Opinion

Giving an iconic building a second chance

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Too often in this day and age, it's sometimes easier to tear down and demolish rather than repair and renovate. Many times, history is sacrificed for sleek, modern and new. That's why it was so exciting to see the City Council of Webster City agree to purchase the former Elks Club Building in ...

Maple leaf anthracnose

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Spots on your maple leaves? This may be due to a fungal condition called anthracnose. As the frequent spring rains coincided with leafing out of maples, some trees are now showing signs of this disease, which thrives in warm, moist environmental conditions. Anthracnose typically affects ...

Feed the fish what they want

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Summer is here: It came quickly this year. Fishing in the summer can be very productive. However, on that day when you’re on the water, fishing conditions might not be the best for the species of fish that you want to catch. We might really want to catch walleyes, but in reality, in some ...

Iced tea — a summertime favorite

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Sure, you probably know already that June is National Dairy Month. But did you know that this is also Iced Tea Month? I’m sorry I don’t know why the two have to share a month. For some of us, iced tea is the ultimate summer drink, refreshing and thirst-quenching. And it looks quite ...

Enjoy your drive in Iowa

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Driving in Iowa can be a struggle for natives but even more difficult for motorists unfamiliar with Hawkeye State highway customs. With another tourism season already here, I have compiled a list of driving tips for our visitors. The first thing a visitor needs to know about driving in Iowa ...

Bonnie and Clyde are the subjects of Saturday program

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Editor’s note: Rod Stanhley will present a program entitled, “Bonnie & Clyde — Part # 2” on Saturday, June 23 at 1 p.m. at Mulberry Center Church, in the Wilson Brewer Park, 220 Ohio St., Webster City. This a free event. Iowa historian Rod Stanley knows that Americans are always ...

Warm weather and moisture

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This year is shaping up to be a challenging year for gardeners following a cold spring that moved directly into a very warm summer. A recent update received from Joe Hannan, ISU Commercial Horticulture Specialist, was that the forecast for the next 30 days (and likely beyond) is for things to ...

Remembering D-Day

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The 64th anniversary of D Day just passed. On that evening, I spent an hour watching a very well done and thoughtful special, “The Men of D Day.” It profiled four American men who saw action on that day, all of them now in their 90s. D Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy during World ...

Eating our way to Glory

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The story is told of an elementary school teacher who, while teaching about world religions, asked her students to bring a symbol of their family’s faith to class. The next day, she asked each student to come forward and shared their symbol with the class. The first child, a pretty ...

Tomato leaf curling

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Due to our abnormal spring weather conditions, many questions have been received regarding plant health issues. One question in particular is that of tomato leaves which are curling up. Clients worry that the leaf roll may be due to chemical drift, disease or insects. But there can be ...

Why and how to net a fish

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For many fisher-people, netting the fish on the end of their line is about the last thing they think of: There are so many other things that we need to do to get to that point. First you've got to find where the fish are. Then you've got to select the proper bait that will get them on the ...

A great day to hug your cat

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I bet you didn’t know that this is a national holiday. It’s true, though. June 4 is National Hug Your Cat Day. This is one of those simple, straightforward days, not a Hallmark Holiday frenzy like several other days of the year with which we are all very familiar. Hug Your ...

A form of ‘normative psychopathology’

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With the advent of the season of summer camp, Scout camp, church camp and similar away-from-home activities, the malady called “homesickness” is about to intensify. I know ̶ when I was a youngster I was afflicted by this ailment. If I stayed overnight with cousins less than 10 miles ...

Explore the ghost towns of Hamilton County

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Ghost towns evoke images of dusty streets, ramshackle buildings and tumbleweed. The definition of a ghost town varies between individuals. Popular debate, is that, should a ghost town have tangible remains of buildings or not? Plus, should a ghost town be completely deserted or contain a ...

Lawnmower musings

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The best thing I can say about mowing when it is sunny and 97 degrees is that at least it wasn’t windy enough to blow the grass back on my hot, sweaty body. The other good thing is that I was riding, not walking and pushing a lawnmower. That’s not how it was when I first took charge of ...

Don’t let aging get you down

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Everyone seems to be younger these days. I’m not. Not that long ago I was the kid on the block. That has changed. Now when I take a glimpse in the mirror I look like the photo on my Costco card. I’m not worried, though. Age is a number; old is in your head. When I joined Rotary in ...

Trolling for summer catches

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One-hundred degree temperatures hit parts of the Midwest much earlier than normal this year. Those temperatures created warmer water, and the warmer water has fish moving, and they’re also hungry. In early summer different species of fish are doing different things, and they can be moving ...

A summer outdoors

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Most houseplants enjoy spending a vacation out of doors during the summer. After being inside during the long winter, a bit of sunshine and fresh air can be beneficial. But getting your plants ready for their trip can be a bit tricky. When moving plants outdoors, never transfer abruptly ...

Crappies in the summer

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Crappies are one of the most popular fish species across North America: Pure and simple, they’re fun to catch, and for the past few weeks, anglers who have been chasing crappies have, for the most part, been successful. The crappies have been in shallow water and have been eating. As we ...

What kind of prize is that?

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Walking down the street, a mother cat and her kitten passed two robins basking in the sun. A few seconds later, the kitten said, “Mommy, I’m hungry. What is there to eat?” The mother cat stopped and looked back. “Well, honey, how about some baskin’ robins?” Aha, unless you ...