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The backyard bird feeder

December 2, 2014 Well, here we are … just past the month of November and we still have song birds out there that should have migrated through here during the first week of September. more »»

Christmas is love in action

December 1, 2014 If I meet you on the street or in a store in the next few weeks I will wish you a Merry Christmas. I hope that’s okay with you. more »»

Giving back all year long

December 1, 2014 This is the time of year when most of us start to think seriously about giving, whether from a sense of obligation or joy or perhaps from finally believing the endless media ads telling us what to... more »»

A quiet day with family

November 28, 2014 It was a quiet Thanksgiving at the Blankenship house. We stayed home and had dinner with just Daniel and our four legged children. more »»

Making memories this winter

November 28, 2014 The total quiet woke me. At 2:30am on Dec. 22, 2013, I woke from a dead sleep, instinctively aware that something was wrong. more »»

A chance to make a difference

November 26, 2014 Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! Nov. 29, 2014 is Small Business Saturday around the United States. more »»

Iowa’s greatest teams — Our hometowns

November 26, 2014 Successful Iowa communities have similarities to winning sports teams. Championship teams have great coaches and talented players. more »»

Put a glow in your fishing

November 25, 2014 Lure presentation is always an important part of fishing success. more »»

Bobcat season is thriving

November 25, 2014 Bobcat season is thriving The Iowa bobcat season is alive and well. Better, much better than you might think. more »»

Peter Maxted, 85, Webster City

November 25, 2014 Peter Maxted, 85, Webster City, passed away Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at Van Diest Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are pending. more »»

LeRoy Sleiter, 68, Webster City

November 25, 2014 LeRoy J. Sleiter, 68, Webster City, formerly of Eagle Grove, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at the Taylor House in Des Moines. Funeral services are Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. more »»

Trivial matters: Master of Minutiae

November 24, 2014 Thirty-five years ago this December the world was introduced to a new board game called Trivial Pursuit. Though I have an aversion to most board games, I love this one. more »»

Living a grateful life

November 24, 2014 I wonder if it is possible to live in a truly grateful way, to develop and nurture a very real attitude of gratitude. To live without taking things and people and opportunities for grante. more »»

Adoption secures blessings of hope, home

November 21, 2014 There’s no place like home. During this season of thanksgiving, celebrating life’s blessings with family and friends offers Americans a time-treasured ritual observed for generations. more »»

A fishy take on a favorite dish

November 19, 2014 Jam of the Week: “White Lies, Yellow Teeth” by Modest Mouse Friday’s VeroBlue Farms open house was certainly among the most well-attended events I’ve gone to in more than two years in Webster Cit. more »»

Pilgrims, Indians and three sisters gardening

November 18, 2014 With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is a good time to review the gardening lessons Native American Indians may have taught Pilgrims almost four hundred years ago. more »»

Trust the depth-finder for more ice-fishing success

November 18, 2014 The pond froze over early this year, at least two weeks early and in most years it would still be a month before ice comes to the small body of water that I see most days. more »»

Pheasants make a comeback

November 18, 2014 November can only mean one thing to Iowa hunters across the state — pheasant hunting season is here. Well, maybe quail, too, but mainly it's what we've been waiting for all year — pheasant hunti. more »»

Support your neighbors, shop locally

November 14, 2014 Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and I’m starting to feel a little stressed. The holiday itself doesn’t rattle me. more »»

The holiday season at KY Library

November 14, 2014 When I was a kid, my mom was a coupon-clipping, money-saving superwoma. more »»



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