Opinion

An invitation to ride

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In 2014, a 60-year-old, white woman boarded a bus in Des Moines, Iowa, bound for Chicago, Ill. She was terrified at the prospect of having to travel on a bus full of “scary” strangers to a crowded, even scarier place. She had spent the last 20 years, leading a sheltered life in a small ...

Beautiful day in the neighborhood

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I really miss Fred Rogers. Fred Rogers, aka Mr. Rogers, has always been a personal hero of mine. He had such a kind and reassuring way of talking to children. He stressed the importance of play to learning, being kind to one another and was a great proponent of accepting diversity. I ...

Support artist in residence program, attend the party

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: Cord McMahon, Webster City's artist in residence, has been in town for the last 9 months and will be leaving September 1. Legacy Learning Boone River Valley is hosting a going away party for Cord on Thursday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 6 pm. There will be snacks, cake and drinks. ...

Urges bipartisian effort for fix ACA

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: Thanks for the article, “Voicing Opinions”, that appeared in the Freeman-Journal on August 28. It covered the health care town hall meeting which was held on August 26, 2017. I was the speaker who urged a bi-partisan effort to improve the Affordable Care Act. Please ...

Sedum – fabulous for fall

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A great plant that has stood up to this summer’s drought and heat in Iowa, and now providing fall blooms for pollinators, is the versatile and easy-care sedum. Adaptable to most growing sites, sedum is an excellent choice for fall color in the garden, with low-watering needs and comes in a ...

Panfish in the fall

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Most anglers are pretty open-minded when it comes to fishing. Some have their favorite species of fish and they concentrate on that specie. Other anglers, in fact most anglers, just want to have something pulling back on the end of their line. They would rather catch a bunch of bass than ...

Murphy’s Law extended: Huisman’s Laws

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Most everyone knows about Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” It is the cynical law which supersedes all other cynical laws. After more than a half century of observation I have compiled a list of other cynical laws ̶ all sub-parts of Murphy’s Law. Here, ...

There are good people everywhere

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So there I was in Ames, a few weeks back on one of those blistering hot, sunny days. I was running errands and had to stop at just two stores before I had an appointment downtown. Then, I figured, I could just go home and get out of all the concrete and cars and heat. As I exited my car ...

A really ‘grape’ day

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I had quite the Thursday. I got up at the crack of dawn (okay, more like 6 a.m.) to prepare for my first interview of the day. As I am the opposite of a morning person, this in itself was truly a feat. I made my coffee, organized my thoughts and headed out the door. I was just to my garage ...

A new school year begins

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Today’s the first day back to school for Webster City students. I don’t know about the rest of the kids in town, but my son was ready to get back into the regular routine, see his friends and enjoy all of the activities. This is the second-to-last first day of school for our family. My ...

The basics of composting

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With the garden season starting to wind down, now is a great time to think about creating a home compost pile. Many gardeners consider compost as good as gold when added to garden soil. Compost tilled into the garden helps to improve drainage, adds moisture and nutrient retention, plus ...

Some ideas for catching more fish in clear water

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Autumn is quickly approaching, and in many areas, the water clears up in the fall. This is due to several things within the ecosystem, but the reality is, autumn waters can be clearer, and that will affect how we the fish react. And how the fish react should have an impact on how we react to ...

Old friends, new friends and ice cream

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During the first 25 years of my life I attended the Iowa State Fair twice. For the past 25 years I have attended every year. My Rotary Club meets at the fair at 7 a.m. on the first Friday of the event so I get an early start and enjoy the cool, uncrowded early hours on the fairgrounds. By 2 ...

Knock, knock… who’s there?

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Last week was National Tell a Joke Day. We may have missed our chance to officially tell a joke and make someone giggle, laugh, chortle, or guffaw, but then we can do that any day of the week. Considering the state of our nation right now, this just may be the best time ever to lighten up ...

Finding the words

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Normally my column is full of fun, my odd antics and other crazy things that are going on around the community. However, this week I feel it is important to speak about what is currently happening at the national level. As a reporter I have an obligation to inform and educate, so here ...

Learning is not just for kids anymore

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They say you’re never to old to learn something new. I guess I’m going to find out soon if that’s true. I’ve been dying to take one of the Legacy Learning classes but until now, they just haven’t worked out because of scheduling conflicts or family commitments. But at the end ...

Fall fishing ideas

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The weather in my part of the world has been cool the past few days. Some people are predicting an early autumn. I’m not hoping for summer to depart soon, but we take what they send when it comes to weather. If you like to fish, the fall months can provide some outstanding fishing ...

Drought stress

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Where have all the flowers gone? During this time of drought, many flowers have not produced their typical amount of blooms. Watering is very important during the hot, dry days of August to prevent drought stress to plants. Other ways to help your flowering plants include deadheading ...

Shopping the big garage sale

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I got to be part of an Iowa institution last week: the famous Highway 144 garage sale. You may have heard of it. The sale runs along highway 141 for 177 miles, involving some 20 towns. Believe me, the sale lives up to the billing. As crazy as it may sound, a friend and I decided to step ...

Ed Griper is frosted over teen slang

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My addicted brain demanded caffeine so I swung by the local coffee shop. I was not surprised to see a rusty old Studebaker pick-up truck in the parking lot and looked for its owner once inside. Sure enough, there in a back corner sitting all by himself was my irascible old buddy, Eberneezer ...