Opinion

Cold-weather fishing

Local Columns

As we get farther into the autumn period, the weather gets a little cooler. It’s generally not bitterly cold this time of year, and in fact the weather can be beautiful. That’s what makes fishing such a good thing this time of year. However, there are some days when it does get pretty ...

4-H is about helping youths achieve

Editorials

National 4-H Week, which began Sunday, is a good time to celebrate the enormous contributions 4-H makes to our community and nation. It's hard to imagine anyone in Iowa who doesn't know a bit about 4-H, but this week is an appropriate occasion to reflect on the important contribution this ...

Old school, new school

Local Columns

I got to see the big reveal at the refurbished South Hamilton School recently. Believe me, it is an awesome place now. Wherever I looked, everything was new and clean and sleek and up to date and very functional to address the needs of students in this 21st century. While I was there, of ...

Good cop; bad cop

Local Columns

I like cops. I’ve liked cops since I was a kid and wanted to be one when I grew up. During my 20s I had an opportunity to serve on a police reserve ̶ a well-trained group of guys who volunteered to assist the paid force. As much as I enjoyed the experience, I learned I wasn’t cut ...

Peony planting time

Local Columns

Early fall is the best time to plant garden peonies. The old adage, “If a plant blooms in the spring, plant it in the fall” holds true for herbaceous peony plants. This rule of thumb is due to that in the fall, spring blooming plants are storing food reserves for winter, rather than ...

Fall for walleyes

Local Columns

You’ve heard it before and I’m guessing you’ll hear it many times in the future: The autumn months are a great time to go fishing, for a wide variety of fish. However, for many anglers across the Midwest, autumn is the time to chase walleyes. Spring and summer can be very good, but ...

Just what my bike needed

Local Columns

As a youngster I was an enthusiastic bicyclist. Not only did I love to ride my bike, I loved to adorn it with accessories. An incident last week reminded me of my childhood penchant for bike accessories. Let me explain: After wearing out my first bike, a used 26” balloon tired model, at ...

Repainting the barn quilts

Local Columns

The first time I got acquainted with a barn quilt I was standing next to a big, old, weathered wooden barn as a woman painted a barn quilt directly on the faded hay mow door. A scaffold was set up so she could easily cross from side to side with her brushes and paints as she went carefully ...

Last roses of summer

Local Columns

With the arrival of autumn, area rose gardeners are enjoying a new flush of fall blooms. After a long, hot summer, most roses will produce a new batch of flowers in response to the less stressful environment provided by cooler days of the season. Interestingly, Irish poet Thomas Moore was ...

Aspiring to be a lifelong learner

Local Columns

The older I get, the more important I think learning is to being a well-rounded citizen of the world. Especially, in this day and age of “fake” or “alternative” news, one must be careful where that knowledge originates. Think about how times have changed since the 1960s or 1970s. ...

Enjoying a meal as a family

Local Columns

September is National Family Meals Month, I just discovered, designed to encourage families to share meals at home together. This promotion asks that families commit to eating just one more meal together each week. There is lots of research that shows the benefits of having family ...

Welcome to the Dieters’ Comedy Club

Local Columns

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Dieters’ Comedy Club. This is the comedy club for people who feel they need to diet but would rather just laugh about it. Boy it’s been a long, hot summer, hasn’t it? I think Climate Change is shrinking my shirts. All those ...

Doodlebugs and dancing

Local Columns

It’s been another busy week here in Webster City and the weekend is shaping up to be busier still. We’ve had individuals scooting in from across the country for the WC Doodlebug Club of America’s 31st Annual Reunion. I’m sure many of you have seen the red motorized vehicles traveling ...

Use caution around school buses

Editorials

With schools now open across the Hawkeye State school buses are once again a common sight on the roadways. With that in mind, Gov. Kim Reynolds and other state officials took the time at her administration's weekly news conference on Aug. 29 to remind Iowans of the importance of adhering to ...

‘Mums’ the word

Local Columns

A not so "secret" plant which serves as a great addition to the fall garden, is the chrysanthemum. Available in a wide array of color, form and sizes, hardy mums provide a splash of color to brighten an otherwise browning Iowa autumn landscape. Hardy garden mums are available as perennial ...

Fall for trophy walleyes

Local Columns

To many anglers across the Midwest, walleyes are king. Folks who fish like to catch walleyes. Walleyes are great on the table, and although some say a walleye’s fight is sluggish, on proper walleye gear, marble-eyed fish represent themselves very well. They may not jump like a smallmouth ...

School board elections matter

Editorials

Voters here in Hamilton County and elsewhere across Iowa go to the polls Tuesday to select school board members. With all the attention being paid to the run-up to the January presidential caucuses voters may be tempted to regard these local contests as of low priority. They aren't. The ...

The legacy of friendship

Local Columns

As I age, I have come to realize that my parents taught me many life lessons, but in our house there wasn’t a lot of verbal instruction. They taught by example, and I learned without even realizing it. One of those lessons was how to make friends, how to be a friend, and just how ...

Discovering unemployment benefits

Local Columns

Ten years ago at this time I was unemployed. My situation was my choice. Seven years earlier I had made what I thought was an excellent career move. I loved that job but for the first time in my career my boss and I didn’t get along and that’s a polite description of my dilemma. Two ...

Supports Williams for school board

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: Linda Williams is a dedicated educator with experience in many areas of our Webster City Schools. She has been a mentor to me for the 22 years I have taught in Webster City. She took me under her wing and got me involved in the Webster City Education Association (WCEA) when ...