Opinion

Planting seeds of beauty and change

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Cold wet springs like the one we had this year give all of us concern about getting the crops in or getting our gardens planted. The cycle of weather is basically a process that is beyond our control (other than impacts that may be associated with "global warming"). In essence we are at the ...

Congratulations to Powers

Letters to Editor

To the editor:Our sincerest congratulations go to Pat Powers for being honored for his contributions to this community and the state of Iowa. His can-do spirit propels so many worthy efforts. We are lucky to have him here.You may not know it, but the "Power" in our name Power Up YOUth is in ...

Hibbles and cussers

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In the home in which I was raised there were at least two things you didn't want to get caught doing (a) being a hibble and (b) cussing.Our mother did not like hibbles. Hibble (my spelling) is a Low German word and I have been unable to find an official definition. We Huisman kids understood a ...

Ice cream memories

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So now we have officially left National Ice Cream Month, which lasted throughout July. It's rather sad, but at least we can eat ice cream any month of the year. That's part of the beauty of this treat, because it's just good almost any time, if you ask me.Ice cream is a $10 billion industry ...

Summer Nights return next week

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Where did July go? We've been as busy as a one legged man in a kick boxing competition here at the Chamber. We started off the month July 5 with Summer Nights. First State Bank sponsored Adam Lee who performed a wide range of music. Webster City Custom Meats provided meat for the Boy Scouts to ...

Learn about the art of upcycling

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Summer is a great time for projects. Long days provide plenty of time to tackle projects of all shapes and sizes. Plus, if you have a school-aged child in your life, projects help fill the long hours of the summer to avoid the dreaded "I'm bored" being uttered.Upcycling is a growing trend, ...

Watermelon Day a success

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To the Editor:The Stanhope community hosted the 56th Watermelon Day on a day that was just about picture perfect. Cool temps and a bright sun along with all the smiles just added to the day's celebration.Although sponsored by the Stanhope Lions, Watermelon Day would not happen without the ...

Springing a leak

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Jam of the week: "Like A Friend" by PulpWhile the world still waits for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to find a new home from his current residence in an airport in Moscow, news of another prominent intelligence leaker came in Tuesday.Bradley Manning, who copied thousands of classified documents ...

Volunteers helped make Fourth of July celebration a success

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To the Editor:The Williams Lions Club would like to thank all of the hard-working volunteers for helping with the 62nd annual Fourth of July celebration.We want to thank all of the people for your attendance that day. The parade was wonderful with a large variety of entries.Also a big thank you ...

Character Counts program could help government officials

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To the Editor:Kudos to fired Special Agent Larry Hedlund, who committed the unthinkable when he reported a speeding auto containing Gov. Branstad to the proper officials, for paying the traffic fine of the trooper who was driving Branstad. And I think it wouild be fitting if we could enroll ...

Thinks SNAP is powerful, effective anti-hunger program

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To the Editor:As our members of Congress spend their August recess back home in our district, I urge them to listen to their constituents who call on Congress to protect funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP Nutrition Education (SNAP Ed). As a concerned ...

Eb Griper’s big secret

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I was confused. Eb Griper's old Studebaker pick-up truck was in the coffee shop parking lot but I couldn't find Eb inside.Finally I saw a vaguely familiar character wearing sunglasses. It looked like Eb but he was wearing and a beret instead of his seed corn cap. I was pretty sure it was my ...

A simple coat of paint

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As far as I can figure, the last time I painted an outside building was the summer after I graduated high school. That was decades ago, when I was younger and more limber. I painted a hog house then. And I just finished painting the wooden end of what was a hog house that is now a very ...

RFS has bolstered industry

Letters to Editor

To the Editor:As a General Manager from POET Biorefining-Gowrie, I help support Gowrie and Webster County's local economy. But it is not just me. Our engineers, our farmers, our technicians and our future industry leaders are working together to simultaneously strengthen America's energy ...

A fair learning experience

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I can count on one hand the number of times I went to the county fair when I was growing up. I wasn't in 4-H or FFA and we didn't really exhibit anything. I was a town kid, and back then, it was just the rural kids that got involved in 4-H.But now that I live in Hamilton County, going to the ...

One-year reflections

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Jam of the week: "Dream House" by DeafheavenDeja vu is something I've rarely encountered in Webster City. While I spend a lot of my time in some of the same areas of town, I've had just over a year to experience Webster City.Last year, shortly after I arrived in June, Webster City hosted ...

Simple obituary is not enough

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To the Editor:A simple obituary is not enough for some people like Elmer Clair. Elmer passed away in Minnesota, but lived most of his long life in and around Webster City. He was a farmer, carpenter, musician, repairman, husband, father, friend and on and on.Although Elmer was over 90 when he ...

Mowing the lawn or cutting grass?

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Watching a neighbor mow his lawn recently reminded me of my next door neighbor inSioux City nearly 40 years ago. A native of Maryland, Bob laughed whenever I talked about "mowing the lawn." Back in Maryland, Bob said, people "cut the grass." He had never heard "mowing the lawn" until he moved ...

Appreciating trees

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So I see that all that's left of one of the big cedar trees in front of the house where I grew up is a very neat pile of saw logs stacked close to where the tree was.It's sad to see that wood stacked there. The tree that's gone was one of six cedar trees in two columns that were always between ...

Ground zero for horse debate

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To the Editor:Iowa has become ground zero in the national debate on horse slaughter, now that the USDA has cleared a horse slaughter plant to begin butchering horses here. Not only will our state earn the disdain of 80 percent of Americans who disapprove of horse slaughter, but Iowans will have ...