Opinion

LOL: A strange new language

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Texting is something I can do but don't like to do. It's easier to carry on a telephone conversation than to type a message on a tiny little keyboard. That said I know texting is the "in" way to communicate nowadays.Texters have developed a special language for effective communication. It's a ...

Memorial Day memories

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Jam of the week: "The Waydown" by Modest MouseWhile my Memorial Day is usually marked with a lot of outdoor activity, being with family and most importantly, grilling, this past weekend in Webster City was much different.Of course, that difference was the weather we've had. I won't dwell on the ...

Athletes say thanks for support

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To the Editor:Thank you to the students, staff, and public for coming to our Torch Run ceremony and parade to show your support of our Special Olympic athletes. A very big thank you to Kenric Wienschenk from Friends Forever, for the time you spend planning, organizing, and preparing for our ...

One positive change leads to another

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I have had the honor of serving Webster City High School students for the past nine years - seven as the assistant principal and the last two as its principal - and in that time I have witnessed several notable positive shifts in both the climate and culture of the high school.To paraphrase ...

Why summer reading programs?

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Summer Reading Programs at the library are a time-honored tradition. Libraries across the United States have been hosting Summer Reading Programs since 1898. They are a cornerstone of library services, with 95% of public libraries offering Summer Reading Programs, and they are quite a bit of ...

Kudos to Banning

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To the Editor:Kudos to Troy Banning on your thoughtful and uplifting article on Jake Haugland and your coverage of State Track events.Your sports writing gets better every year. Your hard work throughout the entire year is much appreciated by area athletes and their fans.Virginia HoelscherWilliams

A prom to remember

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To the Editor:Saturday night, my sister and I had the honor of attending our first Southfield Wellness Community prom, where our mother, Velma Pelz is a resident.The staff was dressed in their prom dresses and they had put fancy dresses on the female residents and suit jackets on the male ...

Working with fire

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Jam of the week: "Day 13" by Ta-kuLast week was exceptional in a couple ways. It marked the official moving of my heavy clothing into storage with temperatures chasing triple digits. It also marked the second and third time I've responded to a local fire.Before last week, the only fire call I ...

Big fish

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Deer hunters measure racks. Golfers keep score and more. Baseball players hit for average and spit for distance. And fishermen oh boy, that's another story measure or weigh our catch, the bigger the better in most cases.Apparently, we fishermen have an innate need to keep track, to measure, ...

An open letter to the Class of 2013

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Congratulations! After 13 years of hard work you have been given an opportunity to stand before your friends and relatives in a flimsy gown and a square hat and then sit and listen to boring speakers. Some reward, huh? I hope your commencement program is more exciting than mine back in the Dark ...

A thank you to the lunch ladies

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In case you weren't aware, last week was officially "Say Thank You to Your Lunch Lady Week."I learned about it on a signboard near school; but it was more fun when one of the sixth graders to whom I serve breakfast most mornings told me, "Thanks for making me my lunch." He really pretty much ...

My dog, incognito

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There was a strange looking dog at my house last night when I got home. He looked a lot like a black labrador. He seemed friendly enough, tail wagging as I approached the house from the driveway.He had a familiar gait and a goofy, toothy grin that I seemed to recognize.It was Toby with a sleek ...

Generous donations noted

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To the Editor:We are indeed most fortunate to live and work in such a generous community as Webster City. Each year, many businesses and individuals volunteer their time, talent and treasure to benefit St. Thomas Aquinas School. This year, you exceeded all expectations, helping to raise nearly ...

Grateful for benefit

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To the Editor:Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul. To all of our family and friends who came together to organize the benefit and celebration of Pete Schnell's life. You are astounding in pulling together with your teamwork. A hug thank you to the numerous businesses that ...

Price difference in campgrounds

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To the Editor:I have been checking on campground prices. Hamilton County parks must be very special. They are $5 a night higher than Brushy Creek State Park. Brush has nice sites, near new showers and restrooms, a larger beach and very good fishing. The only thing different is the fact that ...

A clarification

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To The Editor:I would like to clarify a letter I wrote to you and you published on May 6, 2013. It was my intention to only recognize another pie maker in town. It was not intended to hurt feelings or make anyone question the Birthday Club's bakers.I wish the birthday club many more years of ...

Sharing a trip

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Jam of the week: "Lose Yourself to Dance" by Daft PunkWalking through the strong, hot breeze that Tuesday brought, an urge coursed through me that I had not felt since about this time last year, to travel. It's an odd urge, one that makes me want to go far away from where I call home. It's a ...

Flyways — Myths or exaggerations

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Because birds, especially waterfowl, are such remarkable, mesmerizing creatures, it's not surprising that many myths surround their frenetic lifestyles. The common flyway is one of them. The concept of flyways has seeped into the public consciousness to a remarkable degree. And it's all the ...

A lack of common sense

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Blooming tulips at the front door of the coffee shop down the street from the grain elevator added a bit of color to the otherwise drab exterior. Several pick-ups were parked in the gravel lot including a rusty old Studebaker. I knew Eb Griper was enjoying a cup of joe this morning.I found my ...

Tough challenge — less screen time

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I've been employed at a middle school long enough now that I know what it means to see a group of students (usually boys) huddled together in the cafeteria rather intently studying something held by one or maybe two of the guys.No, it's not baseball cards or cigarettes or girly pictures (the ...