Opinion

Preparations for open water fishing season

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Some Midwest anglers have found open water to fish in, but most of us are still on the ice. For many anglers, that first open water fishing trip is still a few weeks or maybe even a couple of months away. It’s hard to predict ice-out because we never know what Mother Nature is going to do. ...

Growing cherries

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There are two basic types of cherries, tart or sweet. Tart or sour cherries are very juicy and slightly acidic, making them wonderful to use in pies and other desserts. Sweet cherries, such as Bing are often eaten fresh or used in salads. Unfortunately, here in northern Iowa, our weather is ...

With a song in my heart… and memory

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Have you ever noticed how a familiar tune can spark an instant memory of something that occurred decades ago? Scientists claim that our brains are hard-wired to connect music with long-term memory. Several years ago a researcher at the University of California, Davis, mapped the brain ...

Digital Learning Day

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I see that Thursday this week is Digital Learning Day, which celebrates the use of digital technology in learning and particularly highlights innovative and forward-thinking use of technology for learning in the classroom. For me, this could happen every day, even though I’m not in the ...

Caring for the caregivers

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My grandparents have always been near and dear to my heart. I spent parts of my childhood summers in southwest Minnesota on my mom’s parents’ farm. I also spent many nights and weekends at my dad’s parents, who conveniently lived ten minutes away from me. Growing up, all four ...

Grateful to all of the helpers

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I've been a big fan of Mr. Rogers since I was a young girl. He played a big part in many children's lives as he quietly, calmly and sincerely taught life lessons disguised as charming stories. There is one quote of his that has stayed with me all these years. “When I was a boy and I ...

Making cut flowers last

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Many lucky folks will receive a bouquet of fresh flowers for Valentine’s Day – but how to make them last longer? First - make sure to use a clean vase. To reuse a vase, wash it in a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water and be sure to rinse thoroughly. Removal of any ...

Patience when fishing

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Through the years, I’ve been to a lot of places where people gather. It might be a sportshow or a boat show or a home show or a restaurant or just hanging out with friends: Wherever. The conversation often goes to fishing, and, often, a non-fisherman in the group says that he doesn’t go ...

Eb’s Valentine shopping dilemma

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I could spot him from the across the store. Trademark bib overalls and plaid flannel shirt ̶ it had to be Ebeneezer Griper. Eb was surveying the candy inventory as I approached and stuck out my hand. “Howdy, Eb!” I said with a smile. “You and that stupid grin,” Eb scowled. ...

Why it’s best young women bear children

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For a long time now, I’ve known that God got it right when He decided that young women would be the ones bearing children. That was reinforced last week after a day caring for my three-year-old granddaughter at my house. Her energy all day was at an awesome level. I’d forgotten that ...

Voters show support for Iowa Central

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Iowa Central Community College is an enormous asset to Fort Dodge and all of north central Iowa. Consequently, it's very good news indeed that on Tuesday area voters approved a $25.5 million bond proposal that will enable further strengthening of this vital educational institution. Not only ...

February fun

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Kendall Young Library is having a ton of awesome programs during the month of February. I just want to make sure you all know about them. I have listed a few below. We also have them listed on all our social media, at the library, and on our website: Do you like board games? How about life ...

Pruning home grapevines

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The best time to prune grapevines in Iowa is late winter or early spring. Pruning can start in late February and should end by early April. Grapevines pruned during this time frame may bleed heavily. However, this bleeding of sap will not cause harm the vines. The main reason for pruning ...

An actor’s life is (probably) not for me

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Though I have never aspired to be an actor, life has brought along a few such opportunities. Our eighth grade class presented a really stupid (but fun) one-act hillbilly comedy and I enjoyed roles in high school plays. Other opportunities came along outside of school. When I was 16 the ...

That’s ironic

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I’ve been spending lots of time at the laptop keyboard recently, most of it doing something productive. But sometimes one needs to take a break and check out what’s out there just waiting for discovery on the world-wide web. I came across one site that had a page on the topic of ...

Icing perch

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In some areas of the Midwest, certain fishing seasons are getting ready to close, and in some areas they’ve already closed. The closed season mostly affects walleye and northern pike anglers, and again, that’s only in some states or some areas of some states. However, there will still be ...

Proper time for pruning

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There are many important reasons to prune a tree, including pruning for safety, tree health and appearance. It is also important to know the proper time for pruning different types of trees in order to help prevent occurrence of disease. Oak trees: December, January and February are the ...

Is it lunch or dinner? What about supper?

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January is National Sunday Supper Month, designated as an opportunity for families to set aside their hectic schedules for a few hours as they spend time together sharing stories about the week just past, looking ahead to the coming week, and maybe just relaxing together around the kitchen ...

Life and lunch with Lyle

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My eighth grade class had 10 students and during that year our tiny school district merged with two small nearby districts. The merged high school would commence the next fall. Getting acquainted with new classmates didn’t concern me much ̶ I had already attended four different schools ...