Opinion

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 ...

Williams will be strong advocate for children, education

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To the Editor: Many of you know me as a business owner in Webster City, and many of you may know me as a member of HERO. But, today I want to tell you about one of my Heroes. This woman is a true inspiration to me, I admire her fierce determination to overcome adversity. I admire her ...

Supports Linda Williams for school board

Letters to Editor

To the Editor: On Tuesday, September 12, the polls Will be open to fill 3 seats on the Webster City school board. I am writing to urge voters to make Linda Williams one of their choices. I have been closely associated with our school system for many years, and have worked alongside Linda ...

Scooting right along

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The ‘Bugs are back! And no, I don’t mean the little critters flying and crawling about, I mean the Doodlebugs! Every September a piece of Webster City history is remembered and celebrated by locals and visitors. For the last 30 years, the Doodlebug Club of America has been meeting in ...

Common milkweed – friend or foe?

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Do you remember decades ago when “walking beans” was a common way for area youth to earn pocket money, by removing milkweed and other weeds from soybean fields? Pulling, hoeing or corn knives were among the arsenal used. Next came the era of “riding the sprayer” involving sitting on ...

Communicating in the language of the heart

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A family member who serves as a Christian missionary in Africa recounted in a recent Facebook post how the ability to communicate in a native language is helpful. She and her missionary aviator husband needed quick access to an airport hangar to secure essential parts but they were in their ...

A trip to remember

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I went fishing to one of my all-time favorite places recently, Lake Kabetogama in the Voyageur’s National Park in northern Minnesota. I’ve been to Kab many times in the past fifteen years. I go there for several reasons, but mostly because it’s a world class fishery for a variety of ...

An ode to the arts

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This week the downtown ArtSpace bid farewell to its first-ever Artist in Residence, Cord McMahon. McMahon has been working on his art medium of mixed media collage during his time in Webster City. With a passion for dogs and collage, individuals who passed by his studio over the last few ...

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

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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 ...