daytime high temperature of 5 Fahrenheit was a mere 23 degrees below normal.
Poor MARK TWAIN AWARD. Are you sure nobody is going to Florida or Arizona?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A front-row view of democracy

Zieman upset; Hancock retains seat... Incumbents in Iowa House keep their seats... Boscobel votes to exceed revenue cap... 2 of 3 megadairy issues approved... Incumbents fall in pair of county races... Whoah! Try to keep out of the way, MARK TWAIN AWARD. Don't you know it's ELECTION NIGHT? Go grab yourself a free slice of pizza... Garthwaite, Hilgenberg, Nerison prevail... Sheridan, Kurt win in Illinois... Kind gains re-election to Congress... Durbin, Manzullo easily post victories...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Meeting of the newsroom mascots

Hand fed crickets all day, Cubbie generally lounges in the splendor of his DELUXE PLASTIC JAR home -- complete with air holes and twigs!
The much-beloved, predatory feeder emerged from his comfy confines Thursday afternoon for a special meeting with another newsroom mascot, MARK TWAIN AWARD.
Note Cubbie's miraculous camouflage ability: It is difficult to spot him in the above photo. Look hard, however, and you just might see Cubbie's winking eyes and delighted smile.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

¡Estamos teniendo un partido!

Tenemos dos PIÑATAS.
¡El perro del periódico!
Hacemos el dinero para el UNITED WAY SERVICES. ¿Podemos comer la pizza?

¡Una cámara para el periódico!
Voto para el piñata.
¡MARK TWAIN AWARD quisiera comer la pizza!
¡SCOOP es el campeón!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Mark Twain Award and one BIG muskie

The fish bite was slow in WISCONSIN'S NORTH WOODS, so MARK TWAIN AWARD went fro the sure thing, taking a trek to HAYWARD'S NATIONAL FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME, home of the four-story muskie.

At a stop in RICE LAKE, MARK TWAIN AWARD donned a stale bread necklace in an effort to entice the ducks (and a goose) into a feeding frenzy.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Rocky Mountain Hiiiiigh! Coloradooooo!

MARK TWAIN AWARD scaled new heights recently when he journeyed to LEADVILLE, COLO., elevation 10,200 feet. Leadville bills itself as the highest-elevation community in North America. Those are some 14,000-foot peaks in the background.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach Mark Twain Award to fish, feed him for a lifetime

The "Life on the Mississippi" author recently accompanied TH ARTIST MIKE DAY on his lunch-break fishing excursion to the Peosta Channel.
Without a log raft, they were relegated to fishing from shore. MARK TWAIN AWARD opted for the pink Mister Twister lure and within minutes was witness to a 13-INCH LARGEMOUTH BASS splashing about. With a turkey-strips lunch awaiting them back at the office, Mike and Mark Twain Award chose to release their catch.