Opinion

Catch more fish this year

Local Columns

The fishing season in several states across the Midwest will be opening soon. In areas where seasons are open year ‘round, anglers are already out there chasing walleyes, northern pike, bass, and panfish. The next few weeks and months are the most popular times for an angler to get on the ...

Hardening off transplants

Local Columns

Before planting newly purchased annual flowers or vegetable plants out in the garden, it is important to know they need to be hardened off for best results. Hardening off is the process of acclimating new plants to the lower temperatures and harsher weather conditions of the out of doors. ...

North Central Career Academy helps teenagers

Editorials

The North Central Career Academy, located in Eagle Grove at 216 S. Park Ave. — the old Iowa National Guard Armory, is an innovative undertaking designed to give high school students a head start on preparing for a successful work life. Launched by Iowa Central Community College in 2014, ...

Good medicine — laughter

Local Columns

April is National Humor Month. It’s no coincidence that the month that starts with April Fool’s Day was chosen for the honor. I read that National Humor Month was established in 1976 “as a means to heighten public awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. Laughter and joy—the ...

We just want stuff that works

Local Columns

Let me go on record as saying that I enjoy technology and have for years. Lately, however, some technology is getting on my nerves. It’s too complicated. For many years home radios have been simple to operate. Turn it on, tune it in and turn it up. Many modern radios, however, produce a ...

Talking about my generation

Local Columns

Did you know that right now in the world there are five generations trying to communicate, work and live together in the world? Each generation has a set design of influences that contributed to the way people live, work and communicate with each other. The Old School generation is ...

A neat tribute for athletes … and the photographer

Local Columns

Have you seen the cool new window graphics at the Webster City High School Competition Gym? They went up just this week, facing the west parking lot of the gym, installed by Sports Graphics of Clarion. It's a great use of the space and it's a terrific way to greet fans as they arrive for ...

Plant hardiness zones

Local Columns

‘Tis the season to be browsing your local greenhouses for new plants for your garden. A common mistake that a new gardener may make is that of purchasing a plant that is not suited to survive our cold Iowa winters. To prevent winter kill and loss of perennial plants, be sure before ...

Experiment with color to catch more fish

Local Columns

People who like to fish spend a good amount of time talking about the different things that can help them catch more fish. There are a number of considerations that can partially or fully determine our fishing success, but perhaps the one consideration that we talk about the most is lure ...

The fresh smell of springtime

Local Columns

One recent afternoon as I was driving down the highway in our county, of course I couldn’t help but notice that the trees are almost budding, the grass is green, and there were a few fields where tractors were moving. All the means spring, for sure. The air even smelled like ...

Who else has had contacts with Russia?

Local Columns

There’s been a lot of finger pointing in Washington recently in regards to the Russians. While it seems that most of the White House brass has had contact with the Russians, very few want to admit to it. In the interest of transparency, I hereby go on record declaring that I have had ...

April, the month of celebrations

Local Columns

Happy National Dolphin Day! Or perhaps you are gearing up for International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17 or National Stress Awareness Day on the 19th? It seems that every day, week and month of the year has numerous celebrations, holidays and observances. From serious to silly, the library ...

The beauty of imperfection

Local Columns

I don’t know about you, but I have been one happy camper over the past two weeks with the warm weather and sunny skies. With spring comes an influx of all things new. When I think spring, I think new blooms and new life. There is no better representation of the beauty of new life than ...

Truman, Hirohito deserve our gratitude

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: That the United States didn’t need to invade Japan under any circumstances and I believe had we invaded the country, the human cost would have been over two times the estimated one million casualties had be gone ahead with one. Those are my conclusions after reading ...

Obamacare woes reach Iowa

Editorials

Huge changes in our nation's health insurance system were enacted when Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act — popularly known as Obamacare. From the beginning, this legislation has been strongly opposed by virtually all Republican federal officeholders. ...

Dividing perennials

Local Columns

April showers bring May flowers. If you notice some of your perennial plants seem crowded as you are scouting your landscape, it may be time to consider dividing them. The typical rule of thumb is, that if a plant blooms in spring or summer, divide it in the fall, and divide fall ...

Some ideas for more fishing success

Local Columns

Different anglers have different definitions of what fishing success is. To some, fishing success is catching a bunch of fish: Size doesn’t matter, they just want to catch something. To other anglers, fishing success means you caught a big one. Size is more important than numbers. And ...

The benefits of reading out loud go both ways

Local Columns

Now that I’m retired, I have some time available to volunteer. So ever since this fall several times a week I’ve been able to read with some of the elementary students at Stratford school. Now that the school year is on the wane, I’m getting pretty well acquainted with the routine and ...

Guard your heart

Local Columns

Vice President Mike Pence generated some debate recently when he revealed that he does not have lunch with a woman unless his wife is present. He claims this is to protect their marriage and that is an honorable motive. In the real world most people don’t have the option of such a ...

Money Smart week events set

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: April is Financial Literacy Month, and Money Smart Week is April 22-29. Are you “money smart?” Even if your answer is “yes,” being money smart is a never-ending quest, because the world changes, financial products change, and our needs and priorities change over ...