Local Columns

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 ...

Traditions and family memories

Traditions and family memories are right at the top of my mind in these days before Christmas. Most of my extended family are scattered to many different locations around the country — Delaware, Missouri, California and Oregon. We don't have the large family celebrations I remember from my ...

Caring for Norfolk Island Pines

You have seen them in the stores this holiday season, those cute little Christmas trees for sale growing in pots. But unfortunately, many who purchase these Norfolk Island Pines for holiday decorations or gifts, may have had them die as not knowing proper care to provide for these ...

Walleyes on spoons through the ice

Another ice-fishing season is underway across many parts of the Midwest, and many of the anglers that hit the ice this winter will be after walleyes. Walleyes will eat a lot of different presentations. A plain hook and split-shot under a bobber works, as does a jig like we would use in open ...

The end of the year at KYL

The end of the year is quickly approaching. The library has a few more events before the end of 2017 that you don’t want to miss out on. - Saturday, Dec. 16, there will be the Kids’ Movie from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and we will be showing Moana. There will also be a Christmas Tree ...

H/M Tax Board hears how former grant recipients use monies

The Webster City Hotel Motel Tax board observed presentations from local groups who received grant monies during the 19th round of applications. Six local organizations explained the board how the monies were used and the benefits the grant provided in bringing people to Webster City. ACE ...

Poinsettia care

The poinsettia is one of the most popular potted flowers in the United States. Red is the most commonly sold poinsettia color, and many of the new colors available today were developed thru breeding mutations from the red flowering plants. When describing a poinsettia flower it is ...

Color for open water and ice

To some anglers, lure color isn’t that important. To other anglers, color is very important. To the most successful anglers, lure color is part of the equation. In a good number of situations, whether it be open-water or ice-fishing, the color of your lure can affect how many fish you ...