Local Columns

Memories of hobbies

Maybe you didn’t know that January is Hobby Month, but I find that it is, and I have to say that this is a likely time of year to honor such a month. Especially if it’s an indoor hobby. With ugly, mean, harsh weather happening regularly lately, I have been inside without human company ...

When large volumes of ice cream are considered healthy

Every once in a while you find a book you can’t put down. Even though your eyes itch and you’re dog tired, you stay up another hour just to read a few more chapters. I found such a book. “Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody” by Charles Panati is not new ̶ ...

Stop and smell the flowers

As we trudge through this cold weather and slushy snow season, I want to take a moment to remind residents of some of the fun, upcoming events coming to Webster City. • ACE Community Center and Southfield Wellness Center are sponsoring a special showing of ‘Ferdinand’. ...

For the birds

With the extremely cold temperatures we have recently experienced, keeping bird feeders full and providing a winter water source is important to keep birds flocking to your yard. Providing shelter for our outdoor feathered friends is another major consideration to entice birds to visit your ...

Looking ahead

I haven’t been able to do as much ice-fishing as I would like so far this year. Between Holidays, hazardous travel and such, I’ve just been home-bound more than usual. When that happens, I start thinking, and when I think about fishing, I think of places I’ve been and places that I ...

Back to band

It turns out I was right. I can still play my school song without music, even after fifty years. Some things just don’t leave your brain. Especially since during my years in high school band I am sure I played that song at least a thousand times at football games, in the band room, at ...

Going to the movies

The big news in our community right now is a new IMAX Theater. Ground was broken in Waukee late last month for a 15-screen movie theater that will include an 85-foot-wide IMAX screen which, it is claimed, will be the largest movie screen in Iowa. This definitely will not be your ...

New year, new activities, new books

Kendall Young Library has an exciting start to the year with our Friends of the Library Festival of Chocolate event quickly approaching on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s a chance to share treats and memories with fellow chocoholics, show support for this annual library fundraising ...

Cold weather challenges

The onset of 2018 has been a time of change, cold and challenges. With temperatures falling to -30 on January 1, I started off the year trying to resurrect not one, but two dead vehicles. My trusty rusty Ford Contour was in a cold-induced coma and countless efforts to jump start it failed. ...

Cold enough for you?

So, is it cold enough for you?  I must have heard that at least a dozen times over the past few days. And to answer — yes, yes it is cold enough for me. More than enough. In some parts of the Midwest, it was colder than the temperatures at the North and South Pole. We reached ...

Catalogs are coming

With the arrival of the New Year, many catalogs with plant and seed offerings are also arriving. Many of these contain new plants among the pages of the garden seed catalogs. If you have been gardening for long, seed catalogs seem to arrive almost daily this time of year. Many seed ...

Trolling on ice

Open water trolling is a technique, or at least a phrase, that most anglers are familiar with. Trolling on the ice is a technique that more and more ice-anglers are becoming familiar with. Trolling on the ice might not make sense at first, but once you understand the concept, it will start ...

A dose of Iowa Nice

So there I was on way to church on Christmas Eve. I left a little early to have time to put air in the tires on my little red car because I had just received a diagnostic report on email telling me that all four of them were five pounds low. And since I was heading out on a three-hour drive ...

Surviving the cold snap

Iowa’s Great New Year’s Deep Freeze generated memories of brutal winters of my youth. Winter has never been my favorite season, but I found comfort in the fact winters of recent years seemed to be moderating. The most recent cold snap snapped us back to reality. Julie and I spent New ...

Collecting Christmas cards and memories

Yes, I understand that not many of us send Christmas cards any more. But I still do. I like to get caught up on my people at least once a year, and any time of year I like to find real letters in my mail box. Sure I understand that the email inbox is faster, but there’s just something ...

The first ice-fishing trip

I went ice-fishing for the first time of the season a few days ago. It was a good trip even though the fish chose not to participate as much as we would have liked. We were on a lake in central Minnesota: The ice was about 15 inches thick. Anglers had been driving on it for several days. ...

Cold enough for you?

So, is it cold enough for you?  I must have heard that at least a dozen times over the past few days. And to answer — yes, yes it is cold enough for me. More than enough. In some parts of the Midwest, it was colder than the temperatures at the North and South Pole. We reached ...

Clickety, clack ̶ a sound of the past

Pop quiz: What once highly popular machine has disappeared from American homes, schools and offices? Time’s up! How about the typewriter? Think about it ̶ how many typewriters have you seen lately? I’ll bet the average middle schooler today doesn’t know what a typewriter ...

Teen lounge spotlight

Kendall Young Library has a Teen Lounge program every Tuesday and Wednesday after school from 3:30-5:30 in the meeting room. It is open to 6th-12th graders and all are very welcome to come. Teen Lounge is a place for teens to relax after school, do homework, eat snacks, play games, and hang ...

Be versatile for more ice-fishing success

Across the ice-belt there are several species of fish that anglers have the opportunity to catch from under the ice. Walleyes, northern pike, perch, crappies and other types of panfish, smallmouth and largemouth bass and even catfish can be caught by ice-anglers. The thing is, our ...