There have been quite a bit of home renovation projects undertaken in the past few months. Whether it’s just a quick update, or a room-by-room redo, there are several simple ways to add a jolt of new energy to your space.

Whether you’re thinking of converting an old barrel, or you’ve picked up something new with Wi-Fi connectivity and all the latest tech, using a smoker for a summer backyard barbecue has been steadily gaining popularity for some time. In fact, many folks use them to cook just about anything y…

Author Jonathan Reed’s new book “Lost Resorts of the Iowa Great Lakes” was published June 29 and is available at several area establishments including the Maritime Museum. The book includes nearly 200 photographs and covers several decades of Lakes area hotel and resort history.

The shelter house was slated for a renovation beginning this spring with a heated and air conditioned addition to the south end of the park including restrooms and a kitchenette. There will be additional seating and can then serve as a year-round facility. The project is scheduled to be comp…

Thomas F. Agran of Iowa City recently completed a mural along the bike trail in the tunnel under the Highway 71 bridge in Arnolds Park. The brightly colored work of art includes renditions of nutty bars, boats, fishing and many more items that represent the essence of the Iowa Great Lakes.