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Troubleshooting tomatoes

July 15, 2014 Tomatoes not setting fruit this year? With the number inquires received lately at local ISU Extension Offices, this is a problem being experienced by many folks in our area. more »»

A few summer suggestions

July 15, 2014 It’s this time of year every year when I re-remember some things. If you keep some of these things in mind, you may be more successful and enjoy your time on the water even more. more »»

Eb Griper’s political frustrations

July 14, 2014 It was a rainy day and I had a strong thirst for a cup of coffee. I pulled into the coffee shop parking lot and parked next to a familiar vehicle – Eb Griper’s old Studebaker pick-up. more »»

Saved by a stranger

July 14, 2014 So there I was one day last week, zipping north down a county blacktop road about noon, minding my own business as I marveled at the beauty of the summer day around me. more »»

Grabbing a meal at the park

July 11, 2014 Jam of the Week: “Through the Night” by Grum The more I’ve been cooking, the more new things I’ve tried. However, most of those things have been picked up at the grocery store. more »»

Great beach reads

July 9, 2014 While our temps have been cooler than usual lately, we are bound to get some hot summer weather eventually, right? Or maybe you and your family will be will be headed out on a family vacation. more »»

Japanese beetle – Squish, squash, soak

July 8, 2014 OK folks – the unwanted Japanese beetle has arrived to local gardens. more »»

Fishing for those mid-summer largemouth bass

July 8, 2014 In the Midwest, the walleye is the favorite fish of many anglers, and for good reason. more »»

The farmer wave

July 7, 2014 One of the things I enjoy about being back home in rural Iowa is the farmer wave. more »»

The slings of summer storms

July 7, 2014 I know I’m not the only gardener in Hamilton County feeling sad about Monday’s storm, but, oh, my garden was looking so good before that mean storm hit a week ago. more »»

Happy birthday, America

July 2, 2014 Celebrating the 4th of July brings family, friends and neighbors together for backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic parades. more »»

Nip garden pests before they nip you

July 1, 2014 July is a great month for garden tours and showing off your garden. Unfortunately, it is also a great time of year for garden pests as well. more »»

Enjoy your fishing more this summer

July 1, 2014 Lots of anglers refer to this time of year as the “Dog-Days of Summer. more »»

Ik heff een dicke buuk!

June 30, 2014 My first lessons in anatomy were in Low German. more »»

Heading back to camp

June 30, 2014 On my trip north last week, I found out that you can go home again. Like some of the best lessons, it is something I guess I already knew. But it never hurts to be reminded once more. more »»

Summer in July with the Chamber

June 27, 2014 July is a great time to live and work in Webster City! It's even busier than June was and we had a great time at Summer Nights in Jun. more »»

New state law is designed to reduce underage drinking

June 25, 2014 Beginning July 1, every police and sheriff’s department in Iowa will have an additional tool to help reduce underage drinking: a social host law. more »»

A crash course at Camp Dodge

June 25, 2014 Jam of the Week: “La Ritournelle” by Sébastien Tellier Last week, Daily Freeman-Journal readers got just a sneak peek into the training facilities at Camp Dodge in Johnston. more »»

Summer action over and around the weeds

June 24, 2014 As summer progresses, the various vegetation in the lakes becomes a big factor in our fishing. The different types of vegetation that live in the lakes will be home to a variety of fish species. more »»



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