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Turf Wars: preventing fungal attack

August 5, 2014 Walking through the yard and your shoes become covered with an orange dust? Patches of orange powder found in the lawn? Rover turning red with residue? These are some of the recent calls receive... more »»

Another trip to Lake Kabetogama

August 5, 2014 I just returned from my most recent trip to Kabetogama Lake in northern Minnesota. Kab is a 25,000 acre lake that has lots of island. more »»

No back-to-school sentimentalities

August 4, 2014 In a few weeks children across America will be returning to the classroom. Meanwhile, Back to School sales abound on Main Street and in shopping malls. more »»

Naming garden enemies

August 4, 2014 There are any number of questions I wish I could still ask my dad, who has been gone for four years already now. One thing I’d like to know more about is his World War II Navy experiences. more »»

Time to simplify your life

August 1, 2014 Did you know the first week in August was National Simplify your Life Week? Neither did we. more »»

Tales of tomatoes

July 30, 2014 Jam of the Week: “New Generation” by Damu The Fudgemunk As August nears, my internal clock compels me to eat BLT sandwiche. more »»

Flower color change

July 29, 2014 Perhaps you have heard people say – My Asiatic lilies changed from pink to orange this year to. Or maybe this - Grandma's rose bush always had yellow blooms, but now, her roses have turned red. more »»

Planer boards: Not just for walleye

July 29, 2014 Planer boards have been a part of many walleye anglers arsenal for a long time. Salmon and trout anglers also employ boards frequently. more »»

Back home where I belong

July 28, 2014 Nearly four months have passed since I left suburban Des Moines to move back to my home county in north central Iowa. more »»

Me against mice

July 28, 2014 Believe me, it is not a good way to be welcomed home from a trip to find that a varmint has left a mess in your bread door after hanging out there for some tim. more »»

Ginger snaps and memories

July 25, 2014 Next week would have been my grandmother's birthday. She's gone now, but lived to the ripe old age of 103. more »»

Fun times at the county fair

July 23, 2014 Jam of the Week: “All In” by Flying Lotus Whether in Hamilton County or back home in Illinois, I always get excited for the county fair. The sights, the smells, the excitement always get me. more »»

Question: How does the City determine which streets will be repaired?

July 23, 2014 Each year City engineering staff and the City’s engineering firm inspect every street as to the type/volume of traffic, and surface condition and score it accordingly. more »»

Diagnosing yellow leaves – a rainbow of reasons

July 22, 2014 Why are the leaves on my plant turning yellow? This is question commonly heard at ISU Extension Offices. more »»

Fish for fish than want to eat

July 22, 2014 When anglers go fishing, they want to catch a fish. In fact, they want to catch lots of fish. more »»


July 21, 2014 Everywhere you turn these days we see advertisements for products that promise to improve our health. They’re on television and radio, in newspapers and magazines, on the internet… everywhere. more »»

Marginal minutes

July 21, 2014 When you think of it, in our lives there are many little things that happen practically as an afterthought that often stay with us and have an impact on our live. more »»

Getting ready for the fair

July 18, 2014 There’s an odd collection of things on my kitchen table this week and I fear it will only get worse in the coming week. more »»

Find a new hobby at your library

July 18, 2014 Looking for something new in your life? The library is a great resource for learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby, whether it is brewing beer or finally learning how to knit. more »»

Two years going strong

July 16, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Lately” by Memoryhouse About two years ago, I was the new face in the office of The Daily Freeman-Journal. more »»



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