Opinion

Congratulations to our new governor

Editorials

Wednesday a landmark transition took place in the Hawkeye State. Gov. Terry Branstad resigned to assume the critical international role of U.S. ambassador to China. Kim Reynolds, who has been Iowa’s lieutenant governor since 2011, took the oath of office to succeed him as our state’s chief ...

Quiet heroes and their stories

Local Columns

The evidence is incontrovertible: I am slowly, with each passing year, becoming my parents. I realized just this past year that I now have many of my mom’s weird health food habits. Her awful cereal I swore I’d never even try? Now I actually prefer it. When I was a kid, my dad used to ask ...

Catch ‘em right now

Local Columns

Early summer can provide some of the best fishing action of the year for many species of fish found in the Midwest. In fact, many very successful anglers consider June to be the best time of the year to go fishing. Walleyes and bass are particularly susceptible to an angler’s presentation ...

Maple leaf bladder galls

Local Columns

Have you noticed bumps appearing on your maple tree leaves and wondered what caused them? This spring several inquiries from homeowners wondering as to whether this may affect the health of their tree. First appearing in the spring, these bumps are the result of tiny mites that are ...

The bathroom scale will tell you why

Local Columns

One of the tasks of moving to a new community is selecting and becoming acquainted with a new grocery store. Grocery shopping is so much easier in a familiar store where I know where to find the cream of celery soup. So what prompts an old retired guy to write about grocery shopping? Well, ...

Do you have enough?

Local Columns

Quite some time ago during the children’s sermon one Sunday the pastor was talking with the children about the toys and bicycles and video games and books that they all had at home. These were all things these kids liked, of course, items they took for granted as a given in their lives. ...

Thank a veteran today

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: As Memorial Day approaches, an we think about concerts, picnics, junefests and camping, let us take a moment and remember the veterans who serve now and who have served and are gone. I’m planning my 50th class reunion and I know that many of our classmates were in ...

Congratulations, Class of 2017

Editorials

It’s that time of year again, as our young people begin the next chapter of their life stories. On Sunday, Webster City High School and South Hamilton High School seniors will mark the completion of their high school careers by receiving their diplomas. Some of the graduates will be ...

Looking towards the future

Local Columns

It seems graduation is once again upon us. This Saturday 138 Webster City High School seniors will walk across the stage and receive their diplomas. There will be an abundance of speeches by faculty and students ready to encourage individuals for their next phase in life. There will be ...

Black knot caused by fungus

Local Columns

Recent client inquiries included several questions on cherry trees that were exhibiting hard, dark swollen areas appearing on the twigs and limbs. This is a disease called black knot, which is caused by a fungus called Apiosporina morbosa and typically affects both wild and cultivated cherry, ...

Military marker clean-up day a success

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: On behalf of the Hamilton County Peace Officers Association I would like to take a moment to thank those who sponsored the Military Marker Clean-Up day at Graceland Cemetery in Webster City this past Saturday, May 13. Hy-Vee Food Store (Aaron Tacker, store manager and James ...

A hundred years and then some

Local Columns

This year is kind of a special in Webster City. Five businesses are celebrating a century of continuous operation in Hamilton County. One-hundred years. The Webster City Area Chamber of Commerce, Farm Bureau, Murray McMurray Hatchery, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Hamilton ...

Urges senators to vote against AHCA

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: It’s a sad irony that what finally got the American Health Care Act through the House of Representatives is a provision which gives states the option of allowing insurance companies to once again discriminate against people with preexisting conditions. The Congressional ...

Fishing for early season bass

Local Columns

Largemouth bass can be found in lots of lakes, rivers, and ponds across the country. In southern areas bass catching has been in full swing for weeks, but in the Midwest the bass action is just starting. In fact, in some states that have an open and closed season for bass fishing, the legal ...

‘Bon anniversaire’ to a new nonagenarian

Local Columns

My mother is a nonagenarian. It’s okay though; if you’re fortunate you may be a nonagenarian someday, too. For those unfamiliar with the term, a nonagenarian is someone who is between 90 and 99 years of age. My mother turned 90 on May 8. Her six children and their spouses, most of ...

Congratulations Class of 2017

Local Columns

This is for the class of 2017. We’re all living in uncertain times, with distrust and unrest among our national leaders and violence in our cities even here in Iowa that breeds uneasiness among many of us, one could say that it is an unsure time to be graduating from high school. ...

On the hunt

Local Columns

Last weekend I began my summer-long adventure to discover the best of Webster City’s used and rejected treasures. In other words, I shopped my neighborhood’s garage sales. What I’m currently hunting for: old art prints for a teen art program at the library this summer. Why is this hunt ...

A few of the reasons why I am thankful for my mom

Local Columns

Mother’s Day is once again upon us this weekend. For many moms, this means getting special breakfasts in bed, carefully colored cards and other hand made gifts. My sisters and I attempted breakfast in bed for my mom maybe once or twice. I give my mom a lot of credit for attempting to eat ...

Legion commander decries vandalism, theft at memorials

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I address this to the person or persons who felt it was necessary to commit what I consider a slap in the face of all the American soldiers who fought and died in all the wars every fought. Within the last few days, we had a military marker and flag stolen from one of the ...

Battling crabgrass

Local Columns

Crabgrass is a common lawn weed that can be prevented by using a properly timed pre-emergence herbicide application. Pre-emergence applications need to be made before crabgrass starts to grow, as these products work by containing a chemical that prevents weed seeds from germinating. Thus, ...