Opinion

Finding your next read

Local Columns

Sometimes it is a struggle picking your next book to read. If you are like me, and work at a library, options are endless. I have books on my to-read list to last me a lifetime, and it just keeps getting longer. But for those of you who don’t have that kind of access, here are a few ...

Keep warm while fishing this winter season

Local Columns

Winter is not far off. In fact, depending on where you live, it’s already here. The Midwest provides lots of fishing opportunities throughout the winter months for both open water and ice anglers. Many anglers like to go ice-fishing, many others enjoy fishing in the open water in rivers ...

Try old-fashioned Christmas shopping in WC

Editorials

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, if you ...

Winterizing the garden

Local Columns

As you are getting your home ready for the Christmas holidays, now is also the time to prepare your landscape for the winter season. To help trees and shrubs to successfully overcome the stress of winter, it is important to give woody plants a slow, deep watering before the ground becomes ...

Changing face of Main Street

Local Columns

We just passed Small Business Saturday. It’s a movement I especially appreciate in these times of big box stores, mega-malls, and online shopping. It’s just good to know that there are local, independent stores still out there that need our support to survive in these times. Small ...

Dodging debris on the highway

Local Columns

During my days in radio news I wrote thousands of new stories and read thousands more from the United Press International news wire. I can remember a few of the stories I wrote back then but far fewer that came from the wire service. One UPI dispatch that has remained vividly in my mind ...

Catch more fish through the ice

Local Columns

With the ice-fishing season upon us, now is good time for some reminders about improving your chances for success through the ice. Following are some of those reminders. Just as in open water fishing, probably the most important key to catching fish through the ice is that you’ve got to ...

Bring on the holidays

Local Columns

Is it wrong that I have all of my Christmas decorations lined up in boxes in the front hallway, just waiting to be opened and loved again? That's the closest to decorating that my husband will allow before Thanksgiving. But come Friday, oh man, it's throw open the boxes, put up the tree ...

Iowa nice is alive and well

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: This is to acknowledge the help I received from a Webster City gentleman in September. I did not get his name and he refused any payment. I was on my way from Cedar Rapids to my class reunion in Jewell when I encountered tire problems just off Highway 20. This fine man ...

Gifts for the gardener

Local Columns

With holiday shopping to begin in full swing after Thanksgiving, here are some gift ideas to share with those gardening friends and family on your Christmas list. Gardeners can always use another reference book or magazine subscription to add to their horticultural library. A few book ...

Hard work, but a good idea

Local Columns

A new knee is a wonderful thing. But that’s not exactly the word I’d use to describe mine right now. Since there’s a new artificial knee joint now resting in my left leg, it looks like there’s no turning back. I have to believe that it was a Good Idea to have the old, worn-out ...

The good noose of ties that bind

Local Columns

Since I retired nearly four years ago I have worn a tie twice: first for Julie’s and my wedding more than three years ago and again for a fund-raising banquet for which I served as master of ceremonies a year ago. Once a part of my daily wardrobe, my ties now hang deserted and lonesome in my ...

Thankful for reading!

Local Columns

Have you ever read a book or book series that you absolutely cannot get enough of? I sure have! I have read books like the Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, once a year since I read them for the first time when I was younger. I read Charles ...

Much to be thankful for

Local Columns

Once again the busyness of life has taken me away from my column, my apologies readers! With Thanksgiving coming up in less than a week, I feel it is only appropriate to dedicate this column to an assortment of reasons I am thankful this holiday season. My family. The past year has been ...

Open water observations

Local Columns

I’m pretty sure the 2017 open water fishing season is over for me. While it’s still fresh in my mind this is the time of year that I like to look back at the just-completed season. I enjoy taking note of the things I learn from every fishing season. Following are some of those ...

Amazing amaryllis

Local Columns

For the upcoming holiday season, nothing beats a spike of impressive amaryllis blooms. Now is the time to start bulbs for a colorful December display in the home, as amaryllis will need 6 to 8 weeks after potting before blooming. When planting amaryllis, select containers that are just an ...

Celebrating Maxine and other senior pets

Local Columns

November is National Senior Pet Month, promoted by the ASPCA as a way to encourage the adoption of pets of a senior age. Sure, we all know that puppies and kittens are almost too cute to resist, and that always makes them much easier to place in an adoption at a shelter. The adorability of ...

Fears of a dimwitted childhood

Local Columns

I fear I may have been a dimwitted child. Let me explain: Julie and I are looking forward to another granddaughter. Her daughter and son-in-law in Arizona are expecting their second child in February. Their son is two; he’ll be three in March. He’s a charming and precocious little ...

Thanks to volunteers who helped with WHWH

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: I would like to send out a heartfelt thank-you to all who contributed to this year’s Warm Hearts Warm Homes winter weatherization project. The project was entirely funded locally by generous individuals, churches, banks, civic groups and businesses. Sixty community ...

Recent book sale raises $2,155 for KYL

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: The recent Kendall Young Library fall book sale was again a huge success. A big thank you to all who brought books, helped with the set up, purchased books or assisted with clean-up. We could not do it without everyone’s willingness to help. There were 93 volunteers who ...