Local Columns

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 ...

The wonder of being a mother

So, as of the middle of last month, I have been a mother for more than three decades. Thirty-five years, to be exact. Some days that’s still rather amazing to me, because I got married a little later than most of my peers. In fact, at my most recent high school class reunion, I still ...

Young people deserve credit

When I began my career 50+ years ago, I was always “the kid.” If not the youngest, I was one of the youngest guys around. One of the benefits of working in the radio industry is that many listeners had no idea how young I was. Acne was not visible through a microphone. A couple of ...

Catch ‘em on late ice

Depending on where you live in the Midwest, the ice-fishing season is winding down. Once March arrives, you know you’re on the downhill side of another season of ice-action. And, if you’ve done much ice-fishing, you know that March can provide some outstanding ice-fishing. Following are ...

Houseplants: Facts on fertilizing

During the short days of winter, houseplants are not actively growing and experience a rest period. Thus, as plants are not actively growing during the winter, they typically need very little or no additional fertilizer. But now that spring is just around the corner and days are getting ...

Play More Cards Day

Today is Play More Cards Day, a fitting time of year for it since some of us are staying inside a lot as we wait for spring and more a more pleasant season to be outside. Cards get a bad rap some times, and it’s true that some card games can be dangerously addictive. But a card game can ...

A clearer picture

You may be hearing the phrase “cutting the cord” more frequently these days. As the cost of cable television and the satellite options continues to rise, many Americans are cutting the cord and relying on free over-the-air television. The advent of digital television and its ...

Penguins and patience

It has been another cold, eventful week here in Webster City. With snow, rain, ice and low temperatures, I am in need of spring. With the freezing rain we had earlier this week, I am happy to report I only fell three times. For those of you who see me walking around town, you may have ...

Libby and RBdigital – Your one stop for eBooks, Audiobooks, and eMagazines

Don’t have time to stop by the library to check out books? Can’t afford to subscribe to all your favorite magazines? No problem, Kendall Young Library has the apps for you! Kendall Young Library provides access to free audiobooks, eBooks, and eMagazines. All you need is a library card to ...

Preparations for open water fishing season

Some Midwest anglers have found open water to fish in, but most of us are still on the ice. For many anglers, that first open water fishing trip is still a few weeks or maybe even a couple of months away. It’s hard to predict ice-out because we never know what Mother Nature is going to do. ...

Growing cherries

There are two basic types of cherries, tart or sweet. Tart or sour cherries are very juicy and slightly acidic, making them wonderful to use in pies and other desserts. Sweet cherries, such as Bing are often eaten fresh or used in salads. Unfortunately, here in northern Iowa, our weather is ...

With a song in my heart… and memory

Have you ever noticed how a familiar tune can spark an instant memory of something that occurred decades ago? Scientists claim that our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory. Several years ago a researcher at the University of California, Davis, mapped the brain ...

Digital Learning Day

I see that Thursday this week is Digital Learning Day, which celebrates the use of digital technology in learning and particularly highlights innovative and forward-thinking use of technology for learning in the classroom. For me, this could happen every day, even though I’m not in the ...