Local Columns

Hear about adventures in the Northwest Passage

Editor’s note: David Thoreson will present a program entitled, “The Northwest Passage in the Era of Climate Change” on Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. at Mulberry Center Church, in the Wilson Brewer Park, 220 Ohio St., Webster City. Humanities Iowa presenter David Thoreson’s life has ...

Easter lily rehab

With Easter here and gone, the weather has left us wondering when spring may arrive. Those of you who received a potted Easter lily for the holiday may also be wondering what to do with the plant after the flowers are gone. Take care of your Easter lily plant while patiently awaiting for ...

Early season river walleyes

Pretty much wherever you live in the Midwest, there are walleyes willing to be caught right now. Some states, and some areas of some states have a closed season on ‘eyes, but with just a little travel, you can get to areas that have walleye fishing happening now, and those areas are ...

New stuff

It’s the second week of April and we just got dumped on with snow again. And the lakes are still iced-over. I spoke with a friend yesterday who keeps a journal of his outdoor experiences. On April 4, 2017, he was in a boat fishing for crappies on his home waters in central Minnesota. On ...

The apartment I can’t forget

A 50th anniversary slipped by earlier this year. I didn’t realize until after the anniversary slipped by that it was 50 years ago in February that I conducted an ultimately successful search for my first apartment. I had left home the previous October, moving to a comfortable sleeping ...

Grateful for the time we live in

One feature of coming out of winter at my house is to clean my fireplace really well so it can rest for the next couple of seasons. It’s been an especially long season for the fireplace this year; not often do I carry in wood and get a nice fire going in April, but more than one evening ...

I remember

In my part of the world, North Iowa, there’s still too much ice to go open water fishing, but not enough ice to walk on. So I’m still kind of in that “Looking Back” and “Remember When” mode. I remember back in the day, which would be the mid to late 70’s, we really didn’t ...

Signs of spring

Six weeks have long passed since Punxsutawney Phil, the world-famous groundhog, emerged from his burrow and saw his shadow - but where is spring? Robins have been observed to be back for a while now, a sure sign of spring's arrival. And the Forsythia bush buds are just waiting to burst ...

The plight of the lowly penny

When I went to pay for my gas at the convenience store last week, the little tray at the cashier stations with the sign “Leave a penny, take a penny” was so full it almost overflowed. When I mentioned it to the clerk, he said he wasn’t surprised. “It’s always like that,” was all ...

Naughty photos from the Doll House

In July 1975 I was 27-years-old and had just gone to work selling advertising for the Sioux City Journal. The first week on the job I was accompanied on sales calls by Mike, the assistant advertising director. Mike a great young guy a couple of years my senior. On this particular afternoon ...

Pondering potato planting

With Good Friday almost upon us, some folks will be gearing up to plant their potatoes. It is a common misconception that potatoes should always be planted on Good Friday. Using Good Friday as a planting date may be problematic, as this date can occur early in March or late April, and soil ...

Spring is here

With the arrival of spring – are you ready to garden? Although you may be ready to start work in the garden, the soil is not. Soil temps need to rise and the excess soil moisture needs time to dry. So before jumping into your garden boots and grabbing the hoe, take advantage of the ...

Get bit by panfish now

The big lake near where I live still had a lot of ice on it when I drove by a few days ago, but it was opening up near the shoreline. But the smaller ponds in the area have a lot of open water. In fact, of friend of mine told me that a friend of his had just caught a nice bunch of crappies ...

The comfort of a hearty soup

What with the warmer weather, green grass peeking through, and robin sightings, it looks like spring is getting closer, so it just might be time to put away the soup mugs and the kettle for another season. I’ve made a lot of soup this winter. I know the calendar says I shouldn’t be doing ...

A vacation trip to the Great Southwest

Normal people take summer vacations or, perhaps, Spring Break vacations. We aren’t normal so we took a vacation trip a couple of weeks before Spring Break. Julie’s daughter in Phoenix gave birth to a baby girl in January and we just couldn’t wait until Spring Break or summer to meet ...

The freedom of a simple car ride

I can sympathize with those who are house bound because of health or mobility issues. I've watched my husband over the past 7 weeks as he has been recovering from a broken leg. He had surgery the last week of January and spent several days at a Des Moines hospital. Then it was on to Van ...

My next adventure

As many of you know, I will be leaving the Daily Freeman-Journal for a new job opportunity this week. With this being my final column, I thought I would take the time to reflect on some of the stories that impacted me during my time here in Webster City. Some good. Some bad. • The ...

March Madness

We are doing some awesome things at the library. We are having more fun programs in March that you won’t want to miss out on. On March 20, we will be having a Movie for Adults at 6:00 p.m. We will be watching Darkest Hour. This movie is about Winston Churchill facing one of his most ...

Looking forward (and back)

On a drive around a nearby lake recently it became apparent that another ice-fishing season is concluding. There were still lots of anglers on the ice where the ice was safe, but wind was making open water areas larger by the minute. I caught myself looking forward to warmer temperatures and ...

Egyptian onions

What in the world are Egyptian onions you may be asking yourself? Also known as multiplier onions, walking onions, potato onions, winter onions or tree onions, this heirloom plant may have been found growing in your great-grandmother’s garden. These onions produce numerous irregular ...