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KYL: The ultimate study partner

August 29, 2014 I have to make a confession: I love this time of year. more »»

Making history every day

August 27, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Spirit in The Sky” by Norman Greenbaum I recently had the pleasure of bumping into dear friend, local historian and longstanding Daily Freeman-Journal contributor Nancy Kayser. more »»

Creeping Charlie control

August 26, 2014 Eradicate, annihilate and destroy- these words are often used in conjunction with discussions on the persistent weed problem of Creeping Charli. more »»

Labor Day thoughts from a retired worker

August 25, 2014 Labor Day 2014 will be my first Labor Day since retiring. This may be a good time for an old timer to reflect a bit on the matter of labor. I am fortunate. more »»

In a rush for food

August 25, 2014 There’s a certain type of terror that moves in when one is responsible for feeding 200+ people, and you realize that the food you were going to serve is not available. more »»

Keeping the boys entertained

August 22, 2014 There’s an interesting trend on Facebook. People post photos of their dogs with a sign around their necks which tells about they awful things those dogs have done. more »»

Cold water for a cause

August 20, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Helplessness Blues” by Fleet Foxes If you’ve visited a humble, little place called the internet lately, you’ve probably seen videos of people from celebrities to friends and famil... more »»

Time to think about fall

August 19, 2014 Now that the Iowa State Fair is over, schools have started again, and garden produce at peak; it is time to turn thoughts to the cooler weather ahead. more »»

A mid-summer bass trip

August 19, 2014 Last week my nephew Sam and I took our annual bass trip to west central Minnesota. We’ve been doing this for about ten years and have only missed one year. more »»

How old is your English?

August 18, 2014 While we still call it English, the language we speak today has changed dramatically over the years. more »»

Becoming a grandparent

August 18, 2014 I’m really not a fussy person. I don’t decorate that way; I don’t dress that way. I like simplicity, not clutter. I don’t care to wear flouncy or frilly or flowing. more »»

‘Ron Hooker has stories to tell’

August 15, 2014 “Ron Hooker has stories to tell.” It was a simple statement in an email that turned out to be so very true. more »»

From the page to the screen

August 15, 2014 I recently had a conversation with a young woman at the library’s check-out desk. She was asking for a copy of John Green’s young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars. more »»

Community health centers provide critical services for Iowa families

August 15, 2014 August 10, marked the beginning of National Health Center Week, a time to recognize the vital role of community health centers in America. more »»

Who are Master Gardeners?

August 13, 2014 "So what's the ‘big deal’ about being a Master Gardener? I've been gardening for years; I know all I need to know about gardening. more »»

A brief look to the past

August 13, 2014 Jam of the Week: “New York Kiss” by Spoon Trying to remember the good times is a common sentiment, but one that I think myself and others often overloo. more »»

Keep it simple for more fish

August 12, 2014 Fishing is different things to different people. more »»

Things I learned while looking for something else

August 11, 2014 When I was a young guy I enjoyed sitting in the reference section of a library reading encyclopedias, almanacs and atlases. I was (and remain) a nerd. more »»

A successful garage sale season

August 11, 2014 You know that going to garage sales is one of my favorite summer past times, and I’ve had a good season so far. Oh, I don’t go every weekend; just often enough. more »»

Back to the routine of school

August 8, 2014 School in Webster City starts in just 11 days. Between the county fair, a week of church camp, theater camp and other activities, my son has kept fairly busy most of the summer. more »»



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