Opinion

No treats for Rudolph

Local Columns

With Santa and his reindeer soon to be arriving, it is a good time to discuss our other deer friends. Many gardeners have experienced deer damage to their gardens, but what steps can be taken to help prevent Bambi and his relatives from feasting on your landscape? Although prevention of ...

What has happened to Eb Griper?

Local Columns

I was sitting in the coffee shop, by myself, sipping on a tall Columbia Supremo. It had been a difficult week and I need some alone-time to think. A voice from behind surprised me. “Well, you’re looking mighty glum today, big boy. What, did you lose your best friend?” It was my old ...

Honoring a former president

Local Columns

Like many of you, I watched the funeral for our former President George H. W. Bush last week. It was sobering, enlightening, awesome, and somehow comforting for me, all at the same time. As one commentator said, “Ceremonies are very, very important to the U.S.A. Ceremonies allow us ...

Amaryllis, a holiday favorite

Local Columns

One of the most widely grown bulbs worldwide, and available in a wide array of colors and flower types is the Amaryllis. Mainly cultivated in South Africa, Israel and Netherlands, these bulbs are shipped for purchase as winter blooming flowers indoors for our cold Iowa climate. Amaryllis ...

Sonar for ice fishing

Local Columns

About this time last year I had an interesting conversation with a friend that wanted to get more involved in ice-fishing. He is an accomplished open water angler: He has a nice boat that’s rigged with sonar and an electric motor. He has several rods and reels and a couple of tackleboxes. ...

A trip to the future by way of Memory Lane

Local Columns

Senior year in high school is a whirlwind time for both the student and parents. Plans for the student’s future come into sharper focus. There are financial aid forms to complete, scholarships applications to submit, meetings to attend and graduation parties to plan. College visits are ...

Ice fishing with spoons

Local Columns

Ice-anglers have a good number of different baits and bait styles available to them. One of the most popular and effective bait styles for ice-fishing is spoons. Look in the tacklebox of almost any angler who fishes through the ice and you’ll find at least a couple and probably quite a few ...

Poinsettia pointers

Local Columns

No flower says Christmas like the beautiful poinsettia. When one thinks of holiday plants, the poinsettia is the first that comes to mind. A member of the spurge family, poinsettias were given the scientific name of Euphorbia pulcherrima (meaning most beautiful euphorbia) in 1833. Have you ...

Include charitable giving in holiday budget

Editorials

It can be easy during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season to overlook the fact that for the less fortunate among us, there will be no holiday from need. Children whose parents cannot afford those toys our youngsters think they have to receive, adults unable to find work to pay for ...

Christmas traditions you probably don’t observe

Local Columns

With Thanksgiving now behind us, Christmas, less than a month away, looms larger on the horizon. Soon, if not already, kitchens will be filled with the aroma of cookies in the oven, living rooms will be filled with the fragrance of pine and closets will be filling up with wrapped boxes. ...

A calmer, gentler time

Local Columns

The first thing just about every single morning you’ll find me on the elliptical in my basement, putting in 20 to 30 minutes to get myself moving and my heart pumping. It’s what I do before I have a chance to give it much thought so I can put it off until that elusive ...

Remember those in need this holiday season

Editorials

Thanksgiving is upon us, and soon the Christmas season will be here. The time spent together with family over food and gift giving is something that we all associate with this time of year. But there are those for whom these holidays are just another day, but with an added sense of loneliness ...

Ideas for better ice fishing

Local Columns

There are a few concepts for ice-fishing that are really good starting points. If you’ll practice these concepts, with minor revisions every time out, you'll be more successful on the ice this ice-fishing season. In any type of fishing, you need to fish where the fish are. We keep on ...

Sweet potatoes or yams?

Local Columns

Although the names are commonly used interchangeably, yams and sweet potatoes are actually two different plants. Yams are monocots, having only one seed leaf, such as grasses, corn and lilies. Sweet potatoes are dicot plants, with two seed leaves, such as beans and roses. The sweet potato is ...

Building memories in Branson

Local Columns

Nearly 30 years ago my in-laws began spending their winters in the entertainment hotspot of the Ozarks ̶ Branson, Missouri. Cindy and I drove down to visit with them and became enamored with Branson. In the ensuing years we usually visited Branson twice a year ̶ in March to visit her ...

Living a healthy, purposeful life

Local Columns

Sometimes it feels like there is a theme to my life, because a certain topic—or variations on it—comes up over and over again in conversations, on the radio, in something I read, maybe on a TV talk show. So lately that topic has been about healthy living, only it’s not so much focused ...

Grassley and Klobuchar join forces

Editorials

By his example, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley helps counter the disillusionment so many Americans express about Congress. The Iowa Republican is an important GOP leader, but he works harmoniously with many other senators — both Democrats and Republicans A good example of constructive ...

Urges area residents to attend, take part in pageant

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:  To the communities of the Greater Swede Bend area: Once again, the Lucia Festivity of Light Pageant approaches in Stratford. This pageant honors the sacrifice of Saint Lucia who gave relief to the cast out Christians imprisoned in Rome. Her crown of candles lit her way ...

Behn thanks Ernst, Grassley for support of year-long E15

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I was encouraged to see President Trump’s recent commitment to make E15 available at gas stations year-round. As a farmer, and legislator, I understand how impactful this change will be to rural Iowa communities specifically, and to all of Iowa in general. E15 is a fuel ...

Elected officials should represent all constituents

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I have a couple questions for all the incumbents that squeaked by the midterm election by getting just over 50 percent. Do you feel good about 50 percent when all that means is every other person you meet wants you out of office? If you get half the people after years in ...