Opinion

It’s time to think about ice fishing

Local Columns

There were snow-flurries in the air this past week, and air temperatures have been in the lower to mid 30’s. There’s been too much wind for ice to form, but there’s no doubt that another ice-fishing season is getting closer. And with another La Nina weather pattern in the works, we ...

Have Halloween that’s safe and fun

Editorials

Unlike most holidays, Halloween really has no serious purpose. It's primarily an opportunity for harmless, child-oriented fun. Costumes, trick-or-treat activities and an opportunity to engage in make-believe combine to make Halloween a favorite of youngsters and those still young at ...

Just once, I would like to…

Local Columns

Wouldn’t you like to tell some people off? Just once? Our Midwestern parents and grandparents taught us to be polite and friendly and that has generally served us well. Sometimes, however, that mild Midwestern demeanor leaves us defenseless against the seemingly growing number of people ...

Will we see the snow soon?

Local Columns

I hate to say it, but I’ve heard rumblings in the weather forecast about a small amount of distasteful precipitation headed our way. That’s right, people. Snow. It’s that four-letter word that sparks a mixture of emotions in our lovely state. I feel like people only express one of ...

The blustery night and a very good book

Local Columns

The blustery conditions Monday night lead to a rather sleepless night for me. There is a large branch that hangs over the roof of our house, just above the bedroom. As the wind blew, the branch and the remaining attached crunchy leaves scraped across the shingles from bottom to top, it was ...

Fall leaf color

Local Columns

Bright, sunny fall days and cooler night temperatures help trees to develop their glorious autumn leaf colors. But, if future days of fall arrive with many gray, overcast days, the leaf color in trees will not develop as well. Cooler weather of fall brings out carotenoid pigments, the ...

Autumn river walleyes

Local Columns

When some anglers are putting their fishing equipment away for the season, a few in-the-know folks are getting ready for what can be some of the fastest walleye fishing of the year. The rivers that criss-cross the Midwest can provide some outstanding walleye fishing right through the fall and ...

A spring vacation in October

Local Columns

Early this spring my wife and I planned a vacation trip to the South. A few weeks before we were scheduled to leave, however, Julie became ill with kidney stones which took most of the summer to resolve. Finally, earlier this month, we were able to leave on our spring vacation. Our ...

Past pianos

Local Columns

This week I came across an article about pianos. Old pianos, specifically, the upright style. Like many other Baby Boomers, that was the kind of piano I grew up with—the big, solid, imposing upright that was manufactured in the early 1900s. It was taller than most of the children who ...

Meet Pascale

Local Columns

Hi everybody! As some of you know, my name is Pascale Bruns and I am the new Teen Librarian at the Kendall Young Library. I am very excited to be working here in this beautiful library and that I will be able to get to know the people of Webster City. Literature has always been my passion – ...

Mammograms can save lives

Local Columns

Did you know that the third Friday in October is National Mammogram Day? And wouldn’t you know it, today just happens to be the third Friday in October. As the month of October is focused around breast cancer awareness, I thought today’s column would be a great place to focus in on the ...

Storing your fishing stuff

Local Columns

For some anglers, the open water fishing season is history. If you’re one of those anglers, there are some things you should do while open water fishing is still a fresh memory. If you don’t do those things now, if you’re like me, you’ll probably forget to do them, and that could ...

Coping skills for the coming season

Local Columns

It’s October, folks, and this is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp mornings and mild afternoons. I appreciate the delicate fragrances of autumn ̶ the aroma of freshly harvested corn, the distant (very distant) smell of burning leaves, and the subtle scent of a freshly carved ...

Sorting through the past

Local Columns

I’ve been doing some a little sorting through my goods recently. Mostly it was because I was looking for a few things. I found several relics of the past that are now rather sadly out of date but that once were a basic part of my daily life. One was my Personal Word Processor. I loved ...

A busy, hectic month

Local Columns

First off folks, I feel I must apologize for my lack of columns these last couple of weeks. I don’t know about you, but every fall seems to get crazier and crazier. In light of my missed weeks of updating you on what is happening with me and the community, here are a few of the things I have ...

Pack the Paddy Wagon deemed a success

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: On behalf of all of the members of the Hamilton County Peace Officers Association, I would like to take this time to thank everyone who came out to support our Pack the Paddy Wagon Food Drive and Special Olympics Cook-Out Fundraiser. A special thank you to the following ...

October is National Pork Month

Editorials

October has been designated National Pork Month. That makes it an especially good time to reflect on the importance of the pork industry to this state. It’s unlikely that anyone who lives in Iowa does not already know that pork production contributes mightily to the economic vitality of ...

Perfect pumpkin creations for fall

Local Columns

With Halloween just around the corner, it is time to select pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns or to personalize for fall decorations. Perk up your autumn landscape with a display of these traditional fruits of the season. From dark to light orange, white and even blue, pumpkins are available in ...

Newspaper carriers deserve applause

Editorials

Every day more than 53 million newspapers are delivered to readers. Those compendiums of news and community information arrive on doorsteps all across our land as if by magic. Nothing magical is afoot, of course. Hundreds of thousands of newspaper carriers spread out across the nation each day ...

Thoughts on Columbus Day

Local Columns

Columbus Day always makes me think of New England. Before I lived there for just a few years, I’d never been especially tuned into fall foliage colors. At least when I was growing up in Iowa, there’s lots of other things going on at that time of year. Especially harvest. And ...