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Gifts for the gardener

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With holiday shopping to begin in full swing after Thanksgiving, here are some gift ideas to share with those gardening friends and family on your Christmas list. Gardeners can always use another reference book or magazine subscription to add to their horticultural library. A few book ...

Hard work, but a good idea

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A new knee is a wonderful thing. But that’s not exactly the word I’d use to describe mine right now. Since there’s a new artificial knee joint now resting in my left leg, it looks like there’s no turning back. I have to believe that it was a Good Idea to have the old, worn-out ...

The good noose of ties that bind

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Since I retired nearly four years ago I have worn a tie twice: first for Julie’s and my wedding more than three years ago and again for a fund-raising banquet for which I served as master of ceremonies a year ago. Once a part of my daily wardrobe, my ties now hang deserted and lonesome in my ...

Thankful for reading!

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Have you ever read a book or book series that you absolutely cannot get enough of? I sure have! I have read books like the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, once a year since I read them for the first time when I was younger. I read Charles ...

Much to be thankful for

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Once again the busyness of life has taken me away from my column, my apologies readers! With Thanksgiving coming up in less than a week, I feel it is only appropriate to dedicate this column to an assortment of reasons I am thankful this holiday season. My family. The past year has been ...

Open water observations

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I’m pretty sure the 2017 open water fishing season is over for me. While it’s still fresh in my mind this is the time of year that I like to look back at the just-completed season. I enjoy taking note of the things I learn from every fishing season. Following are some of those ...

Amazing amaryllis

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For the upcoming holiday season, nothing beats a spike of impressive amaryllis blooms. Now is the time to start bulbs for a colorful December display in the home, as amaryllis will need 6 to 8 weeks after potting before blooming. When planting amaryllis, select containers that are just an ...

Celebrating Maxine and other senior pets

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November is National Senior Pet Month, promoted by the ASPCA as a way to encourage the adoption of pets of a senior age. Sure, we all know that puppies and kittens are almost too cute to resist, and that always makes them much easier to place in an adoption at a shelter. The adorability of ...

Fears of a dimwitted childhood

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I fear I may have been a dimwitted child. Let me explain: Julie and I are looking forward to another granddaughter. Her daughter and son-in-law in Arizona are expecting their second child in February. Their son is two; he’ll be three in March. He’s a charming and precocious little ...

Thanks to volunteers who helped with WHWH

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I would like to send out a heartfelt thank-you to all who contributed to this year’s Warm Hearts Warm Homes winter weatherization project. The project was entirely funded locally by generous individuals, churches, banks, civic groups and businesses. Sixty community ...

Recent book sale raises $2,155 for KYL

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To the Editor: The recent Kendall Young Library fall book sale was again a huge success. A big thank you to all who brought books, helped with the set up, purchased books or assisted with clean-up. We could not do it without everyone’s willingness to help. There were 93 volunteers who ...

Urges attendance for Board of Supervisors meeting

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To the Editor: Are you disgusted by your "good neighbors" — all those animal confinements? Sickened by the manure smells? Worried about the volumes of water needed to maintain the animals, buildings, and trucks and trailers used to haul them? Worried about the quality of the water in ...

Spice it up for the holidays

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With the holidays now approaching, is your spice cupboard ready for the family feast? Although purchased spices used for holiday baking may keep many years, check expiration dates for freshness as listed on the container for best results. As many spices for holiday recipes may be used ...

Jensen shares ice fishing ideas

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There was a skim of ice on the pond this morning which served as a good reminder that ice-fishing is getting closer all the time. While we’re probably still a couple of weeks away from getting on the ice, now is a good time to think about some of the things we can do this year to have a ...

A chance encounter

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So there I was, just chatting away with a teenage girl, something I get little enough opportunity to do at my age and stage of life. Not to mention that it was 11:00 p.m. on a Saturday evening, not exactly when lots of teenage girls are likely to be hanging around with someone the age of ...

The highest form of humor?

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A first-person article in a recent issue of Reader’s Digest caught my attention. It was about the 39th annual O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship held in Austin, Texas, last May. Though I’m not ready for a world championship I do love those little plays on words that motivate folks to ...

Annual turkey dinner serves nearly 1,700 diners

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To the Editor: The Rotary Club of Webster City, both the noon group and the evening Rotary After Hours group want to express our appreciation to the community and surrounding area for their continued support for our 38th annual Rotary turkey dinner held on Oct. 22. Almost 1,700 guests were ...

Successful supper to benefit community projects

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To the Editor: The Mainstreet Morning Kiwanis Club would like to thank all who attended the annual homecoming chili supper. The great turnout helps us support our community projects and scholarships. A special thanks to Hy-Vee for their donation of ground chuck and to Todd and Lori ...

The importance of trees

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One of the most recognized benefit of trees that of providing shade to the home landscape. But actually, trees do a great deal more for our environment than just that of temperature control. Trees not only provide aesthetic beauty, but increase property values, define boundaries, perform ...

It’s time to think about ice fishing

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There were snow-flurries in the air this past week, and air temperatures have been in the lower to mid 30’s. There’s been too much wind for ice to form, but there’s no doubt that another ice-fishing season is getting closer. And with another La Nina weather pattern in the works, we ...