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My favorite “vegetable”

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The other day I was surfing the great wide web. Normally my Google searches focus around shopping centers and the fast track to my Netflix account, but I decided to switch things up and do some light research on one of my favorite food groups: Chocolate. According to the National ...

Plan a rain garden

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A rain garden can be created in a slightly depressed area in your lawn where water collects. With the recent warm up and melting snow, now is the time to examine your yard for low spots of standing water. This can help to determine a good location for installing a rain garden this spring ...

Halftime for ice-fishing

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If the ice-fishing season was like a football or basketball game, we would be at about halftime. We’ve had a good amount of ice-fishing so far, but there’s still a lot of outstanding ice-fishing opportunities to come. In fact, many avid ice-anglers will suggest that the best is yet to ...

Memories of hobbies

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Maybe you didn’t know that January is Hobby Month, but I find that it is, and I have to say that this is a likely time of year to honor such a month. Especially if it’s an indoor hobby. With ugly, mean, harsh weather happening regularly lately, I have been inside without human company ...

When large volumes of ice cream are considered healthy

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Every once in a while you find a book you can’t put down. Even though your eyes itch and you’re dog tired, you stay up another hour just to read a few more chapters. I found such a book. “Extraordinary Endings of Practically Everything and Everybody” by Charles Panati is not new ̶ ...

Supports $25.5M ICCC referendum

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To the Editor: This letter is in support of the $25.5 million bond referendum. Iowa Central Community College has helped me as a non-traditional student to attain my goals of a successful career in my adult life as a single mother to three children. The continued education program that ICCC ...

Urges ‘yes’ vote on ICCC bond referendum

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To the Editor: Iowa Central Community College has helped me personally to further my education through the PACE program. I have to admit, without the help, I never would have gone to college. Voting yest is the best idea for all parties involved. Iowa Central Community College has ...

Stop and smell the flowers

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As we trudge through this cold weather and slushy snow season, I want to take a moment to remind residents of some of the fun, upcoming events coming to Webster City. • ACE Community Center and Southfield Wellness Center are sponsoring a special showing of ‘Ferdinand’. ...

For the birds

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With the extremely cold temperatures we have recently experienced, keeping bird feeders full and providing a winter water source is important to keep birds flocking to your yard. Providing shelter for our outdoor feathered friends is another major consideration to entice birds to visit your ...

Looking ahead

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I haven’t been able to do as much ice-fishing as I would like so far this year. Between Holidays, hazardous travel and such, I’ve just been home-bound more than usual. When that happens, I start thinking, and when I think about fishing, I think of places I’ve been and places that I ...

Back to band

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It turns out I was right. I can still play my school song without music, even after fifty years. Some things just don’t leave your brain. Especially since during my years in high school band I am sure I played that song at least a thousand times at football games, in the band room, at ...

Going to the movies

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The big news in our community right now is a new IMAX Theater. Ground was broken in Waukee late last month for a 15-screen movie theater that will include an 85-foot-wide IMAX screen which, it is claimed, will be the largest movie screen in Iowa. This definitely will not be your ...

New year, new activities, new books

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Kendall Young Library has an exciting start to the year with our Friends of the Library Festival of Chocolate event quickly approaching on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. It’s a chance to share treats and memories with fellow chocoholics, show support for this annual library fundraising ...

Cold weather challenges

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The onset of 2018 has been a time of change, cold and challenges. With temperatures falling to -30 on January 1, I started off the year trying to resurrect not one, but two dead vehicles. My trusty rusty Ford Contour was in a cold-induced coma and countless efforts to jump start it failed. ...

Cold enough for you?

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So, is it cold enough for you?  I must have heard that at least a dozen times over the past few days. And to answer — yes, yes it is cold enough for me. More than enough. In some parts of the Midwest, it was colder than the temperatures at the North and South Pole. We reached ...

Catalogs are coming

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With the arrival of the New Year, many catalogs with plant and seed offerings are also arriving. Many of these contain new plants among the pages of the garden seed catalogs. If you have been gardening for long, seed catalogs seem to arrive almost daily this time of year. Many seed ...

Trolling on ice

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Open water trolling is a technique, or at least a phrase, that most anglers are familiar with. Trolling on the ice is a technique that more and more ice-anglers are becoming familiar with. Trolling on the ice might not make sense at first, but once you understand the concept, it will start ...

A dose of Iowa Nice

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So there I was on way to church on Christmas Eve. I left a little early to have time to put air in the tires on my little red car because I had just received a diagnostic report on email telling me that all four of them were five pounds low. And since I was heading out on a three-hour drive ...

Surviving the cold snap

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Iowa’s Great New Year’s Deep Freeze generated memories of brutal winters of my youth. Winter has never been my favorite season, but I found comfort in the fact winters of recent years seemed to be moderating. The most recent cold snap snapped us back to reality. Julie and I spent New ...

Collecting Christmas cards and memories

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Yes, I understand that not many of us send Christmas cards any more. But I still do. I like to get caught up on my people at least once a year, and any time of year I like to find real letters in my mail box. Sure I understand that the email inbox is faster, but there’s just something ...