Fun Friday – The Community of Flags

For today’s Fun Friday post, I thought I’d give you a little insight to one of the great communities CampaignHQ is proud to be a part of – Brooklyn, Iowa!

Here’s a great look at why CampaignHQ is located in Brooklyn.


If you ever have the pleasure of being in town, swing by and check out the flag display. “The Brooklyn Flag Display is located at 302 Jackson Street.  It features a 20 x 38 foot flag flown on an 80 foot pole.  The 80 foot flag pole was donated by Alex Wehrle.  It is surrounded by flags from every state and the Armed Services Flags.”

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Source: City of Brooklyn

Have a great weekend!

Fun Friday: More Things I’m Into Lately

Happy Friday again friends. I hope you had a productive week.

I thought I’d pop in once again and share a few fun things I’ve been into lately. Drop a note in the comments with anything you think I should check out over the weekend.


Cedar Rapids Gazette: Andre the Giant vs. the Cedar Rapids Police: 30 years later

Nicole Schlinger Andre the GiantYes, you read that correctly. 


I’m loving this quote from Dwight D. Eisenhower that I saw recently:
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Last but not least, we had a little fun this fall at CampaignHQ, including a scavenger hunt. These gals were our first two winners of the CHQ scavenger hunt t-shirts. Great job Sue and Dawn and thanks for the amazing shirts Live Now Photography in Brooklyn, Iowa. #ShopLocal

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Thanks for checking in – have a great weekend.

Nicole Schlinger

Surviving The Worst

I’m doing another throwback post in honor of the original CampaignHQ headquarters being sold, this one takes place in 2002.

If you worked in Iowa Republican Politics in 2002, and didn’t quit, congratulations. You survived the worst cycle ever. Our candidates for Senate and Governor went down in flames. The infighting was fierce. And there was more than enough blame to go around.

The 2002 cycle was the first time I saw a real Kate Spade New York bag in person. I thought a bag like that might cheer me up that miserable year. Then I saw the pricetag. It would be more than a decade until I’d own one.

The high point of 2002 was meeting Mark Havlicek. He had just sold his business, and I saw in him everything I wanted to be one day. He renegotiated a contract for me where the client had been taking advantage and I was too inexperienced to call him out. If Mark gives you advice … take it.

Nicole Schlinger business card

In December 2002, I answered a newspaper help wanted ad looking for “event organizers.” I figured my big-time political experience would impress them. Turns out they wanted people to do supermarket demonstrations for Listerine Pocket Packs. But it paid $100 a day … and the lights at 700 E. Pleasant don’t just keep themselves on. So I did it.

And then, when it seemed like it couldn’t get worse, it did. A new fundraising firm started picking off my current and prospective clients one by one.

So needless to say, 2002 was not a very good year. But it’s a good thing 2002 happened.

Stay tuned…

Nicole Schlinger

Summer Wind Down

The end of summer is near. As county fairs start to wrap up and parents have printed the school supply list, I realized I never posted about all the fun our CHQ family had at the Brooklyn Flag Festival.

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Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Our town’s yearly celebration is a good time for us to come together and celebrate everything Brooklyn has to offer and have fun at the same time!

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Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
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Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

This year CampaignHQ was proud to sponsor the pony rides!

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Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Come check it out next year – the 2nd Saturday in June.


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